Leaving the Witness

Author: Amber Scorah

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735222568

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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"À la Tara Westover's Educated, Scorah's pensive, ultimately liberating memoir chronicles her formative years as a Jehovah's Witness...and captures the bewilderment of belief and the bliss of self-discovery."--O, The Oprah Magazine, Named one of "The Best Books by Women of Summer 2019" "Scorah's book, the bravery of which cannot be overstated, is an earnest one, fueled by a plucky humor and a can-do spirit that endears. Her tale, though an exploration of extremity, is highly readable and warm."--The New York Times Book Review A riveting memoir of losing faith and finding freedom while a covert missionary in one of the world's most restrictive countries. A third-generation Jehovah's Witness, Amber Scorah had devoted her life to sounding God's warning of impending Armageddon. She volunteered to take the message to China, where the preaching she did was illegal and could result in her expulsion or worse. Here, she had some distance from her community for the first time. Immersion in a foreign language and culture--and a whole new way of thinking--turned her world upside down, and eventually led her to lose all that she had been sure was true. As a proselytizer in Shanghai, using fake names and secret codes to evade the authorities' notice, Scorah discreetly looked for targets in public parks and stores. To support herself, she found work at a Chinese language learning podcast, hiding her real purpose from her coworkers. Now with a creative outlet, getting to know worldly people for the first time, she began to understand that there were other ways of seeing the world and living a fulfilling life. When one of these relationships became an "escape hatch," Scorah's loss of faith culminated in her own personal apocalypse, the only kind of ending possible for a Jehovah's Witness. Shunned by family and friends as an apostate, Scorah was alone in Shanghai and thrown into a world she had only known from the periphery--with no education or support system. A coming of age story of a woman already in her thirties, this unforgettable memoir examines what it's like to start one's life over again with an entirely new identity. It follows Scorah to New York City, where a personal tragedy forces her to look for new ways to find meaning in the absence of religion. With compelling, spare prose, Leaving the Witness traces the bittersweet process of starting over, when everything one's life was built around is gone.

Summary & Analysis of Leaving the Witness

Author: ZIP Reads

Publisher: ZIP Reads

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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PLEASE NOTE:This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. If you are the author, publisher, or representative of the original work, please contact info@zipreads.co with any questions or concerns. If you'd like to purchase the original book, please paste this link in your browser: https://amzn.to/33GjiAF Leaving the Witness is a candid and shocking story of cults, culture, control, and Chinese-level contradictions. Amber bares it all, through grief and sharp wit, proclaiming to the world her story of being trapped in, and escaping from, the Jehovah's Witnesses What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include? - Synopsis of the original book - Key takeaways from each section - Details from the inner workings of the church - Amber's journey to secretly converting Chinese people to walking away from the church and being shunned - Editorial Review - Background on Amber Scorah About the Original Book: Amber Scorah was so deeply entrenched in a cult that she was blind to how much she was missing in this one life on earth. Indoctrinated into the restrictive culture from childhood, she married young, and spent an entire nine-year marriage trying to remedy lingering discontent. Enlightenment came through the Internet, behind the Great Firewall of China, from a stranger with the handle, Taipan. When she was liberated, she found that an escapist life is much happier, but that reality is so much better. Now, she lives for today, with love. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. If you are the author, publisher, or representative of the original work, please contact info@zipreads.co with any questions or concerns. Please follow this link: https://amzn.to/33GjiAF to purchase a copy of the original book.

Out of the Silence

Author: Robert Foster,Amanda Nettelbeck

Publisher: Wakefield Press

ISBN: 1743051727

Category: Aboriginal Australians

Page: 401

View: 3181


When South Australia was founded in 1836, the British government was pursuing a new approach to the treatment of Aboriginal people, hoping to avoid the violence that marked earlier Australian settlement. The colony's founding Proclamation declared that as British subjects, Aboriginal people would be as much 'under the safeguard of the law as the Colonists themselves, and equally entitled to the privileges of British subjects'. But could colonial governments provide the protection that was promised? 'Out of the Silence' explores the nature and extent of violence on South Australia's frontiers in light of the foundational promise to provide Aboriginal people with the protection of the law, and the resonances of that history in social memory. What do we find when we compare the history of the frontier with the patterns of how it is remembered and forgotten? And what might this reveal about our understanding of the nation's history and its legacies in the present?

House Documents

Author: United States House of Representatives

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 484

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Spanish Colonial Lives

Author: Linda Tigges

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 1611394430

Category: History

Page: 696

View: 6156


On their return to New Mexico from El Paso after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, the New Mexican settlers were confronted with continuous raids by hostile Indians tribes, disease and an inhospitable landscape. In spite of this, in the early and mid-eighteenth century, the New Mexicans went about their daily lives as best they could, as shown in original documents from the time. The documents show them making deals, traveling around the countryside and to and from El Paso and Mexico City, complaining about and arguing with each other, holding festivals, and making plans for the future of their children. It also shows them interacting with the presidio soldiers, the Franciscan friars and Inquisition officials, El Paso and Chihuahua merchants, the occasional Frenchman, and their Pueblo Indian allies. Because many of the documents include oral testimony, we are able to read what they had to say, sometimes angry, asking for help, or giving excuses for their behavior, as written down by a scribe at the time. This book includes fifty-four original handwritten documents from the early and mid-eighteenth century. Most of the original documents are located in the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, although some are from the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, the Archivo General de la Nacion in Mexico City, and elsewhere. They were selected for their description of Spanish Colonial life, of interest to the many descendants of the characters that appear in them, and because they tell a good story. A translation and transcription of each document is included as well as a synopsis, background notes, and biographical notes. They can be considered a companion, in part, to Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s 1914 two volumes, The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, summarizing the documents of the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, now available in new editions from Sunstone Press.

Exiting the Jw Cult

Author: Bonnie Zieman

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508477136

Category:

Page: 212

View: 4823


Numerous books have been written by ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, exposing the false claims and practices of the cult or describing their personal challenges while leaving it. But when it comes to providing help to individuals in the process of exiting and recovering from the effects of membership in the cult, few compare with EXiting the JW Cult: A Healing Handbook. Author Bonnie Zieman was born and raised as a Jehovah's Witness, leaving after thirty years to gain the higher education that she was denied and build a professional life as a psychotherapist. She knows firsthand what it's like to deal with the inhumane punishments inflicted on anyone who leaves the Watchtower organization-foremost among them, the complete shunning by family and friends. Drawing from both her personal and professional experiences, Zieman provides aid, advice, encouragement, and insight into the many challenges faced by current and former Jehovah's Witnesses who are struggling to extricate their lives from this all-controlling cult. This empowering healing handbook is designed to be used as a reference that individuals can take down off the shelf and use to help themselves during difficult moments along their path to healing emotional wounds and coping in an unfamiliar world.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia 2001-2002

Author: André Klip

Publisher: Intersentia nv

ISBN: 9050953972

Category: Law

Page: 1115

View: 1475


This 8th volume of Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals contains decisions taken by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2001-2002. It includes the most important decisions, identical to the original version, and includes concurring, separate, and dissenting opinions. In the book, distinguished experts in the field of international criminal law have commented on the decisions. (Series: Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals - Vol. 8)