(Not) An Open Letter to the Pearls

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by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons and Homeschoolers Anonymous Samantha Field blogs at Defeating the Dragons, and she was recently featured in a Christianity Today story entitled, “Finding Faith After Spiritual Indoctrination.” This piece was originally published on her own blog, and is reprinted with her permission. Also by Samantha on HA: “We Had To Be So Much More Amazing” and “The Supposed Myth of Teenaged Adolescence.” … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which Debi Can’t Read Genesis

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 118 Debi starts this next section with a quick overview of what is required of a help meet: God tells us that we are to be help meets: We are to submit, obey, and even … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: An Army of Two

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 117-118 Hold onto your hats, because this week is going to be an interesting one. In this section, Debi is heavy on the military metaphors, and it gets pretty intense. Your husband, dud that he may “appear” to be, is appointed by God to be your immediate Superior Officer in the chain of command. Your position under him is where God put you for your own spiritual, emotional, and physical safety. It is the only position where you will find real fulfillment as a woman. Don’t worry about the quality of his leadership, for he is under the oversight of Jesus Christ. He must answer to God for … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: You Only Think You’re Spiritual!

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 109-10 Women, in general, give the appearance of being more spiritual than men. They like to dabble in soulish thoughts. There are many ways of expressing spirituality, but most of them have nothing to do with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. We ladies are more inclined to trust in our feelings and intuition than are men, which makes us more subject to deception, just like sister Eve. Feelings and intuition are ever-changing. The Word of God is objective and dogmatic—unchanging. It is to religion what hard facts are to science. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Woman Was Deceived

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy  Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 106—108 This chapter is called “The Nature of Man and Woman.” Last week, in the first section of this chapter, we learned that it is in men’s nature to beat their chests and roar at each other while women by nature sit back, admire, and wait to be conquered. This next section is called “The Woman Was Deceived.” I think you can guess the topic. Debi starts by telling the story of the fallen angel Lucifer and God’s creation of Adam. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Debi’s Abuse Meter is Broken

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, p. 92 Here we come to the end of Debi’s discussion of the three types of men she lays out—Command Man, Mr. Visionary, Mr. Steady. In this summary section, Debi compares the actions that the “Ruination Wife” can take to destroy a marriage to each of the three types with the actions the “Successful Wife” can take to heal a marriage to each of the three types. Let’s take a look: … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Don’t Take Your Mr. Steady for Granted

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 86-92 God is as steady as an eternal rock, caring, providing, and faithful, like a priest—like Jesus Christ. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Created in the Image of Man

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 75-76 In this section Debi argues that there are three basic “types” of men, … [Read more...]

I Was An Abusive Homeschooling Mother

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by Brooke Leyzorek cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous I Was An Abusive Homeschooling Mother: Brook Leyzorek’s Story Trigger warning: this story contains a detailed description of physical abuse. I was an abusive homeschooling mother. I can’t change that fact by writing about it. … [Read more...]

Cloistered Fruit (Not) An Open Letter to the Pearls

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by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons So, a friend of mine sent me this post by Michael and Debi Pearl the other day. I encourage you to go read it, just so that you have some context for the following rant and can follow along. … [Read more...]