Rachel Held Evans:
Why bring this to your attention? Because the Pearls are inexplicably popular in certain Christian circles, and abuse in the name of God must be spoken against. If your church is considering using books by the Pearls as part of its curriculum, please say something. If you see friends or family employing their tactics, confront them. This is not simply a matter of different parenting methods or relationship styles—like Sears vs. Ezzo, or cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers, or complementarianism vs. egalitarianism—it’s a matter of abuse. There can be no more beatings, no more deaths…especially not in the name of Christ.
I’m about to become a parent, so I’ve been reading as much on the subject as I can. Just about all the authors disagree with each other on some points, so I’m reading to backfill my mind so I can come up with my own style. I like parts of almost everything I’ve read, but every once in a while I see something that is just shocking.