Book Review – “Parenting In Christ” by Christina Dronen

Parenting in Christ: Treasures for Parenting from Jesus is a new book, written by Christina Dronen.  It is a lovely little study book, containing 10 short lessons, perfect for personal study or a small group setting. This is a very gentle book and respectful of children. I was quite impressed with these lessons and recommend the book highly.

I did, however, have some concerns [Read more…]

Dr. Seuss and the Issue of Consent

At the risk of ruining a favorite children’s book for you, I would like to share this perspective of Green Eggs and Ham. (Disclaimer: This does not appear to be a Christian blog and there is one mildly strong word which could offend.) However, this message is something I think is important to consider. What you do with this message is up to you. I’m thinking that one should at least discuss the concepts with children as the book is read.

A Christian Look at Domestic Violence

So many Christians do not understand domestic abuse. They often teach that a Christian wife should just submit and pray harder. This booklet looks at what the Bible teaches about abusive behavior using the story of David and Saul as an example. Obviously, the relationship between Saul and David was not the same as the relationship between a husband and wife, it was more like that of a father and son. However, the general abuse dynamics are the same and it is a very interesting study. This study would be very good to share with a pastor or anyone who you feel needs more insight into abuse.

Update on Steph’s Book

Please click on the posters for the blog post. You may contact Steph at GentleFirmness2014 (at) hotmail (dot) com or through her Facebook page.

The best sale for the book, “Gentle Firmness” through Monday, Dec 12.

Stephanie Cox is selling signed copies for her book “Gentle Firmness” at the lowest price ever, only $20 with FREE shipping! You still have 2 days to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to buy this book for yourself and as Christmas presents. In order to take advantage of this sale you need to contact Stephanie directly. You can message her through Facebook or email her at GentleFirmness2014 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

For more from Stephanie Cox, please see her articles here.

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Parenting in the Name of God E-Book

C.L. Dyck has graciously allowed me to host her free e-book. Her summary text is as follows:

Is the child-training method of homeschool business No Greater Joy Ministries a factor in child deaths? Sean Paddock (2006) and Lydia Schatz (2010) both died at the hands of parents who allegedly followed Michael Pearl’s child training method. But what influence, if any, might Pearl’s teachings have had on the parents’ thinking?

In the wake of intense online debate and controversy in 2010, this project undertook an in-depth review of No Greater Joy Ministries’ doctrinal ideas. It was assembled with the assistance of a 10-member review team who provided theological and editorial guidance for the project.

The e-book is 76 pages, and is available as a free download for the information of the Christian homeschooling community and other interested parties.

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To download, please click here.

Jennifer McGrail Reviews Gentle Firmness

Jennifer McGrail has posted a very favorable book review of Gentle Firmness by Stephanie Cox.  Here is an excerpt from her review:

Gentle Firmness, by Stephanie Cox, is one of the most important new books to join the gentle parenting movement, particularly for Christians.  Thorough and well-researched, it takes an unflinching look at the history of spanking within the Christian faith;  why the Bible doesn’t actually say what so many well-intentioned pro-spankers think it says; the harmful and often long-term effects of spanking;  and finally, practical suggestions on what peaceful parents can do instead.

It is an excellent review, so I’m sure you’re going to want to read the rest.

Jesus, The Gentle Parent by L.R. Knost

L.R. Knost’s new book, Jesus, The Gentle Parent is now available at Amazon.com.

Here is information about the book from her webpage, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources.

I’m hearing good things about this book and will post book reviews as I find them.

eta:  More info here.

Gentle Firmness by Stephanie Cox Needs Reviews

Stephanie Cox’s book, Gentle Firmness is now available  everywhere books are sold.  You can find it at Amazon.com as well as Barns And Noble.

If you have read the book (or the rough draft of it when it was here on this site,) please go and leave your review.

If you have not had a chance to read it, you can still read some large excerpts here.

Book About Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide

I received a comment, informing me about a book which mentions the Pearls. This book has gotten good and interesting reviews and I thought it might be of interest.

If you do not want to read the whole book, you can see a preview on Google Reads.  There is a search function for if you wish to find the part where the Pearls are mentioned.

