To Train Up a Child: Turning the Hearts of the Fathers to the Children Paperback – Mar 1 1994
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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!
Debi Pearl was raised in Memphis, TN, in good homes, by parents who were faithful to point her to God. As a teen Debi was involved in witnessing, ministering to the sick and wounded veterans, and serving in hospitals. Debi along with her husband Michael, write on child training and family relationships. Independently, Debi has written a “Help Meet” series of books for both single and married women along with the Yell and Tell books which are a warning for children against sexual predators.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
Amazon, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. My boycott begins now.
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.
[The links I added have been removed by Amazon, but just use Google]
Besides actual murder charges, this book has been linked to physical and mental abuse wherever it crops up. If someone tries to recommend this book, you've successfully identified a psychopath and should alert authorities.
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This book is a must read for anyone that desires to raise their children for The Lord!! Before reading Pray that God will give you the wisdom to discern right from wrong. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wish I could post a negative rating for this book. I think the Pearls should be jailed for hate crimes. Their relentless abuse of children is the opposite of godly behaviour. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathryn Crow
I was not prepared for some of the ideas taught in this book. I don't agree with spanking in any form, so when I read their recommendation to "swat" children I could no... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kelly Milligan
This book needs to be banned. Horrible book with a horrible message that abusing your kids is OK. Which is wrong, screw this bookPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is about as psychopathic as it gets. If you listen to a single word written here, you deserve to have your children taken away from you and hidden somewhere safe from... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael B.
please don't anybody buy this book and please don't anybody take any of it as true or right because its in a book. children aren't meant to be trained. Read morePublished 14 months ago by janelle hachey
As a gift to my son, I gave him a weed torch and said he could burn these books in the fire pit. Thankfully they were a gift and I never gave my own money for them. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JPF