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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: No Greater Joy Ministries (Dec 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892112000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892112002
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't believe I almost let all the negative reviews keep me from reading this book! I was horrified after reading the reviews, only to find they were completely exaggerated, and many false. Seriously, some people just added things that aren't even in the book to discourage you from buying. They continuously stress the importance of being sensitive to your child, but firm also, as to not need to "discipline" them often. They are very loving people, and the advice they give comes straight from The Lord. As my parents told me, convincing me to buy the book, the people with negative reviews are probably those who like to sit their kid in the corner for punishments. If that's the case, this book is not for you, and have fun with your child raising you!

About the Author

Michael and Debi Pearl have been married since 1971. They have 5 children and 22 grandchildren. Between them they have authored 15 books and 8 booklets which combined have sold millions. Much of what they write deals with marriage, child training, and homeschooling. One of their recent books, Good and Evil (Bible stories in Marvel comic format), has been published into over 40 languages with another 60 translations soon to be ready for press. The Pearl’s also publish a 40 page bi-monthly magazine with a subscription base of over 40,000. Needless to say they are prolific writers and public speakers On another note, Michael is an inductee into the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame and holds several world titles, including Gold Cup winner of 2008-9, long distance thrower of the year with a record all time high of hitting a four inch target at 63 feet, and he is the undisputed best tomahawk thrower of 2009, holding the world title "1" class. When he is not teaching the Bible or speaking to audiences on how to have a good marriage and obedient children he is teaching kids how to stick a bullseye with a knife or hawk. Learn more about them and sign up for the No Greater Joy bi-monthly magazine at Debi Pearl grew up during the 1960s at the height of the hippie revolution and the Jesus Movement. The forced draft due to the Vietnam War brought a sense of eternity to the youth, provoking them to seriously consider their souls. It was a time of a great move of the Spirit of God. As a teenager, dressed in tie-dye tee shirt and long drooping peasant skirt, she stood on the highways and byways sharing the gospel and seeing miracle after miracle of God's amazing grace.

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Bekah TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 21 2012
Format: Paperback
"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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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By melissa on Sept. 10 2013
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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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on Sept. 17 2013
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bluebird on Nov. 20 2013
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This is a misguided and cruel training manual for creating compliant children. As nice as it would be to have a cookie cutter approach to raising children, abuse and cruelty from adults only logically creates distrust and anxiety for the child. All humans are individuals but violence and cruelty universally beget mistrust or violence and cruelty. Look to other authors that have education in early childhood development who understand children. They are fledgling adults, little human beings. They need kindness and guidance, not degradation. Physical and emotional abuse are chargeable offences when inflicted on adults, why would it be encouraged to inflict this on children? Do some research, there are cases of children dying attributed to parents using the techniques described in this book. It is disturbing that people don't search out more loving and gentle forms of parenting. Where on earth did this biblical passage "Spare the rod, spoil the child" come from? Is it even in the Bible? I've always had the mental image of Shepherds GUIDING sheep with a rod, not beating them with it. To use religion as the backdrop of these techniques is ridiculous. Jesus certainly did not advocate abuse on anyone, let alone defenseless children. I have no formal education in religious studies or early childhood development, but I am a mother, and love my child. I also have common sense. I have no illusions of parenting being easy, but betrayal is the worst way to parent a child. November 20th is Universal Children's day. Please, be a voice against cruelty and abuse against children everywhere.
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