Growing Up as a Zealous Jehovah’s Witness

My friend James wrote this book:

Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah’s Witness is James Zimmerman’s fascinating story of growing up as a zealous Jehovah’s Witness. It is a gripping account of the unique difficulties and all-consuming nature of belonging to an insulated, apocalyptic community. James is held up as a shining example for other youths in the religion, is given unprecedented privileges, and spends his youth proselytizing. He may very well have knocked on your door.

But as he matures, fissures begin to form in the bedrock of his fundamentalist Jehovah’s Witness belief system. Is the bible the literal, infallible word of God? Can the story of Noah’s ark really be true? Are these the final days before Armageddon? Will the Witnesses soon inherit paradise while the nonbelievers are destroyed? Is the day of deliverance truly at hand?

As James’ doubts grow, so does his predicament: Leaving a religious community that teaches its members to shun former members would have deep and painful ramifications. He must make the decision between intellectual honesty and his way of life.

At this point I think you can only PRE ORDER it but go ahead and do that!

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2 thoughts on “Growing Up as a Zealous Jehovah’s Witness

  1. My best friend (we’ve known each other since birth basically) growing up was a JW – he and his younger sister both hated going door to door proselytizing. Both his parents were deaf (mother 100% father about 75%) and his mother was very devout – father not as much. Looking back it was an interesting dynamic. I remember when we were 16 or so, working on rods in the garage and his dad would buy us beer – based on the assumption better the evil you know than one you don’t ­čÖé

  2. Just added it to my wishlist. Next time I need to restock my supply of new reading material, I’ll add this to the cart.

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