not sure how i stumbled upon this posting as the title is spelled wrong. it just gets worse from there. the review written along with it is pure fantasy! if you are interested in reading books on child training by all means see what the pearls have to say. while i may not agree 100 percent with the Pearls, just about all negative reviews i have read have characterized them 100 percent wrong! it makes me wonder what book they actually read. even if you take Scripture out of the book the Pearls outline a balanced, sane approach to training (not disciplining!) children.
To Train Up a Child is a horrible book advocating disgusting things of parents. Michael and Debi Pearl raise the man in the household to a sinless level stating any problems with a marriage are because of the woman, and when it comes to children, it advocates pure child abuse whipping children from only a few months old. In the case of rape of a child, Michael Pearl insists the wife should allow the husband to remain in the home because "God hates divorce", they advocate pulling a young infant's hair, hosing off a child in zero degree weather outside to humiliate them and more. Please stay far away from this book and the methods it advocates! If you choose to read it, please consider carefully before deciding to follow any of their "advice" in their publications. There is currently a case in trial where the mother employed their techniques which resulted in the DEATH of her child, she is being tried for murder. Their methods are abusive and inhumane.
If you seek further details, I have page notations in a review I made of another printing of this book which states exactly where I found the details advocating abuse that another reviewer claims is fantasy. I would also be happy to point you to the exact locations on their website and others related to their "ministry" where they reference advocating abuse so that you can be fully informed. Further information that you should be aware of is that they have been investigated in their home state for child abuse of their own children and grandchildren.
I also didn't agree with every single thing they wrote in this book. But it is a great little book on how to TRAIN UP your child. And they are very clear on how the goal is to arrive at very little to NO SPANKING. I also loved the humorous slant, and the fact that they have well behaved, Christian ADULT children, shows me that they do in fact know what they are talking about. I'm going to buy a few for a couple of close girlfriends... it's that good.
I agree that the other reviewer is 100% wrong. She has taken everything out of proportion. and also has blatantly misquoted the Pearls. I also think it is really silly and wrong that she has posted an EXACT SAME review in every one of the Pearls' many books.
And aside about the reviewer that is slandering the Pearls.... if you go through and read all of her reviews.... she mentions that her 3 year old daughter is throwing food at the dinner table! If that is how you want your child to act then go ahead and follow her advise. lol