- Paperback: 648 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1425992609
- ISBN-13: 978-1425992606
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 11 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 381 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,564,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Birth Control is Sinful in the Christian Marriages and also Robbing God of Priesthood Children!!
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MS. ELIYZABETH YANNE STRONG IS A CHRISTIAN EVANGELIST SPEAKER: AND A CHRISTIAN HOLY BIBLE WRITER/TEACHER: CHOSEN AND CALLED BY THE HOLYSPIRIT GOD: MS. ELIYZABETH STARTED TWO CHRISTIAN CABLE TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS IN 1996: CALLED: CHRISTIAN POWER! HEALTH PROSPERITY AND SOUL!! AND > ALSO A: > TEENAGER AND KIDS TELEVISION PRODUCTION CALLED:> CHILDREN RAISED IN THE LOVE OF JESUS. *SHE ALSO STARTED A CHRISTIAN BASE MILITARY CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORES AND MALL CART BUSINESS DURING IN 1991. ALL THREE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES ARE > NOW ONLINE CHRISTIAN WEBSITES UNDER THE NAMES: http://christianpowerbookstores.spreadtheword.com/ **http://group.msn.com/ChristianPowerHealthProsperityAndSoul ALSO>http://groups.msn.com/ChildrenRaisedInTheLoveOfJesus *MS. ELIYZABETH YANNE STRONG: ALSO HAS A 1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT IN TAEJUKENPO KARATE: SHE STARTED A KIDS & TEEN: KARATE MEMBERSHIP & TV CLUB: CALLED: KARATE PLAY: IN 1996-2000: SHE IS NOW: STARTING: RECREATION CITY KARATE CLASSES IN TUCSON ARIZONA: WITH GOALS TO OFFER PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP KARATE CLUB CLASSES. MS. ELIYZABETH YANNE STRONG-ANDERSON: ALSO PETITION FOR THE MAYOR SEAT IN TUCSON ARIZONA IN 1998. BECAUSE OF ORGANIZED CRIMES, POLICTICAL RACISM AND CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION AGAINST ELIYZABETH: HOLYSPIRIT EVANGELIST LIFE: IN THE PAST 10 YEARS: GOD HAS DIRECTED MS. ELIYZABETH YANNE STRONG-ANDERSON: TO WRITE THIS BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE, AND THIS BOOK OF REPENTANCE: TO HELP SAVE THE WORLD: THROUGH GOD AND CHRIST JESUS: IF YOU BELEIVE: YOU CAN RECIEVE JOHN 3:3-16. *REMEMBERING: MATTHEW 4:17-26: JESUS SAID: REPENT! THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND: **COME AND FOLLOW ME: AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN!! MY FIRST CHRISTIAN BOOK IS DIRECTED BY GOD: AND THE TRUE CALL TO ETERNAL LIFE SALVATION IS IN IT: GIVEN TO ME FROM: EMMANUEL CHRIST JESUS: > JESUS SAID: JOHN 14:15-16 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
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Although neither of us paid too much attention to the content, the sheer volume and quality of the paper contained within was pleasantly suprizing. The paper feels crisp, heavy and tough, yet the pages seperate with just the slightest tug of a thumb and forefinger.
The only real controversy this book created for my wife and I was mostly my fault. You see after I finished the last page I was too lazy to replace the book with another and I left the empty cover sitting on top of the sistern. Let me tell you I copped a nagging!
Overall the item was an interesting change, but we found it a bit expensive and not as suitable as the regular stuff available at the supermarket. Together my wife and I have decided just to stick with normal sorbent two-ply rolls from now on, and would suggest others do the same.
I am doing something I absolutely never do with this book: I am writing the review as I go along, because there are so many precious quotes that I want to use here I'll go through an entire notebook if I wait until I'm finished to kick this off. As I write these opening words, I'm only about thirty pages into this monstrosity, but there's absolutely no chance it's going to get any better, so why not start now?
