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Awakening of a Jehovah's Witness: Escape from the Watchtower Society

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This tale of mind control, the use of fear to manipulate vulnerable people, and final escape from a suffocating cult environment is a revealing exposT of a secretive contemporary sect, as well as a true psychological thriller. Diane Wilson spent twenty-five precious years of her life, first becoming indoctrinated by the dogma of the Watchtower Society, and then struggling to free herself from its pervasive, intimidating clutches. In this probing, brutally honest assessment, Wilson describes how a childhood of psychological abuse and lack of self-confidence rendered her vulnerable to the seductive doctrines of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Yet as time went on and the society demanded rigid control over every aspect of her life, even her every thought, Wilson began to rebel. Her gradual awakening, at first unconsciously through physical and psychological ailments, and then consciously as a caring therapist helped her rediscover her true self, is a fascinating story.

What she reveals about the goings-on within the closed Watchtower Society will shock the average person who assumes the polite, well-dressed people who pass out leaflets are much like any other conservative religious group. Wilson contends that membership in the Jehovah's Witnesses requires obedience bordering on psychological enslavement and complete suppression of individuality. Her engrossing memoir will be of great interest to former Witnesses, students of cult phenomena, and anyone who has ever had contact with Jehovah's Witnesses.

Book News Annotation:

The captivity narrative survives in Wilson's account of her 25 years in what she calls the seductive cultlike religious group. Rather than challenging any of its religious tenets, she describes women's issues, her vulnerability to its enticements, abuses she experienced trying to escape, and the heroic rescue by her psychologist.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Diane Wilson (Morgan Hill, CA) now works as a professional Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf. More on her and her book can be found at www.dianewilson.net.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573929424
Foreword:
Bergman, Jerry
Author:
Bergman, Jerry
Foreword by:
Bergman, Jerry
Foreword:
Bergman, Jerry
Author:
Wilson, Diane
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Location:
Amherst, N.Y.
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Jehovah's witnesses
Subject:
Christianity - Spiritual Warfare
Subject:
Christianity - Evangelism - Personal Witnessing
Subject:
Christian Life - Spiritual Warfare
Subject:
Christian Ministry - Evangelism - Personal Witnessing
Subject:
Jehovah's Witnesses - United States
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 01-7
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
327
Dimensions:
8.46x7.32x1.17 in. 1.36 lbs.

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