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Fox 13 News Memphis

February 22, 2012

Mike is still the “go-to guy” on the spanking controversy. See the news report, “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?” by reporter Jill Monier on Fox 13 News Memphis featuring Mike and To Train Up a Child. Leave your comments letting her know what you think about how the topic was presented.

4 comments on “Fox 13 News Memphis”

  1. *ALL CHARGES OF CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT WERE COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED in our case because of To Train Up A Child...THANK YOU! It’s time for some positive media coverage for your ministry.

    Hi, my name is Danielle Kekoa, and my husband Curtis and I have supported and promoted your material for nearly a decade, and we deeply respect and admire your family. Due to recent events in the media and a criminal investigation we are pursuing as a family, we felt led to contact you and give you an awesome progress report based on your book ‘To Train Up a Child.’ Our story is too long to type here, but we'd be happy talk further if you're interested. This was our response on Facebook in your defense to the article titled: "Is Book ‘To Train Up a Child’ Leading Parents to Kill Their Children?"

    NO, this book, TTUAC does NOT lead parents to kill - quite the opposite! Parents kill their kids because they are wicked and lack wisdom. If you follow this book the right way, and are reported to the authorities, your case will be UNFOUNDED, as was true with our family! Late last year when our family was falsely reported to Social Services for child abuse & neglect, one the many accusations made by cult leader, Bob Enyart of Denver Bible Church, was that we are "Fundamentalist Christians who base their physical discipline on a book called 'To Train Up a Child' which encourages excessive physical discipline..."

    After Social Services examined & interviewed our 6 children they quickly determined that they were the "most polite, happy, well-adjusted, loving, hard-working, well-educated and obedient children" they have ever met! Our older children were even teaching the Social Workers how to properly train younger kids with a "rod" not to whine or touch things, and it was an impressive communication for everyone, especially us as parents once we read the report.

    *ALL CHARGES OF ABUSE & NEGLECT WERE COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED and we owe it to Micheal & Debi Pearl's book as the biblical principals they teach proved to be worthy of praise and earned us a shiny gold star on our report. We strongly encourage all parents to read & apply this book!

    Thanks Again. We would love to tell you the whole story as we are in the top 10% of parents in America with an unfounded report from Social Services, and we were falsely reported by our former pastor, Bob Enyart who promotes your material and has interviewed Michael Pearl on his radio show at It's an unbelievable story.

  2. Honestly, I was extremely surprised by how many homeschoolers despise Michael and Debi Pearl for writing the book "To Train Up a Child." For some reason, I was under the foolish assumption that the Pearls were some kind of Spiritual Giants within the homeschooling community. Personally, I am grateful for their wisdom and I was extremely blessed by their teachings. Reading that book revolutionized the way we train our three children, and the fruit of our efforts became evident almost immediately.

    Any parent with an emotional maturity level higher than the average thirteen-year-old can, with a proper vision and knowledge of the Pearl’s techniques, have happy obedient children. It is a must-read for all parents who want to truly experience the rewards of parenthood, and have children who are delightful, joyful and blessings from the Lord.

  3. Hi Pearls and all NGJ Staff!
    I'm a young lady who was raised - along with my brothers - with the methods and teachings of To Train Up a Child and the NGJ magazine. I'm very thankful and consider myself tremendously blessed to have your ministry in our home. (no, I'm not traumatized *smile*)
    I definately do not agree with the way this media broadcast was presented, and will continue to be praying for you all.

    Deut. 3:22

  4. I read your book with great interest and the only reason I heard of your ministry was because a friend had given me, "Created to be a Help Meet" when I was having marital problems. While I disagree with some of the material in the book (as did my husband), the ideas were so radical that I was moved to look further into the Pearls' ministry.

    I was raised in New York City, where child abuse is rampant. In fact, there was a time when I believed I was abused by my parents. They were immigrants and they wanted the best for me, better than they had themselves, but they failed to reach me and I of course had a different agenda. Yet I was forced to submit my will to theirs while inwardly I rebelled and harbored deep resentment against them for years. I was not a Christian. And I was not obedient. I was beaten into submission.

    Still, given my background, I should be outraged by "Training Up a Child." But honestly, I was not. I am a Christian now (owing much thanks to years of therapy) and God helped me see the difference HE makes in our lives. The only way to discipline appropriately is with the Holy Spirit. This book is dangerous in the hands of the misguided, because it can be easily misinterpreted, even though it says in the beginning that when you don't train a child, then you have to discipline and you should never discipline when angry. These principles are no different than any other Christian parenting book (e.g., Turansky & Miller). Non-Christian/ secular parents want obedient kids, but many of them don't want (or don't think they need ) to do the work for it or they believe obedient kids are a characteristic/trait that are the luck of the draw at birth. It's a combination of fear, laziness and ignorance, even amongst intellectual/educated folks here in the east coast.

    That said, I love the idea that if you train your child to the sound of your voice saying, "no" when he/she is an infant, then discipline will hardly be necessary. I made the mistake of circumventing discipline until my child was almost 3 and I had to pay the price. Spanking became necessary. It's so much easier to "switch" them.