Quoting Quiverfull: A Girl’s ‘List’?

Quoting Quiverfull: A Girl’s ‘List’? July 21, 2014

featuring Debi Pearl talking about her book Preparing To Be A Help Meet

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Jessica Roulston

    There is a part of me that understands a little of where she is coming from. You can’t worry to much about the person you are going to marry. You have to improve yourself. Although for her these improvements are towards your ultimate husband. To me this seems really annoying. I improve myself so that I can respect myself!

  • Nea

    Any sympathy I had for Debi’s position as an abused wife melted in the heat of the beaming smile she gives that teenager as a reward for throwing away her autonomy, standards, and boundaries.

    I suppose someone has to look happy at that performance, because the teenager certainly doesn’t!

  • lh

    When she starts talking about behaviors being “male-ish” I just…I don’t even have words. That’s not “male-ish” that’s inconsiderate and rude. One of my favorite qualities about my boyfriend is that he is neat and clean and he doesn’t hate housework as much as I do. One of the reasons I admire that quality in him so much is because I spent my entire life until moving out cleaning up after my dad, who my mom didn’t ever expect to lift a finger in the house. I can honestly say that I would never marry a guy who isn’t at least willing to help around the house. I always believed that being messy and not cleaning up after yourself was a male quality too, until I got out and realized that in most normal, functional families, everyone pitches in.

  • Trollface McGee

    I love how Debi says that you can’t have a man who’s considerate, has a decent job and participates in his kids lives because there are three categories of men and you can’t have all three in one man, that would be madness!
    It’s so weird because most of the married men(and women) I know are considerate, involved in their kids’ lives and have decent jobs(or at least care about providing for their family over some stupid hare-brained scheme).
    Debi just wants more company to share in her misery and sell books while she’s at it.

  • Independent Thinker

    This sounds like marriage advice from Dottie Sandusky. Jerry and Dottie Sandusky attended St. Paul’s Methodist Church in State College, Pennsylvania. Jerry paid the bills and went to church. Dottie kept her mouth shut and honored her husband. She even washed the sheets he attacked young boys on.

  • Catherine

    Blech!

  • elanoreirlys

    That poor teenager– she went from a girl who wanted a decent human being for a husband, to a woman who wants to wait hand and foot on her husband like a servant.

  • B.E. Miller

    That teen sounds a lot more ‘together’ than Debi. Poor teen….

  • Sara Lin Wilde

    “If I honour and respect a man, everything else falls in order.”

    No, it really doesn’t.