James & Shoshanna

Becoming His Kind of...

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My Dad was not the type of guy to check with you before he made a decision. We would be driving down the road when all of a sudden he would pull in to a restaurant and say, “Let’s eat!” as he was getting out of the car. Everything was at full speed; there never seemed to be any hesitation in his decision-making process, and it never occurred to him to ask your opinion when he had already deduced in his mind that this was the best choice. When I think about my parents during my childhood, I laugh. I… Read More
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Living Parallel Lives in the Same Space

Michael Pearl

“We appear to be on track in every way, and very “together.” But those on the outside do not see, as I do, the missing component in our parent-child relationships.” – From a reader

December 2004
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Engaged

Kelsie Powell

…one day, just when it seemed that God didn’t want me to be married any time in the next 20 years, I received an e-mail from my mom. She wrote about a young lady that she and my sisters had met who was absolutley phenomenal. Her name was Kelsie…

June 2004
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From Kelsie

Kelsie Powell

It was a balmy evening in March. The tree branches waved in the breeze and ducks swam in the nearby pond. My little brother and I skipped stones on the water while my parents strolled along the winding path. “Kelsie,” my dad called, “we have something to show you.” Wonderingly, I untied the burgundy ribbon from the parchment paper scroll that he handed me and began to read. “Dear Kelsie…my purpose in writing you this letter is to see if you would be willing to begin a courtship relationship…”

June 2004
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ROMANCE 101

Rebekah Rising

I’ve asked a male or two this question in a over a dozen foreign countries: “What is the most valuable and attractive attribute a woman can have in your culture?” The answer has been consistent in every country, Happy, cheerful, fun, joyful, smiling, good attitude… etc.

December 2003
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Church Youth Group

Michael Pearl

Dear Pearls,
We homeschool our three children. Now that the oldest one has turned 13, we feel under some pressure for him to participate with the church youth and their weekend retreats.

June 2003
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Arranged Marriage

Debi Pearl

Dear Mike and Deb,
My sister went through the courtship thing and married in complete harmony with Dad and Mom, etc. and she really believes she married the man whom God chose for her; but things have not worked out too well.

June 2003
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Low Self-Esteem

Michael Pearl

My 9-year-old son has low self-esteem. He expects too much of himself. He feels rejected. We have never talked down to him, although there have been others who have expressed that they did not want him around.

June 2003
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God Did It Again!

Debi Pearl

Today Shalom and I canned green beans and potatoes. I can’t express to you how fun it was. Last year it was work, just a matter of doing a job that needed doing.

June 2002
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Male? Female? Neuter?

TJ

While translating the book of Proverbs into Lao, questions arose among my co-workers and proofreaders as to why wisdom is often referred to in the female gender…

June 2002
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The Challenge

Michael Pearl

There was a time when somewhere in every large city there was a dirty building, dimly lit, tucked back where decent folks would never go. Nearby was a liquor store and a cheap motel that rented rooms by the hour.

April 2002
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