In The Wake Of Controversy, Michael Pearl Releases New Child Training Book

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Michael Pearl, author of the controversial "To Train Up a Child" just released his newest book, "Training Children to Be Strong in Spirit".

...over 90 percent of children and adults remember being spanked as children.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper interviewed Mike on the CNN series entitled, “Ungodly Discipline”. Mike was questioned about the death of children whose parents owned or allegedly owned a copy of "To Train Up a Child". Mike was also interviewed on HLN last week.

Mike responded decisively not only quoting from the Bible, but clearly stating the overwhelming support from his Ministry's followers about the tens of thousands of letters and emails received praising the book and how it has made for happy, healthy family relationships. The critics have an opposite view.

Mike further explained that when the principles outlined in the book were not followed, there was potential for trouble in the form of child abuse. When the principles were followed, children grew up to be happier, healthier and better prepared for the pressures of adulthood. Many of these same children are following the guidelines in the book for their own children.

His first book on child training, "To Train Up a Child", has sold over 670,000 copies in ten languages. It is praised by those that have successfully used the principles to raise their children, principles that involve spanking a child. It is attacked by critics that disagree with its traditional approach to child training. There is no one without an opinion on this sensitive subject.

"Since the late 1940s, when the first national surveys in the United States were published about spanking, it has been consistently found that almost all parents in the United States have occasionally spanked their children. The data have also shown that over 90 percent of children and adults remember being spanked as children. Because so many parents spank their children and the percentage has remained high over the years, most consider spanking to be a cultural norm in the United States". Spanking - Prevalence Of Physical Discipline.

"Strong in Spirit" goes beyond the attitude and obedience training of his first book. Mike demonstrates the parents’ role and responsibility in seeing that their children:

Grow strong bodies
Grow strong in spirit
Increase in wisdom
Have the grace of God upon them
Find favor with God
Find favor with men

NGJ expects the positive impact of "Strong in Spirit" to surpass that of “To Train Up a Child”. The controversy is sure to continue!


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