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.
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.
Please click on the posters for the blog post. You may contact Steph at GentleFirmness2014 (at) hotmail (dot) com or through her Facebook page.
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.
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.
Creative Commons License: Parenting in the Name of God by David J. Dyck and C.L. Dyck is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
To download, please click here.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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 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.
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.
Scita>Scienda has finally released their eBook, Parenting In The Name of God.