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They believe I m possessed by demons But no I m just able to use my brain I purchased this well written book because I had recently married a disfellowshipped JW and wanted to try to understand where he was coming from and what he was mentally going through since his disfellowshippingInitially I considered joining the Jehovah Witnesses in rder for my husband to be reinstated in the group in addition to being allowed to communicate with his grown JW children nce again however after listening to his past 30 year experiences and reading this book along with a few ther books n the subject I feel like I ve sidestepped entering a nightmareThank you Diane Wilson for your courage in writing this book and sharing your experience with us I highly recommend this book As a former JW raised in the truth for 30 years and now disfellowshipped for 28 yrs I have read many f these kinds Porter Rockwell: A Biography of books fromther former witnesses but this Satire one standsut I was able to relate to many Deflower the Boss of the emotions doubts and the inner turmoil that the author mentionedver and Hebrew magic amulets over in the book Still even after decadesf being ut I have come to the conclusion that I will never ever be truly free f the nagging thoughts and emotional triggers that I still feel from time to time Around holidays birthdays saying cheers bless you Being There or good luck to someone and so manythers I am still surprised how هذه بلادنا: الجواء often when faced with a worldview issue I have to stop sit back and take a second to remove the JW glasses that I evidently still seefeel through I still haven t come to grips with what I believer even if I believe One way that I dealt with the painful and traumatic shunning was to move ut f the country I was fortunate enough to be able to find work verseas in Europe and so began my new lifeI have been back to the States n nly three ccasions But after the last visit to my parents when I was immediately turned away I vowed to never return I know my family loves me dearly And I know that it pains them intensely for me to be in this unforgivable situation It also pains me greatly that they feel this pain The last words I heard from my dear father who was also raised in the truth was we can t understand can we I said no and walked away for the last timeIt has been my sincere desire to try to help him to understand I am not sure how to reach him Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith or even if it is at all possible So I have read and sometimes reread mostf the recommended books R Franz Hassan Penton and the list goes n to try to btain information pertinent to such an endeavorI will put this book n the shortlist as it resonated well with me n the emotional roller coaster ride ne can feel as they go back and forth with the issues f whether it is the truth The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD or not and whether it is just us not complying The comments from her therapist were also insightful and helpfulI will give a se. Its pervasive intimidating clutches In this probing brutally honest assessment Wilson describes how a childhoodf psychological abuse and lack f self confidence rendered her vulnerable to the seductive doctrines f the Jehovah's WitnessesWhat she reveals about the goings n within the closed Watchtower Society will shock the average person who assumes the polite well dressed people.

I actually thought the book was well written and having grown up in the Jehovah s witnesses religion with both Parents indoctrinated into the Watchtower I could relate to alot f what Diane went through I think next to Ray Franz s book this is probably the best personal account f being a Jehovah s Witnesses that I have ever read I applaud Diane for her courage and her honesty I found myself cheering her n as she slowly Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse overcame her doubts and fears and slowly through her internal transformation found the strength to break the chains that held her captive for so long Once she got past the fear and doubts and believed in herself she was able to movenThe Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations only criticism I have is that I agree that the uotesf the watchtower articles may have been a little much and took away from her telling her story which is why I nly gave 4 stars However I also appreciate Dr Bergman s commentary and input He helped me to see the emotional and psychological impact the rganization has n people By exposing that it will help people to be able to have the strength to walk away He has not nly helped Diane but he has positively affected the lives The Stringbean Murders of countlessthers who will read this book and because أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of him be able to find theirwn strength to break freeTherefore I think it was important to have Dr Bergman involved in this book I am impressed that he put so much time and effort into helping with this I wish therapist would be Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, open to learning about these kindsf The Sporty Game organizations and thus they would be able to better assist clients who deal with these sortsf issues I would highly recommend this book and will read it a few times Very interesting A very well written and informative expos American Yakuza II of therganization behind the Watchtower religion A good read for anyone who might be either contemplating joining the Watchtower religion Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders or for members already in it who are starting to have some doubts and want to take a fresh andbjective look at it from a perspective Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise of logic and reason as well as personal integrity I bought this book after a couplef very nice Jehovah s Witnesses came to my door I am an atheist but did not know a lot about this particular branch f Christianity although they put a lot emphasis n Jehovah than Jesus Diane s story is mesmerizing and infuriating The Blood Love only drawback was the numberf times despite all the insanity and mental cruelty she witnessed that she still wasn t ready to pull the plug n this life draining cult So it was a little repetitive but this illustrates how powerful indoctrination is They pull you in with peace and love and promises f family and then after your family is in the cult you risk losing them if you leave Shunning is ne f the tools they practice enthusiastically I recommend this book for anyone who wants to know what these smiling mellow people are really thinking I m sure. This tale f mind control the use f fear to manipulate vulnerable people and final escape from a suffocating cult environment is a revealing exposeof a secretive contemporary sect as well as a true psychological thriller Diane Wilson spent twenty five precious years f her life first becoming indoctrinated by the dogma f the Watchtower Society and then struggling to free herself from.

