Forgedimagination responds to an article by the Pearls in Cloistered Fruit: (Not) An Open Letter To The Pearls. This is a rather extreme example of their teaching that everything comes down to being the fault of the woman (or in this case, women.)
Sheila Wray Gregoire discusses Debi Pearl, Wife Abuse and True Submission in Submission Doesn’t Mean Lying Over And Taking It. The discussion in the Comments is also very interesting. It was there that I found he following link:
Natalie at Dusty Feet has been working on a very detailed book review of Created To Be His Help Meet.
Complementarian Tim Challies analyses Debi Pearl’s book, Created To Be His Help Meet and points out his concerns with the teachings therein.
Part 1 looks at the harsh and critical spirit and the foolish counsel.
Part 2 looks at “poor theology, poor use of Scripture and far too little gospel.”
This is an excellent review to share with complementarians.
ChucklesTravels reviews Created To Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl which he deems Dangerous Advice mixed with a lot of Heresy.
Aubry Grace looks at the fallacy of trying to follow the advice in books like Created To Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl and An Excellent Wife by Martha Peace in her post, The Gospel Driven Marriage: How To Be A Good Wife. Excellent advice which I think every married person should read.
And in the interest of fairness, here is a good post for the unmarried to read. <3
Elizabeth, at Virginia Is For Mothers, reviews Created To Be His Help Meet. While she got a lot of positive things out of it, she has some concerns. I am linking to this post for 2 reasons.
1) This is a good review to share with people who got a lot out of the book and are wondering what could possibly be wrong with it. If you share a very negative review with them, they will likely be resistant to the message therein. This review brings up concerns from someone who, for the most part, liked the book.
2) She is interested to know what others got out of it. I assume that she will find her way here and may be interested in the other reviews which I have collected.
By the way, she asks what we think about the allegation that Bathsheba can be blamed for enticing King David by bathing on her roof. The roof in those days was what our patios are today, it was probably enclosed and she probably did not expect anyone to be able to see her. I’m not sure if that was the usual custom or not. Also, the Bible says that it was the time when Kings go to war. I have heard many sermons teach that King David had no business in the palace at all because he was supposed to be at war leading his men. It seems to me that she thought that all the men were at war and would not be spying on her. But even if she were trying to entice him, the fault would still be his for not looking away and resisting. We can look at Joseph in his encounter with Potiphar’s wife to see how God expects a man to react to temptation.
Another wife has tried and tested Debi Pearl’s Book, Created To Be His Help Meet and found that it nearly destroyed both her and her marriage. She tells her story in An Open Letter To Debi Pearl.
Created to be his Help Meet – A Review (sort of) is an exposé of Created To Be His Help Meet. He does a very good job of responding to the problematic parts of this book with Biblical corrections.
I just came across an interesting post from ThatMom about Debi Pearl and her book, Created To Be His Helpmeet. She is responding to Joy, who defended Debi Pearl in a comment on a previous post back in March of 2010:
Glenys shares a heartbreaking and powerful blog entry about an abusive marriage and exposes how damaging the advice contained in Created To Be His Helpmeet, by Debi Pearl, is.
I find it odd that Yahoo News has a good review of Debi Pearl’s newest book, Preparing To Be A Help Meet.
You may comment on that article there as well as on the Topix site.
Yahoo did not allow me to submit my comment, probably because it was a link to this site. My concerns about this new book are based on my concerns about the original book Created To Be His Help Meet. I have links to many book reviews of that book which explain the dangerous teachings in that book.
Edited to add: As of Dec 23, 2010 those link are no longer valid. Just as well. 😉
Spunky’s Blog entry about Created To Be His Helpmeet
The Pearls Respond to the Blogs by Spunky
Today, I’ll let Mr. Pearl speak for himself… by Rebecca
I feel sorry for Debi and Michael Pearl! from Emotional Abuse and Your Faith
Razorbackmama’s commentary of Created To Be His Helpmeet