Hana Williams, 1997-2011
It’s been seven years since the death of Hana (Alemu) Williams.
In the past seven years, I am not aware of any further deaths linked to “To Train Up A Child” by Michael and Debi Pearl. But abuse is still happening.
Still, I hear people recommending this resource to new parents — though more hush-hush than before.
We mourn. Mourn the lives of Sean, Lydia, and Hana. Mourn the children harmed by their parents, influenced by the Pearls. Mourn for the lost innocence of the children and church alike.
God, have mercy.
Good parenting resources:
(Use discernment — You are the parents God gave your children, and no ones knows them or loves them the way you do! Most, but not all, of these resources are explicitly Christian.)
Clay and Sally Clarkson / Whole Heart Ministries
Dr. Timothy Sisemore / Our Covenant with Kids
Dr. Ross Campbell / Relational Parenting
National Center for Biblical Parenting
L. R. Knost / Jesus, The Gentle Parent
Dr. Laura Markham / Aha! Parenting
Imperfect Families Coaching
Hand in Hand Parenting
Raising Real Men
More about the Pearls / No Greater Joy:
World Magazine, To Brainwash a Parent
Tim Challies, Review of “To Train Up a Child”
Rey Reynoso, An Examination of the Pearl Method
Christianity Today, When Child Discipline Becomes Abuse
Christian Research Institute, Christian Families on the Edge
Why Not Train a Child?: Clearinghouse of Info on the Pearls
C. L. Dyck, Parenting in the Name of God (Theological Analysis)
From the TG archives:
What’s the Fuss about Michael and Debi Pearl?
Biblical Relationships or Behaviourism
On the Pearls and Parenting
Remembering Sean Paddock
Remembering Hana Williams
Remembering Lydia Schatz