On a side note, the review I linked above mentions Scientology.  That reminds me of a very interesting video I saw lately in which the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard exposes the family secrets about the beginning of Scientology.

Gentle Firmness, now available!

Maybe you saw Steph’s series which previewed here in 2011. It started with, Spanking is NOT God’s Will, followed by The Christian History of Spanking, The Effects Of Spanking and ended with Discipline Without Harm.   Well, she has turned it into a Gentle Parenting book which is now available!  You can either order the print version or download e-book here.  If you would like an idea of what the book is like, there are still a few chapters of her rough draft here.  Congratulations Steph! May God be glorified.

A Survivor Speaks

M. Dolon Hickmon shares about the abuse he endured while growing up and how being spanked “The Right Way” almost destroyed him in this (*triggering*) letter he wrote to Michael Pearl.  This post serves to introduce his Opus (a work of fiction)  which apparently needs backers. However, it does seem like it could be of interest to my audience, especially since works of fiction have been known to be the catalyst for social reform in many cases.  Some notable examples would be Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Ramona and The Grapes of Wrath.

Here is the author’s response to the question of why he doesn’t just get a publisher.

Update:  The book has been published and got a favorable Kirkus Review.

Calulu has a book review of M. Dolon Hickmon’s book 13:24.

**** Warning!  Book triggering for abuse survivors****

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

Click Here to download the book
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.

After reading this book, please send your thoughts to Samuel Martin at info@biblechild.com.  He really wants to hear both your critiques and your testimonies.

To open the book, please click on the image of the book on the right.        ————>

You will need Adobe® Reader® in order to view the book.  You can download the newest version here.  Mobil Users can download the mobile version here.

You can read the book on this site or save it by clicking the Save icon which looks like a floppy disk.  You can also save it to your computer without opening it by right clicking on the  image  and selecting Save As.

If you need more help, please write to me me at HermanaLinda at Whynottrainachild.com

If you want to convert this PDF for your Kindle, I found some options.

Disclaimer, I don’t have a Kindle and cannot vouch for any of these.

Discussion on Amazon about converting through email.

How to Optimize PDF’s for Kindle.

Get a Free PDF of Samuel Martin’s Book

Author Samuel Martin says in his latest blog post that he is now willing to send a free PDF of his book, Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me: Christians And The Spanking Controversy to anyone who emails him at info@biblechild.com to request it.
Edited to add:  Samuel Martin says,

I just saw on Amazon that hard copies of my book are selling for $207.33 US Dollars. Can that be possible? I can tell you that that is not right. If you do like to get a hard copy of my book (Thy Rod and Thy Staff, They Comfot Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy – The first edition is still in print, but not for much longer), just call 1 800 204 2063 – Archives Book Shop – A great source for all of your new and used Christian book needs. But my free ebook is still free and remains free until corporal punishment/smacking/spanking of children ends – write info@biblechild.com to get yours.

Update: The free ebook version of the book is now available for download.

Understanding Biblical Gender Equality

Hope Abigail Freeman wrote to me saying

…I have written a new book called “Understanding Biblical Gender Equality”, which is free to read online at the website http://www.WalkinTruth.net

It’s brand new, the site just launched recently, and it should be available in paperback soon also. If you take a look you can see, I’m trying to “take back” 3 John 1:4.

I was in a very spiritually abusive relationship, domestic violence situation for 6 years.  As soon as I became a Christian I fell into a hole of abusive patriarchy, and it took years of the Holy Spirit working with me to get out of that hole.  This book is a compilation of what I have learned from the Bible in that process.

The book takes a very conservative methodology of scriptural analysis, and has a heavy emphasis on helping women to recognize abuse, and that God loves them and wants better for them.

Review of No Greater Joy Child-Training Doctrine

Scita>Scienda has finally released their eBook, Parenting In The Name of God

Books

Samuel Martin, Religious and Hebrew Scholar, has written a book about Christians and the Spanking Controversy.  You can also have him email you a free PDF file of the book by sending a request to info@biblechild.com or download it here.  More about Samuel Martin and his book(s) here.

NoSpank has a PDF book on their site called, Nonviolent Christian Parent.

If you must read “To Train Up A Child” for research and don’t want to buy the book,  you can read it here.