Because I can’t get past page 2 of To Train Up a Child without being incredibly disturbed by the premises and recommendations combined with the author’s tone, I’ll leave it to Glenn Chatfield to provide my readers with a critique of the book. I believe he has been more than fair. (He’s a little more spank-happy than I am comfortable with, but let that underline an important point: disagreement with the Pearls’ material is not about “spanking,” it’s about harsh, heavy-handed and hypercontrolling extremes.)
Watchman’s Bagpipes: To Train up a Child?
Note: Glenn contacted me to say he’s not “spank-happy”, and I have apologized to him. Glenn expanded on his thoughts in the comments. He’s clearly not “spank-happy”. I used that term flippantly to indicate that the review recommended spanking in a couple of situations where I wouldn’t have. That’s all. I should have put it that way to start with.
ETA: Another Review, this one by Rey Reynoso at the Theologica website. Rey also has been more than fair in his summaries of the Pearls’ teachings in To Train Up a Child. His review is focused on the theological and scriptural justifications in the book.
Theologica: To Train Up a Child: An Examination