Opinions on faith and life

A Pleasant Surprise


Hillary at Quivering Daughters sent me this uplifting award this morning, which is passed among bloggers to show appreciation and recognition for their work. Hillary has just published a book about the abuse the teaching of Patriarchy in Christianity is responsible for, not from theory alone but through bitter real-life experience. She is thus doing a tremendous service to the Body of Christ, and I encourage you all to visit her sight and help promote the healing of Christians everywhere. Thanks Hillary! :-)

Here’s how this award works:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award. (Not required; we understand if you’d rather not.)
  2. Share seven things about yourself.
  3. Pass on the award to up to fifteen deserving bloggers.
  4. Contact the bloggers you chose for the award.

Alrighty then, here’s my seven things:

  1. Life needs all sorts of people: doctors and nurses, cops, teachers, soldiers, builders, artists, etc. Spiritually, I’m a soldier. That’s why people run away screaming when I show up in a “hospital”. :-D
  2. In “real life” I’m a stay-at-home mom who has homeschooled her kids, bakes her own bread without a bread machine (but otherwise thinks “cooking” is putting a frozen dinner in the microwave), does a little web development on the side, and doesn’t watch tv.
  3. Before motherhood, I was involved in music (played trumpet), the newspaper business, computer programming, and electronic engineering.
  4. Been married to the same guy for almost 21 years now, and he knows better than to complain about it. ;-)
  5. I want to personally shake spammers by the neck until they get a clue.
  6. I continually waver between eating healthy food (“honor God with your body”) and yummy food (“eat, drink, and be merry”), and have been known to take my ultra-organic supplements with Mountain Dew.
  7. The greatest thrill I can imagine will be that first moment in heaven.

Now it’s time to pass the award along, and I want to focus on less-known blogs:

  1. Coffeetrader News -- truth spoken here
  2. Under Much Grace -- great resource in the battle against abuse
  3. God’s Word to Women -- dedicated to the book by Katharine Bushnell
  4. A Wilderness Voice -- on the problems with the traditional “church” model
  5. Present Testimony Ministry -- Frank Viola’s uplifting message to women
  6. Playmobible -- excellent teaching on what the Bible really says about marriage and divorce
  7. Spiritual Tyranny -- deep commentary on the problem of micromanagement and abuse in Christianity
  8. Suzanne’s Bookshelf -- my “go-to” source for Greek expertise
  9. Real Truth About Tithing -- exposing one area of oppression in the Christian community

I’ll try and contact all these sites; please let me know if you don’t hear from me as I probably can’t find a contact form or email.



Paula, it is great to read your ’sevens’, your recommended websites, and most of all, to see you get the award! Your site has been a tremendous help to me. Thank you for all your hard work and long hours!

Paula Fether

Tanx TS! :-)

But is it really work if you like what you’re doing?


You go girl! I so appreciate the work Hillary has done and I want to thank my pal, Cindy, for sending me a copy of her book, Quivering Daughters. I read it in one setting because I could not put it down. My heart just breaks for those women in that bondage who long to honor their parents yet have freedom in Christ.

I don’t blog as much as I would like to even though I have a ton of things to say. But I certainly cannot say them as well or erudite as you ...I mean why repeat when you have access to the best?

I really like your blog picks. Cindy has done a yeoman’s work on spiritual abuse and is fast becoming the "go to" blog for serious indepth understanding of that topic.

John Immel forces us to think really big thoughts instead of the minutia we tend to get bogged down with.

Everyone should read Bushell because she did her homework in a day and age with no easy access to such resources we take for granted today. An incredible woman who was not only a doctor but a missionary in such places as China and American ghettos. Yet, she taught herself Hebrew and Greek. Her love for our Savior and the way she Glorifies HIS truth in her book is breathtaking and humbling. She is the one that helped me see what an insult it is to our Lord it to promote gender hierarchy in the Body of Christ.

It is a great honor to know you women and I ask His spiritual blessings upon you all.

Paula Fether

Tanx Lin! :-) May you be blessed as well.

And now I’m hurrying to comment because an approaching storm is making the lights flicker (but we sure do need the rain, hope it pours).


Thanks for the great resources listed. On the one hand, I feel that I have an addiction to the internet, and on the other hand, the internet provides such good information. Hard balancing act.

Paula Fether

Tanx Mabel! Yes, the net is a double-edged sword. But I honestly think the good outweighs the bad.