I’ve finished a heavy perusal of a book on what many Christians have misinterpreted as a defense and admonishment of the spanking of children in the Old Testament of the Bible, by Samuel Martin. He looks at the original text and Hebrew scholarship to easily conclude that the OT and Proverbs is not telling us to smack, spank, or beat our children. I highly recommend it for everyone. Here’s the author offering it for free in .pdf for anyone who requests it. It’s titled They Rod and Thy Staff – They Comfort Me.