Download Thy Rod And Thy Staff They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy

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Great news!  Samuel Martin has graciously allowed me to host his book, Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy.  This is a FREE ebook which you can download at any time and share with your friends. All applicable copyright laws apply.  For more info about the book, please see these 22 Testimonies about the book.

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About Hermana Linda
Hermana means sister in Spanish and Linda is my name. I was born in late 1960 to a mother who had traveled around the world and had been impressed at the baby wearing she saw in Africa and Japan. While in Japan she purchased the baby carrier in which she is wearing me in my avatar. By the grace of God, I trusted Jesus as my personal savior in 1983. He gave me a husband in 1987 and 2 sons in the early 1990's. All glory to God.

Comments

  1. Lauren says:

    This can be formatted into a Kindle version – it doesn’t have to be distributed through Amazon’s store either. Please look into getting someone to format this into a good version for Kindle! Thanks so much!!

    • So, Kindle can’t read a PDF file? Thanks for letting me know that. I’ll look into that.
      Update: From what I can see, each person needs to convert it themselves for their version of Kindle. I included some info in the post. Thanks again.

      • Mark says:

        Kindle can definitely read a .pdf file. Sometimes a .pdf file won’t look as good as you want in a Kindle in which case you can use a free ebook reader and converter program like the one found at http://calibre-ebook.com .

  2. Gina Acevedo says:

    Typo on page 11. Should be ‘When parents sin…’ Not parents’. That apostrophe shows parents ownership. In the context you are using, it appears you just mean parents plural.

  3. Andrew says:

    Kindle can read PDF files, it will even convert PDF files for you if you email the PDF to your kindle email address.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/email

  4. Ana says:

    Thank you!

  5. Molly Abbey says:

    I have raised three children, with spanking as part of that raising. I actually abused by oldest daughter, she was four years old, and afraid of monsters in her closet. My thinking was, you have to keep the upper hand or you have lost control also I had some stupid belief that kids shouldn’t sleep with their parents. I was at church one time and my son was about two years old. It was before church had really started and he was on my lap. He was an active little kid and I couldn’t get him to be still. I tried for several minutes with no luck. I took him into the nursery and spanked his little legs, hard enough to leave red slap marks. At different times, when I would let myself think about these two dispicable instances, shame and guilt would almost overwhelm me. I believed then that I was worthless, I verbally abused my daughter before my son was born. Later on in my life I was diagnosed as bi-polar, to myself I believe this is not an excuse, but maybe a reason. It certainly explained many things in my life. Thinking back I was bi-polar, at least from the age of nine or ten.
    The reason for this confession is, for many years I have struggled with abuse heaped upon my little brother. I have never been able to reconcile that my mother, my birth father, or my step- father who all claimed to be Christians, could heap that abuse on their little baby boy, and continued on until he committed suicide in 1976. He was twenty-seven. As he was hurrying to the spot where he used the gun he said this is something that should have been done twenty-seven years ago. I knew what he meant, but it really puzzled my stupid, ignorant step-father and my mother my birth-father had abandoned us in about 1955, never in the picture after that time. I am only going to tell about one incidence of abuse to him. We, the family, were living in Witchta, KS. during one of the times that we were with the parents, in between the times we were pawned off on my grandma. I call this the Christmas beating. It started as we were going to the house we were living in. Lester was leaning up over the front seat saying’God you something and God you something else’ he was waving his finger in kind of a shame on you gesture. I think this was the first time I felt the dread I started feeling at anytime I knew he was in trouble. When the car stopped my mother moved as though she were on a mission. She went to the back car door and reached in and pulled him out, marched him into the house saying to him “what did you say?” When we were inside she got her dad’s razor strap, which was her keepsake when he passed away. She folded it in half, holding the two ends in her hand. She began beating him on his little butt, after bending him over the couch. All this time she was saying “what did you say what did you say”? She would stop and roll him on his back so she could really get in his face. The tears were flying and he was sobbing. When he didn’t or couldn’t tell her what she wanted to hear, he was turned back over and the beating began again. I’m not sure how many times this was repeated, but she still didn’t get an answer, my birth-father took the strap and said, ” here let me work on him for a while” sometime during this I began to cry, when my mother noticed, she brought me over and said “look sissy is crying you need to tell me what you said”. It was Christmas time because I was standinge beside the tree. As I remember this stupid, treacherous, dysfuntional behavior the anger and rage still comes up in my throat and I want to growl and scream about the inhumaness of this farce. I don’t remember the rest of the evening, but I know there was no holding in arms or comforting extended to him. We just went to bed and life went on.(I now think what life?)It was never mentioned until one day after we were back at grandmas he told me he still had bruises from the beating,my word not his. I poohed poohed him and he never mentioned it again. At the age I was I take no blame for anything that I didn’t do for Lester, I didn’t know what to do or have any realization that I should do something. I certainly had no example. There was physical and verbal abuse from the time my birth-father left us on into individual abuse by my mother and when she married my step-father, she continued on with the verbal and my step–father used verbal, but also physical abuse. If there had been a plan to make him know that he or anything he felt or wanted it couldn’t have worked any better than all the BS heaped upon him. They thought he was a bad seed, had a flawed character, and they were so cursed to have a child like that. BS BS BS BS. I have received extensive counseling and therapy and take meds to help me deal with my bi-polar and I am in the best place in my life as I have ever been. I think it is coming together for me about Lester and the guilt I felt and feel for hating these three people who actually killed Lester. I am going to allow myself this hate and unforgiveness of them and trust God to lead me through this to forgiveness. For all the jerking around that happened to us we were lost little children, and NO ONE ever tried to help us in any way.
    I know this was not intended for what I have used it for, but since I finally have found someone interested in and with knowledge of scripture and close to our Lord, my thinking on this spank or not to spank, has been clarified for me for the very first time. Praise God that I was led to this great correct information from our Lord.

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