If you at all follow the foibles of the vanity-publishing world, you are probably aware of Eliyzabeth [sic] Yanne Strong-Anderson's infamous tome <em>BIRTH CONTROL IS SINFUL IN THE CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES and also ROBBING GOD OF PRIESTHOOD CHILDREN!!</em>. After being published, with an original list price of $150, it went viral almost immediately, with cascades of awful reviews, mentions on book blogs, and the like. I knew I would eventually have to read this jewel. I even attempted to crowdsource the $150 ($135 with Amazon's generous discount) last year so I could pick a copy up. (For the record, I got $85 in pledges.) I eventually resigned myself to the fact that I'd be using well over half the Amazon gift certificate I get from my parents every year to shell out for a copy of this... and then it found its way into the world of ebooks. Halle-freakin'-lujah. And not only that, but not for the piddling 5%, or even half off, one normally sees in an ebook release. No, you could suddenly buy this previously out-of-reach $150 gem for the princely sum of <em>four bucks</em>. Needless to say, I plunked my money down that very day. (It has since gone down; as I write this in February 2012, the current ebook price is $3.03.) Which leads to the first thing I have to say about this particular ball of crazy: most of the reviews you will read of this stem from first reactions, reading the title and book description, or occasionally from those who have gone through a free preview at Amazon or Google Books. The review you are reading right now comes from someone who has attempted to read <em>the whole damn thing</em>. All 648 pages of extreme nutterdom.
Now, to correct a couple of common misconceptions about this book, and to set a few guidelines:
1. AuthorHouse is a vanity publisher. What this means is that you send them a manuscript and a hefty chunk of change, and they publish it. Period. There is no editorial process with a vanity publisher (though some do offer the service for an extra hefty fee); it is entirely possible that no one but Ms. Eliyzabeth Yanne Strong-Anderson set eyes on this manuscript before it was published. There is no slush pile. Nothing gets rejected unless (for some publishers, not all) it offends the common decency (for example, some vanity publishers would reject Nazi literature out of hand). In other words, no matter what the quality of the work you submit, you will get it published. "Publication" and "quality" can no longer be equated (if they ever could; vanity pubs have been around as long as publishers have).
2. it's not just the title and the product description that are rendered in all caps. In fact, with the exception of some Biblical quotes (which seem to be pulled from the biblestory website [note: link removed for Amazon consumption]), the entire book is written not only in all caps, but with a fascinating series of extraneous punctuation marks that, at present, make absolutely no sense to me. In fact, much of the reason I decided to write this review in diary form is because I'm going to attempt to crack Ms. Strong-Anderson's punctuation use and make sense of it.
As to the guidelines, they have to do with personal baggage I bring to the table. I am a media critic, and I am reading the book from the perspective of someone who prizes grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. over content. (Yes, I know I'm being a hypocrite given how badly I proofread my own reviews.) I am not a Christian. I also fundamentally disagree with the book's premise, though I must admit that as a champion [in the sense of "I fervently support and evangelize this" rather than in the sense of "I take up sword and shield to strike down its enemies"] of the Negative Population Growth movement, I must admit that one of Strong-Anderson's Biblical quotes led me to the idea that it's possible to Bibilically justify ZPG or NPG (God tells Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and multiply, <em>and replenish the earth</em>...", which is pretty darned hard when the earth is currently supporting at least seven times the number of people that can sustainably exist on it). But that's another review entirely.
One more guideline: all quotes pulled directly from the book are [sic]. It would defeat the purpose to correct spelling, grammar, etc.
