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About the Author

Introducing Michael and Debi Pearl. Michael and Debi Pearl have been married since 1971. They have 5 children and 15 grandchildren. Between them they have authored 14 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 25 languages with another 60 translations soon to be ready for press. The Pearl’s also publish a 32 page bi-monthly magazine with a subscription of over 100,000. 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. 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 bull’s eye with a knife or hawk. Debi Pearl and husband Michael have 5 children and 15 grandchildren. Between them they have author 14 books and 8 booklets which combined have sold millions. Learn more about them and sign up for the No Greater Joy bi-monthly magazine at NoGreaterJoy.org. 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. She married her life mate, Michael Pearl, in 1971.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: No Greater Joy Ministries; First edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892112167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892112163
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Pearl was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in a good home, by parents who were faithful to point him to God. Mike, a graduate of Crighton College in Memphis, has been active in evangelism and the work of the Ministry since he was a teenager.

He worked with Memphis Union Mission for 25 years, while he also ministered in hospitals and churches to the many military families in Memphis. Mike also pastored churches during that period.

About twenty two years ago, Mike and his wife Debi moved to rural Tennessee where they continued in the work by holding Bible studies in local homes, which eventually led to regular meetings of the local body of believers, and the starting of the prison ministry where Mike still ministers every Saturday.

God eventually led them into the ministry of writing on child training and family relationships, which they now feel is their life's work and calling. The result of this work led to the formation of No Greater Joy Ministries (NGJ), a 501(c)(3). The web address is www.nogreaterjoy.org. The largest project that NGJ has ever been involved in is the Good and Evil Project, a work to translate the Illustrated Bible Storybook Good and Evil (G & E) into 100 languages. G & E has 25 languages in print, and another 40 languages in the process of being translated or edited. The book is available in black and white and full color in English and Spanish.

In addition to the child training ministry, the work of the prison ministry, missions, and Bible studies, the Pearls have an active family life. They have been married 37 years; have 5 children, and 14 grandchildren with more on the way.

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93 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Joshua E. Sateia on November 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
The author presents some valid points. Conservative Christians have often considered sex as a purely reproductive function, deemphasizing the pleasurable aspects of it. Michael Pearl brings out the fact that sex is not just for reproduction, but for pleasure as well.

The first third or so of the book is an exegesis of Song of Solomon. It is definitely not one of the best exegeses of that book, but it is still useful. I think Pearl is correct in seeing the book as primarily a story about Solomon and his lover. However, there are different interpretative outlines that other commentators have produced, and they should be explored.

The last two thirds of the book is Pearl's discussion of various aspects about sex, some of which are tied directly to Song of Solomon, some of which are not. In this section, the writing is rough, not well thought out, unscientific, and wrong in some areas. It seems as though he writes ideas that he just thought of, without first studying Scripture to see if it supports those ideas. Pearl also seems rather prideful and judgmental. If others do not hold his views, or do the things he thinks are wrong, they are condemned. He also seems prideful about his sexual experience.

Most of all, the writing is lacking in grace. As I mentioned, pride and judgment are present in the pages. He does have a section where he mentions Jesus and forgiveness, but Jesus/grace is not ever-present in this writing. The book reads like Pearl's interpretation of God's laws on sex, and condemns those who do not follow it. It makes me sad.

Even if Pearl's interpretation of God's law on sex is correct, Jesus and mercy are not emphasized. John 8 is a good foil to this reading.
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73 of 98 people found the following review helpful By P. LaRock on August 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
This isn't so much a 'bad' book as it is inferior to several other excellent books by authors with far better backgrounds in scriptural study and relationship counseling. Pearl's examination of the Song of Solomon is generally accurate as far as it goes, but his ability to "mine" for insight is weak. If you are looking for a book that will enrich your relationship, I recommend "Love Life" by Ed Wheat, or "The Book of Romance: What Solomon Says About Love, Sex and Intimacy" by Tommy Nelson. Both authors, especially Nelson, offer a much more qualified and far more insightful view of the Song of Solomon.
When not discussing the S.o.S., Pearl loses ground even further; he apparently has only his personal marriage experience to draw on. Also, frankly, many of his comments are crude, and some of his translations of other scriptures are patently false. Beyond that, Pearl offers his own opinion as a statement of moral truth several times in the novel, with no scriptural backing. He's just not that talented of an author.
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25 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L. Ross on November 24, 2007
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I enjoyed this book but know the Pearls are always in your face blunt, I agree with 95% of what they say and as long as you can take from this book the things that are helpful and wonderful to you and move on with out taking offence to what you don't like then you too will enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gioco on June 13, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
The author of this book practices child abuse. He also wrote the book "To Train Up A Child", which is directly linked to many children's deaths.
Some of the discipline techniques provided in this book are:
-Using plastic plumbing tubing to beat children
-Wearing the plastic tubing around the parent's neck as a constant reminder to obey
-"Swatting" babies as young as six months old with instruments such as "a 12-inch willowy branch," thinner plastic tubing or a wooden spoon
-"Blanket training" babies by hitting them with an instrument if they try to crawl off a blanket on the floor
-Beating older children with rulers, paddles, belts and larger tree branches
-"Training" children with pain before they even disobey, in order to teach total obedience
-Giving cold water baths, putting children outside in cold weather and withholding meals as discipline
-Hosing off children who have potty training accidents
-Inflicting punishment until a child is "without breath to complain"

If you think this is appropiate, think again. Several children have DIED because of this book. Their parents went to jail. You can read about one little girl seven-year old girl dying due to the practices used in this book by her parents[...]
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48 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Improve Your Life.....Read! on August 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the openness with which Michael Pearl approached this subject. The verse-by-verse analysis of the Song of Solomon was very refreshing and eye-opening. This is a valuable resource for those who may be hesitant to open up to their spouses because of past sexual encounters and/or abuses. Christians need to be reminded that they can have a healthy, passionate sexual relationship with their spouse because God created them for each other.

A practical wedding gift that will far outlive the blender!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LaTonya on June 13, 2014
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People always said the the Song of Soloman was about sex, love making. I had tried to read it to find out how, but never understood it. Mr. Pearl did an excellent job in breaking down the scripture and providing the necessary vocabulary to help readers understand what this book was about. Learning to love your spouse as God intended. Wonderfully written as is all of his work. Thanks.
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