TTUAC: The Good, The Bad and The Shocking

Elizabeth, at Virginia Is For Mothers, reviews To Train Up A Child. In part 1 she shares her overall reaction which is mixed, and then what she found Good and Helpful about the book. I agree that there are some good and helpful messages in that book. To say otherwise is to put up a wall between us and those who are so taken by the good that they downplay the bad or don’t see it at all. There is a lot of good and that is what makes the book so dangerous. Nobody would eat a bitter tasting poison, it needs to be mixed with honey if anyone is going to eat it. And yes, this is is a very good honey.

But Elizabeth is not fooled. She says:

Here’s what I think about To Train Up A Child: SIGH….these people are such a mixed bag of normalcy and wisdom with a whole lot of weird thrown in. It takes a lot of concentration to weed through the information and advice to find pieces that I think are reasonable and biblical. Once again, I did glean some encouragement and reminders to do what I already believe in doing. So, I’m going to start with that and later write about the (many) parts of the book that had me raising my eyebrows, cringing and picking my jaw up off the floor.

Which brings us to Part 2 in which she reminds people not to fall into the error of relying to heavily on one parenting method and then shares what she found Weird, Harsh and Downright Shocking.  She includes plenty of quotes to back up her conclusions.  I’m glad that she is participating in warning people about this book.


  1. Virginia Is For Mothers on March 4, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I realize it’s been a while since you’ve posted this and linked to me (just figured out how to track traffic). I’ve read through much of the information posted on your site and while I disagree with a great deal of it, I’m happy to contribute to the anti-Pearl side of things. Their teachings (mainly on parenting) really are over-the-top and extreme and I just find myself shocked at how popular they actually are.

    • Hermana Linda on March 4, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Thank you. I’m glad you approve because I would not feel comfortable linking without your approval. I realize that we disagree on many things and I’m glad that we can work together on the basis of what we have in common. <3

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