Might as well begin at the beginning, right? The very first sentence of the book sets the tone as well as anything:
"YES: GOD KNOWS YOU HEART AND GOD KNOWS YOUR INTENTIONS: BUT>>: THE VERY ACT AND THOUGHT OF BIRTH CONTROLING> IN A CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE: HAS ROBB GOD AND THE CHURCH OF MANY PRIESTHOOD CHILDREN: **CHILDREN RAISED IN THE LOVE OF JESUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A TRUTH AND A KEY TO FUTURE AND PROSPERITY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HEAVEN. **"
Honestly, I probably <em>could</em> stop right there and be done with this review, because the very first sentence of the book typifies everything I have found to be true of the rest of the manuscript so far. Strong-Anderson comes off here as barely literate. Tense and/or number agreement between subject and verb do not exist in Strong-Anderson's world except by coincidence. What you may at first consider typos turn out to be actual misspellings (e.g., "ROBB" is consistent throughout the ms. when she means "rob"). The punctuation is unfathomable. The run-on sentence is one of the four basic food groups. The language, as a result of all of the above combined with a severe grammatical awkwardness and the simple difficulty of reading all-caps text, is just this side of unintelligible; it's like reading <em>Riddley Walker</em> if the narrator had been a religious zealot who shouted all the time. All of these things are enough for me to stop actually reviewing the book here. You know it's one of the most horrifying texts that will ever cross in front of your eyes, were you to attempt to actually read it. It's one of the most horrifying ever to cross <em>mine</em>, and I seek this sort of thing out like some people go trolling for crack rock. And yet...this is absolute comedy gold. It's the sort of thing I can see being group-read at cons in the way <em>The Eye of Argon</em> is now. Well, it's comedy gold as long as you don't take this raving seriously. For Strong-Anderson not only sees takers of birth control as murderers of countless children, she wants to make sure--like so many religious zealots do--that the earth is populated by so many people who believe like she does that they will be able to crush the rest of the religions (including the "BUDDISH AND HINDU"... do Buddish people only eat flowers or something?) out by sheer force of numbers alone:
"HOW MANY ANOINTED PREACHERS OR WOMEN TEACHING THE WORD OF GOD: DO YOU SEE HAVING YEARLY BABIES: UNDER THEIR PREACHING ANOINTING?? **ARE THEY TRUE TO THE ANOINTING OF GOD: OR ARE THEY LOOKING MORE LIKE THE FALSE CHRIST: THE HOLY WORD WARNS US ABOUT??"
In other words, to be a true Bible-believing Christian in the eyes of Strong-Anderson (who, she tells us a number of times, is a pastor who has a show on her local "public television" station [one assumes she means public access: please, for the love of all that's holy, someone tape excerpts and upload them to youtube!]), you must not only not take birth control, but if you're a woman, you have two states of existence: "pregnant" and "giving birth." (At one point Strong-Anderson specifically equates women "*SEEKING JOBS:" with "[going] THE WAY OF BALAAM!!".) And if you can't give birth, don't worry, you can still saddle yourself with an insane number of children: "**GOD WILL REQUIRE ADOPTIONS: WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS WEALTHY ENOUGH TO SUPPORT MORE THAN THE KIDS THEY HAVE: BUT CANNOT HAVE ANY MORE: BECAUSE OF BARENNESS!!" One of the reasons I decided to write the review this way was so I wouldn't forget to use this moue of incomprehensibility, from the same page as the last quote: "THE REAL TRUTH OF FAITH HEALING!! **THE REAL REASON WHY GOD HAS MADE US TO PRODUCE AND HAVE YEARLY>CHILDREN: IN OUR CHILD BEARING YEARS!! ** SO THEY HAVE TRUE INTO BALAAM MEDICAL WAYS: >>THEY HAVE TURN INTO>> A BIRTH CONTROL HIDDEN ABORTIONIST CHURCH OF FALSE CHRISTS!!"
[as a side note: there is, of course, an ulterior motive here. All too soon, Strong-Anderson becomes obsessed with another thread. To cut to the chase, I'll just quote the end of one of the sentences that dances around this point: "**SO THEY HAVE ROBBED GOD OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS!!" Yes, of course: it's always all about the benjamins.)
