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Sarah posted an email they received from a dad who read Keeping Our Children's Hearts. He was so impressed, he's putting their suggestions into action right now; "Just finished reading Keeping Our Childrenâ€™s Hearts. It was an amazing book backed up with Godâ€™s Word. I started applying the principles and making changes to re-capture my 5 yr oldâ€™s heart. I have become more selfless and have let go of a lot of busy stuff around the house. My wife and I love homeschooling our three children and are doing more and more to shelter our kids and ourselves from the negative influences of the world. Your conference inspired us and convicted me as Dad and leader of my home to make changes. My kids are already responding in amazing ways to me and my new focus and attitude. Thanks be to God for your ministry. HE has used it in a impactful way in our family. Love in Christ, A Dad" Honestly, I found his note frightening. They were already homeschooling, and were probably fundie, or fundie-light. But, it sounds like the Maxwells have tipped them into extremism, right where the Maxwells are. When he says they are doing more and more to shelter the kids and themselves, you know he is talking the extreme isolationism that the Maxwells practice. The Hearts book is where the Maxwells really open up about their extreme ideas. So it bothers me that anyone would find this book anything but troubling. This is the book where Steve rails against sports, friends, t.v., and even spending time with relatives. This is where he wrote about talking Christopher out of his dream of being an EMT. It also worries me that he felt he needed to "recapture" his 5 year olds heart. A FIVE year old! I'm wondering how he means his children are now responding to him? I hope it's not in fear, but I worry it might be.
I found this blog in a google search, Raising Servants of Christ. This woman, the married mother of two teens, seems to have become more fundy in the last couple of years. Apparently this came about from watching the Duggar show on TLC. She then read their book, which led her to MOTH, which led her to the Maxwells. My guess is she'll become more and more fundy as she gets deeper and deeper into the Maxwell books and tapes. She has bought several, and is saving her money for more. She seems very easily led. http:// raisingservantsofchrist.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/the-inspring-steve-and-teri-maxwell-and-why-we-love-their-books/ ETA: She had her tubes tied after her second child was born, and of course became "convicted" of not being able to have more children. They decided to become foster parents after realizing a reversal would be too expensive. I'll give them credit for being foster parents. Not an easy decision to make. Edited by SouthCarolinaGirl79 to break link.