Victoria Strong Analyses The Strong-Willed Child by James Dobson

Victoria Strong blames her abusive childhood on the teachings of Dr. James Dobson and is now reviewing his book, The Strong-Willed Child.  She explains why in this heartbreaking quote:

So that is why I’m reviewing this book. I need to know what it says. I need some answers as to why my parents seemed to hate me so much. Why they were constantly angry with me. Why I was beaten with belts, punched in the stomach, slammed into walls, slapped across the face, and berated constantly, all in the name of tough love, the Bible, and most often, “Dr. Dobson says…”. Why I was never permitted to tell my side of the story or explain myself. Why they always, always, always assumed the worst about me. I need to know. I need to heal. So without further adieu, let’s dig in, shall we?

She starts here with the Dedication, and already has 7 posts up and is only on page 19 of the book at this writing.

It is very sad that her parents tried to raise her under Biblical teachings and yet failed to raise her to believe the Bible as an authority in her life.  This is just another example of how these kinds of harsh teachings fail both children and their parents.

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  1. Trober on May 24, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    What a crock. I have the same material and Dobson never advocated what you claim.

    • Hermana Linda on May 24, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      First of all, I did not write this piece, I simply linked to it. Therefore, I did not claim anything. But maybe you were speaking to her. I doubt she reads this blog, so if that is the case, you are wasting your time.

      Second of all, what she says in the quote I shared, was her feelings. It doesn’t matter if Dobson meant to advocate that or not, that was what her parents took from it and/or that is what she got from them.

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