No Longer Quivering
I’ve been slack with my blog because I’ve been caught up reading other blogs and websites.
One website in particular that has captured my attention is No Longer Qivering (There is no ‘you’ in quivering). Vyckie Garrison started the website to tell her story of her ‘escape’ from the Quiverfull movement.
For those who don’t know, ‘Quiverfull’ refers to the idea/mindset/philosophy embraced by certain people who believe in ‘letting God be in control of the family planning’. Vyckie used to be of that mindset – she used to write for Christian magazines espousing that ideal. The word quiverful comes from Psalm 127:
1Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Quiverfulls abstain from all forms of birth control, including Natural Family Planning.
Vyckie tells of experiencing physical, emotional and spiritual abuse while under this ideology. Since coming out and starting the website, many others have also contributed their stories.
The information found on that website is truly eye-opening and a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about this rather extreme band of the conservative spectrum of fundamentalist Christianity.