“Zimzum of Love” Review: 1-43, “Responsive”

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons Honestly, I’m still not really clear on the zimzum part of this book. Rob and Kristen seem to have connected with the metaphor strongly, but I’m not finding in it everything they did. I’m not sure how Rob was introduced to the concept, since what I can find has it appearing in Life of Pi and Kaballah, and Rob says it comes from “the rabbinic tradition.” I know I have Jewish readers, so if you could help me out with where this term comes from that would be spectacular. … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet – Part One: The Wedding

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows And Kids CollideWe've hit a new low - the title of the chapter is triggering for me. I'm going to need to move through this chapter in smaller bits than usual. My wedding day was bittersweet. My best friend, Jess, died in a car accident the day before the wedding driving to help us decorate for the reception. I was alternating between numbed shock, pain, exhaustion, gratitude for being surrounded by friends and family and happiness I was marrying my husband.I'm certain nothing Debi says is going to help anyone facing a similar situation. … [Read more...]

Introduction – ‘Be Fruitful and Multiply’ Review

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NLQ Book Review of Nancy Campbell’s “Be Fruitful & Multiply” by Suzanne TitkemeyerNow Nancy starts trying to explain the main focus of her book - that God wants everyone to marry and have enough children to qualify for the the hit list of the zero population growth organization.Here are the three things that Nancy says are the traditional reasons to marry as laid out by wedding vows ... Firstly, it was ordained for the increase of mankind, according to the will of God and that children might be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord and to the praise of His holy name.Secondly, it was ordained in order that the natural instinct and affections, implanted by God, should … [Read more...]

Foreword – ‘Be Fruitful & Multiply’ Review

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NLQ Book Review of Nancy Campbell's "Be Fruitful & Multiply" by Suzanne TitkemeyerOriginally I was not going to do a chapter of my review on the foreword. But then I took a look at who actually wrote the foreword,  one Doug Phillips of Vision Forum. Vision Forum, that huge Evangelical Christian Quiverfull ministry devoted to making sure women were treated like inferior second class citizens in the kingdom of God, only fit to be walking uterii that could cook, work a vacuum cleaner and homeschool a huge passel of children birthed through quiverfull practices. No minds,no independent thought, no free agency, no freedoms. Only constant service to the Lord (her husband and/or father). … [Read more...]

Review: ‘The Zimzum of Love’: Introduction to the Series

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons Hello, again! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season. Mine was a good, long break that I definitely needed– didn’t really realize how much I needed it, although by the end of last week I was antsy to get back to work. Unfortunately, I bruised/broke my tailbone this weekend, which has made sitting down … uncomfortable. Right now I’m anticipating being able to keep to my schedule (except for this week– period week), but we’ll see how it goes. I’m not going to push myself, as how fast my tailbone heals depends almost entirely on how careful I am with it. … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet – Part Two: Cinderella

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideWe get to meet "Cinderella" whose name is actually Leah. Cinderella: story five by David and Leah SpinaWho should I date and marry? Are my standards too high? Is God really in control? Will I ever get married?My husband and I wish we could sit down with each of you over a cup of coffee, look you straight in the eye and answer those questions with zeal! … [Read more...]

“Real Marriage” Review: 207-222, ‘Reverse-Engineering Your Life and Marriage’

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons Well, folks, we finally did it. We managed to make it all the way through to the very bitter end of Mark and Grace Driscoll’s Real Marriage. Usually I’m excited about wrapping up one of these review series, but all I can manage to feel about finishing this one is … relief. I’m not entirely sure why reading Real Marriage was so much more draining than Fascinating Womanhood or Captivating, but it has been. … [Read more...]

“Real Marriage” review: 156-176, “Selfish Lovers and Servant Lovers”

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons [note: this post inspired some swearing] This chapter seems to be laying all the necessary groundwork for the last chapter in the “Sex” section of the book, and from the title (“Can We ____?”) I’m guessing that’s the one that caused some of the firestorm around it. Honestly, unless he does something drastic in that last chapter, I’m going to be a little confused as to why people were so bothered, since he hasn’t said too much at this point that I haven’t heard echoed in plenty of other corners. … [Read more...]

“Real Marriage” review: 107-122, ‘Sex: God, Gross or Gift?’

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons This chapter seems to be Mark and Grace’s attempt at establishing a historical context for arguments they’ll make later; it’s basically nothing more than an extremely truncated and condensed version of how sex has been viewed in Ancient Near Eastern (“biblical”) and Christian cultures. The unfortunate thing is that their history lesson is … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: Three Types of Women – Part 6

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideDebi is about to begin another "pick a verse - any verse!" Bible interpretation of why women should be submissive to men. "The Hebrew word Ayzer, from which the English words help meet come, mean one who helps.  Woman was created to be a helper who was suited to meet the man's needs, to fill in between the lines.  The female is a softer image, one step removed from the original.  I am his curves.  I am his sweetness, thoughtfulness, compassion, sensitivity and so on. " Again, I feel bad that Debi has known so few men that she honestly believes that men cannot be thoughtful, sweet, sensitive or compassionate.  The vast majority of … [Read more...]


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