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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: No Greater Joy Ministries (Dec 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892112000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892112002
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 13.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By melissa on Sept. 10 2013
Format: Paperback
I am a Christian and a social worker. I have read the Bible in Greek, and I can tell you that this is not what God calls for.

If you google this book, you will find several cases where parents use its teachings to "train" their children, and end up killing them through: malnutrition, beating them for 7 hours straight, and leaving them outside in the cold.

Please, please, please don't abuse your children. There are ways to teach children how to behave without hurting or killing them.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bekah on March 21 2012
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"Spare the rod and hate your child" are the words of Mr. Pearl. I have two university degrees in theology from a highly accredited university and can confidently say that this is not a theologically correct interpretation of the Bible. The "rod" can be referring to the rod of a shepherd. A shepherd lovingly and assertively guards his sheep from dangers and leads his flock to safe pastures. A shepherd would *never* harm his sheep. Why? Because they are valuable to him - his livlihood and future. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and would not beat his children (especially not babies). Violence begets violence. Christian parents - do NOT be fooled by these people!! Listen to those that have a real education in theology and are not just speaking based on personal opinion (this also includes not listening to pastors that do not have an accredited and thorough education in theology and scripture studies!). Child psychologists have proven that corporal punishment is harmful to children physically and psychologically. It is age discrimination and a hate crime to assault a child. Children are people and deserve to be protected to the full extent of the law. In Canada, corporal punishment is illegal and so is hate speech. Amazon removed a book on How to be a Pedophile, they should also remove books on How to Beat Your Babies in the Name of God.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on Sept. 17 2013
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I do not feel it appropriate to support the authors with a purchase of the primary source; instead, my review is based on a days' worth of research entirely from secondary sources.

I became aware of this book through reading about Hana Williams, a 13 year old Ethiopian girl who died at the hands of her adoptive parents in the USA as a direct result of their disciplinary efforts, which in fact amounted to brutal emotional and physical torture; both were convicted. Many of the methods they employed are apparently suggested in this book. The book and its authors have also been cited as an influence in the similar killings of Sean Paddock and Lydia Schatz - in the Shatz case, this was stated by the District Attorney involved.

I have no doubt that the authors would not have intended the outcome suffered by Hana and would quickly argue that the Williams' were not following this book at all in spite of owning it. While this is a superficially plausible argument, deeper consideration is demanded.

Several other reviewers noted that the book proposes *intentionally setting up* a child to behave in some (possibly arbitrarily) undesired manner and then following her inevitable "misbehaviour" with punishment. I find this very troubling, as I have personally observed precisely this practice - which it could be argued is fundamentally sadistic - to escalate into severe abuse.

This book apparently suggests, among other things, pulling the hair of a breastfeeding infant for biting. Anyone who thinks the infant is acting maliciously is out of their mind. Any competent psychologist will quickly agree that a mother inflicting pain upon her infant at such a critical period of bonding has the potential for lasting emotional damage.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ralu on Sept. 10 2013
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This book has disturbed me. I can't say that I was able to read all of it. It's the kind of child abuse that makes parents like me get goosebumps just thinking about it.

That this is disguised as God's will is also sick. Here are some of my (LESS) favourite passages:

"The parent holds in his hand (in the form of a little switch) the power to absolve the child of guilt, cleanse his soul, instruct his spirit, strengthen his resolve, and give him a fresh start through a confidence that all indebtedness is paid.

A child properly and timely spanked is healed in the soul and restored to wholeness of spirit. A child can be turned back from the road to hell through proper spankings. “Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (Prov. 23:13, 14). (p. 44)"

Twisting my faith to get me to beat my children. No thanks.

For me they speak to cruel and unemphatic parents. Not to mention misinformed that they would ever think that these parenting methods are effective in raising loving, confident and bright children. In fact abused kids have more chances of developing addictions or psychological problems. Or end up dead. Pretty much my worst nightmares for my kids.

And why so much focus on parent "power"?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By doreen on Nov. 22 2013
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This book should NOT, i repeat NOT!!!! be sold by anyone. and Amazon should be ashamed of themselves for selling an item that encourages parents to beat their children to ensure absolute obedience. A spanking i can understand, if they child does something to deserve it. but this book is on par with the Malleus Maleficarum. GET THIS CRAQP OFF YOUR WEBSITE AND OUT OF YOUR STORES!!!!!!
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