Which brings me to the next bit of this review, which will likely comprise the bulk of it: trying to hack Eliyzabeth Yanne Strong-Anderson's grammatical code. If you look at the first sentence, it seems like a complete mishmash, with the exception of the double-asterisks. They seem to be setting off a clause. I had that in the back of my head as I've been reading this, and I think we may be able to find some other things like that as we go along; The double greater-thans, for example, surrounding "THEY HAVE TURN INTO" seem as if they may have meaning. (I am at present stumped about "YEARLY>CHILDREN", however.) And of course it goes without saying that while she does not do it with periods, both question marks and exclamation points are doubled at the ends of sentences as what seems to be a matter of course.
One wonders, as an aside, how much formal schooling Strong-Anderson had, and how much of it included instruction in the English language.
Before page fifty, I have already abandoned the idea that Strong-Anderson is using double-asterisks to set things off; there are far too many places where we have an opening double-asterisk without a corresponding closer. Though this is not limited to double-asterisks; once, so far, I've encountered an opening double-parenthesis without a closer. (They are, so far, the only two parentheses to be found in the book.)
The farther we go, the scarier we get. It's not long before the promise given in the product description ("THIS IS A HOLYSPIRIT DIRECTED MANUSCRIPT") shows up; Strong-Anderson truly believes she is just a channel for this stuff ("*GOD HAS GUIDED ME TO WRITE: EVEN THIS BOOK OF JUDGMENT: TO HELP > BRING THE CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES AND CHURCHES TO TRUE REPENTANCE OF THEIR FALL AWAY FROM THEIR FIRST LOVE AND FROM THE TRUE WAY AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD AND JESUS CHRIST!!"), that it is being delivered to her by God himself (and/or Jesus) ("YES!! > THE HOLYSPIRIT SENT: THIS*LETTER AND BOOK: *TO ALL PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN THE ONE FATHER CREATOR GOD..."), that her point of view is the only valid one for the Christian faith ("SEEK:> TRUE REPENTANCE IS FOLLOW ME IN THE HOLYSPIRIT COMFORTER DIRECTION OF GODS VOICE AND WORDS OF EVERLASTING COVENANTS COMMANDMENTS: EVEN THROUGHN AND BY: RESTORATIONS OF HIS TRUE HOLYSPIRIT TITHING CHURCH: ?BECOME A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN WITH THIS HOLYSPIRIT ANOINTED BOOK OF REPENTANCE AND JUDGEMENT:> CALLING YOU INTO A TRUE LIFE IN GOD AND JESUS CHRIST!!"). She credits her teachings with, for example, the Winans family (for those unfamiliar, a famous gospel dynasty) suddenly starting to have children again ("**CAN WE SAY CHRISTIAN FAMILIES LIKE: THE WINANS: A AFRICAN AMERICAN SINGING FAMILY: **WAS HEADED FOR NON-EXISTENCE: BEFORE I WROTE THIS BOOK??").
I'm not a psychiatrist by any stretch of the imagination, so it is not for me to be pitching opinions on the state of this woman's mental and emotional health. I'd be very interested to see what a psychiatrist <em>would</em> say, based on this manuscript. I'm betting a clean bill of health would not be forthcoming. I haven't even started with the persecution complex passages. Nor Strong-Anderson's attitudes on sex, which I'm sorry, but you'll have to read to believe. (Hint, for those who are going to try and do so in free previews: you want to look at chapter eight.)
The last chapter of the book, just to put the icing on the cake, is called "POEMS AND PRAISE TO OUR CREATOR GOD: AND TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR: EMMANUEL JESUS WHO IS>
YOWSHWA MESSIAH CHRIST."
(Yes, the hard carriage return is in the title.)
The first of these is called "*GOD THANK YOU FOR LIVING WATER!!", and it contains these immortal lines:
"GOD I WANT TO THANK YOU TODAY:
FOR GIVING ME> HOLYSPIRIT HEALING AND CORRECTIONS!!"
If only those corrections had included spelling, grammar, sentence structure, caps-ism, and the fact that "holy spirit" is two words. (zero)