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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: No Greater Joy Ministries (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892112000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892112002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,583 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...after only 2 days of applying the principles in your book, our rebellious, miserable, 8 year-old daughter suddenly transformed... -- No Greater Joy, Sample Ed. 2000, p. 5.

I am so thankful to be enjoying my precious children instead of merely trying to "keep up" with my life. -- No Greater Joy, May/June 2000, p.4.

I enjoyed it so much that I ordered 8 more of them to give to each family at Christmas. --No Greater Joy, Sample Copy 1999, p. 8.

About the Author

Introducing Michael and Debi PearlMichael 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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Train your child in love, not fear.
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This book should be entitled Sadistic Abuse of Children or How to Beat Your Child to Death.
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I would give this book zero stars if I could.
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376 of 400 people found the following review helpful By Lovin' Kitties on December 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In the interest of full disclosure: I did not buy a copy of this book, I managed to find a print copy and borrowed it. Good thing, too, because there is no way I would ever advise anyone to spend their hard-earned money on this trash. That said, I am an adult who was raised by parents who used the techniques in this book. If you want your child to say the following about you, then spend your money and read on...

Pearl's philosophy is as old as Adam and Eve. Beat your child into submission all in the name of your god. Sure, never hit your child in anger. If you use Pearl's methods in anger, then that's abuse, right? But if you follow his advice and methods with in a calm, forthright manner, that's discipline? That's love? That's guidance?

Call the BS police, because that is all this book is - pure, unadulterated bovine excrement.

My parents used these methods almost exactly as Pearl describes - until the day (at age 14) I jerked the belt out of the female parental unit's hands and told her that if she ever raised her hand to me again, I would strangle her with that belt. Yeah, she told the male parental unit about my "defiance" and, when he tried to "subdue" me, I called the cops. Oh, and what was the incident that led to this confrontation? I was trying to break up a fight my brothers were having with each other. Oh, and when the parental units tried to hit my brothers after that fateful day...you guessed it. I was right there and threatened to call the cops, the neighbors and anyone else I could get hold of. I kept a journal and made it clear that I would make that journal public. Back then, the public face was the most important thing to them and I used that to see that my brothers and I would not be beaten again.
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4,043 of 4,370 people found the following review helpful By Haribo Lector on July 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
2 people wrote this book. 900 people gave this book 5-star reviews. That's 902 people that the police should be keeping an eye on.
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2,400 of 2,639 people found the following review helpful By heavenspeas on February 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book has been linked to several cases of child abuse and the deaths of no less than 3 children. I am the mama of 6 beautiful children - some homegrown, some who came to us from other countries - each of them precious. I firmly believe that each child comes to you a full person. It is my job as a mama to encourage their strong points and give them tools to help them overcome their weaker qualities. It is never, ever my job to decide who they are, to break their spirits or to teach them cruelty in their own homes. My kids range in age from 14-2 and each of them is a blessing. Each of them is different. Each of them needs something different from us regarding discipline. Love your kids. Get to know them. If you are a believer, ask God for guidance. And DON'T BUY THIS BOOK.

Some excerpts: On p.65 co-author Debi Pearl whips the bare leg of a 15 month old she is babysitting, 10 separate times, for not playing with something she tells him to play with.

After about ten acts of stubborn defiance, followed by ten switchings, he surrendered his will to one higher than himself. In rolling the wheel, he did what every accountable human being must do-he humbled himself before the "highest" and admitted that his interests are not paramount. After one begrudged roll, my wife turned to other chores

On p.59 they recommend spanking a 3 year old until he is "totally broken."

She then administers about ten slow, patient licks on his bare legs. He cries in pain. If he continues to show defiance by jerking around and defending himself, or by expressing anger, then she will wait a moment and again lecture him and again spank him. When it is obvious he is totally broken, she will hand him the rag and very calmly say, "Johnny, clean up your mess.
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142 of 153 people found the following review helpful By John B on November 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is worse the kiddie porn! Some of the discipline techniques the Pearls teach include:

Using plastic tubing to beat children, since it is "too light to cause damage to the muscle or the bone”
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"

So unless you are some bloodthirsty serial killer or the Taliban I would recommend to run, not walk from any advice this book gives.
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2,382 of 2,649 people found the following review helpful By happymom on April 12, 2013
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Should be the name of this book. The deaths of three (at least)children hang over their heads. Shame on anyone who reads this book or contributes to this ministry of sadists in any way.
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2,324 of 2,608 people found the following review helpful By Jessica E. Mccarthy on February 3, 2013
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As a child that grew up in an abusive household, this book makes my stomach turn and heart ache. I truly wish child protective services would track down those raving about beating their children into submission by beating them with rods and take them away. I have a 4 month old, and in this book they advocate beating them on the back of the legs with a switch at 4 months old. I began crying once I read that for that poor defenseless newborn baby who was being beaten. This book is pure evil. It is not the word of the God I know or any God I would ever pray to. This is not Christianity. This is Child Abuse. This is Evil, and illegal. Those who apply these practices will get judged by God for their sins.
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