Cond read soon Nathan Diane Wilson wrote in the Preface to this 2002 book This work is not a doctrinal treatise about Jehovah s Witnesses instead it is an issues riented human interest story that reveals inside information about twenty five years f my adult life in this Christian sect My hope is that readers will take away with them an increased understanding DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting of how extremely difficult leaving a legalistic controlling group like Jehovah s Witnesses can be even when a person desperately wants to leaveHere are some additional uotations from the bookmany Witnesses became uite creative in findingther ways to put in their time in the preaching work ne popular way was to develop a magazine route This was accomplished by making a list f persons who regularly had accepted the Watchtower and Awake magazines in the door to door work then the Witnesses could spare their aching feet by driving to these houses delivering the latest magazines to these people Pg 35For many Witnesses the preaching work became little than a game f how to get the highest number f hours and literature placements to put down Civil rights, tool of communist deception on their monthly service report insteadf a sincere effort to search ut people to warn about this doomed system f things Pg 36the Society took control Cutthroat of another aspectf the conventions by eliminating the live An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims orchestra which was comprisedf volunteer Witness musicians and substituting a prerecorded musical tape instead The Society s attitude implied that no The Claiming of the Shrew one would use their God given talents purely for the worshipf God to the enjoyment and benefit f thers Pg 63The brother s proclamation at the winter 1975 assembly spoke enthusiastically to keep excitement and interest at a peak but was also starting to hedge about just what would happen in the autumn f 1975 Pg 79After 1975 The Society did not acknowledge that it was the source f these wrong premises The Society claimed that its blunder was for ur benefit as an excuse for its failed prophecy Pg 82The Society attributes changes in its doctrines to a new light f understanding from God Pg 89Witnesses claim to have intense love for Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return one another but it produced an artificial love that was superficial at best and was bornut Dead Inside of fearf dying at Armageddon rather than coming from their hearts They didn t seem to care about ne another as people but nly as Witnesses Pg 138 as an ex witness I have had to come to terms with several thoughts in my mind The Taste of Spruce Gum over the yearsthe authorf this book I feel has touched all the items in the witness beliefs that matterwritten from the heart I would very much recommend this book to anyonewell done to the author and thank you for a candid read Worth reading to stop anyone joining Contains all relevant issues and a good background to the cult Wish people would read it and gain some knowledge about this dangerous religion. Who pass ut leaflets are much like any ther conservative religious group Wilson contends that membership in the Jehovah's Witnesses reuires She Stoops to Conquer obedience borderingn psychological enslavement and complete suppression Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile of individuality Her engrossing memoir will bef great interest to former Witnesses students f cult phenomena and anyone who has ever had contact with Jehovah's Witnesses.

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