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A New Direction

I am beginning a new, paper publication to be entitled The Farm at Huge Creek which will be a continuation of all of the writing for publication which I have been engaged in now since the late 1980s, when I began a tiny ‘zine on a Selectric typewriter in my kitchen which eventually became a … Continue reading

Quiverfull: Shunned by God’s Army

This is a 2008 documentary I did for CTV Canadian television about an important chapter in the history of the homeschooling movement in the US and which was connected in some ways with what has come to be known as the Quiverfull movement. The events recounted in this video took place in 1994 and 1995. … Continue reading

What the Future Holds for Quiverfull Moms

The  choices women make to bear many children in the context of  fundamentalist communities will cost them, sometimes dearly.   Nobody talks much about these costs, certainly not women who are still in these communities, where to talk about such things indicates fearfulness  (viewed as sin) or a lack of faith (viewed as spiritual weakness or … Continue reading

When You’ve Raised 11 Kids

You keep buying the huge, family size, even when there are only two kids at home now and you have a smallish (or at least “normal” sized) family.  Following from the first bullet point above, you consistently use your giant pots to cook huge amounts of food… which then becomes leftovers because it’s way too … Continue reading

Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring

I can’t run no more with that lawless crowd while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud. But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up a thundercloud and they’re going to hear from me. You can add up the parts but you won’t have the sum You can strike up the march, there is … Continue reading

“If it costs me everything, I’ll obey”

Jeyoani (my oldest daughter, who is 33) read the following paragraphs to me from a website she’d come across after we’d been talking about Kathryn Joyce’s new book, Quiverfull.  I’d visited the site before and recognized it as a Doug Phillips/Vision Forum kind of a place and therefore, I’d had no interest in lingering. The … Continue reading

I Blame the Patriarchs, Part 3: Quiverfull Mom Pays, Patriarchs Walk

In November of 2006 I wrote a blog post entitled I Blame the Patriarchs, Part I: The Truth About Full Quiver Families. I wrote this post in part in response to a horrifying series of events in my area in which Kimberly Forder, who had subscribed to my magazine when I was publishing, had been … Continue reading

New Book: Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement

A little over a year ago, I blogged about having been interviewed by Kathryn Joyce, who was writing a book about the Quiverfull Movement. The book has now been published, I’ve received my review copy, and though I haven’t read the entire book yet (and will begin tonight), what I have read is excellent! I … Continue reading

Welcome to Quiverfull

From approximately 1986 through 1994, I was a participant and ultimately a leader in a movement which has come to be known as the “Quiverfull Movement,” the “Titus Two” movement, and the “Patriarch” movement, Christian Bible literalist movements in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand that emphasize obedience to the Bible, submission to authority, separation … Continue reading