I'm taking a few days off from more serious writing to handle a couple of other areas of ever-intruding "real life", and to try to get a couple nights worth of decent sleep so I can stop looking like a poor impersonation of a crack addict;) In the meantime, I thought another version of the GBU would fit in nicely. Lots of GBUable material out there.
My friend Erika tells her story at My Savvy Sisters. Erika is and will be a regular contributor there. CoM friend Cindy Kunsman has made some contributions there as well.
Speaking of Cindy, she's been posting some great stuff of late at Under Much Grace. Nice to see her writing again. She's one of the best.
The ladies at The Wartburg Watch have been writing some compelling and thought provoking articles lately. Some of you might particularly have interest in some recent articles there concerning Mark Driscoll.
Eliza, a new contributor at Quivering Daughters, has begun a weekly series on Bill Gothard and ATI. Very informative and well worth your time to read.
For those of you escaping spiritual abuse and oppression, a new blog, appropriately named Free To Think, would be a good place to visit. The author's husband also shares some interesting perspectives on his own blog.
A few weeks ago I came across a blog written by a young lady named Amy. Her family spent a bit of time on the outskirts of the patriarchy teachings, saw them for what they were, and thankfully got away from it. She has a recent article on our old favorite guilt-inducer and thought stopper, "Speaking the truth in love", that's well worth the read.
This. Umm. Yeah. Wow. I'll go on record and say that link goes to one of the worst, maybe THE worst, of "the Bads" I've ever posted. I addressed the disturbing weekly "blessing ritual" of this family in this post a couple of months back, but these New Year resolutions/prayer requests are just...wow. Especially disturbing when you get to the kids and their resolutions/prayer requests. For all of the children wrongfully removed from their homes around this nation, frankly, I think that might be the ONLY hope for any of these kids to have a normal, emotionally healthy, and certainly spiritually healthy life. Total Imbiblers. I feel so sorry for these children.
Then, there's this from Patriarchal Grand Poopy Geoff Botkin. Pretty low rent. I read "Band of Brothers" shortly after it was published almost 20 years ago, and I've been the proud owner of the HBO box set of the "Band of Brothers" miniseries for almost 10 years, having watched it so many times that I've nearly memorized the dialog. Major Winters is, in my opinion, a true hero of American and international freedoms, and I think it's pretty disgusting for Botkin to use the man's memory and legacy to promote the poisonous VF ideas of "manhood"...especially when Major Winters himself would likely think Botkin and the VF crowd are as batcrap crazy as the rest of us do.
I can't think of any logical reason that the following should've ever happened...
I can see this poor, attractive young lady saying to herself at the start - "Dang this intro's long! Keep smiling! Dang it! Keep Smiling!" I first came across the following video of her at Christian Nightmares...
I can't say for certain, but I get a real "beauty pageant kid" vibe from her, as if maybe she was pushed into a performance track in her life by parents or someone else, a life track that, beyond being physically attractive, she's not really equipped for talent-wise. Lord knows I've seen a case or two of that in my own music career. It never ends well.
This one doesn't deal with religion, but, love Dubya or hate him, this is some funny stuff...