I had stopped vomiting, but still shook and sobbed. Mom returned to the room to sit on the edge of my bed. Again she asked, "Billy what's wrong?" "That was my bus route," I whispered when I could get words out. "What if someone I knew came to the door?" "So?" "They'd find out I was a Jehovah's Witness." Mom's hand met the side of my head in a flash of brilliant white light and an explosion of pain. I collapsed onto the mattress while she flailed at me, her rage-clenched fists thudding into my eight-year-old body. "How dare you?" she shrieked. "You awful, rotten child! How dare you be ashamed of Jehovah? I hate you! I hate you!"
The Spanking Room is the true story of a young boy's upbringing, and how the unorthodox doctrines of the Watchtower Society encourage violence against its most helpless members--the children.
Whether you are looking for specific answers or an overall understanding of Jehovah's Witness beliefs and practices, The Spanking Room delivers in a straightforward, compelling manner.
Journey with little Billy Coburn as he grows up in the Watchtower Society, learn what Jehovah's Witnesses believe about God, and experience the inner workings of the Kingdom Hall through a child's-eye view. If you or someone you love is a Jehovah's Witness, this book is for you.
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"Why does the sun go on shining? Why does the sea rush to shore? Don't they know it's the end of the world..." (from The End of the World - Dee/Kent)
In this heart-rending memoir, the author shares with us his experiences as a young boy growing up under the influence of the religious group known as the Jehovah's Witnesses.
His mother converted to the religion while he was a toddler, having found something in the teachings that she could identify with, and soon became totally consumed by the doctrine that Armageddon was nigh, and that only the Jehovah's Witnesses would move on to greener pastures. Although she raised her two children with uncompromising fervor that could only be classified as abuse, it can be seen that she truly believed that without her intervention, her family was marked for certain death when the time finally came.
His father resisted conversion, and tried to save the marriage, but in my understanding of the book, he...
Here's a memoir about a boy raised by a definitely psychotic or at least deeply neurotic woman who used her religion as a cudgel to treat her son with unspeakable mental and physical cruelty. She was extremely devious in the ways she abused her son (lying to the father, who was all to glad to be hands-off in his raising of his son.)
The sad thing is how the son keeps waiting for his "fairy real-mother" to show up, you know, the nice one, the reasonable one, and for his "real" father to show up and rescue him. But the predictable happens instead (father absents himself further and Mom is still the everyday evil one.)
The book is not primarily a diatribe against Jehovah's Witnesses. The author does discuss briefly the principles as he was taught, about the 144,000 chosen ones and "the great crowd", and "The Great Disappointment." This is more a memoir about child abuse and how one boy managed to find his own way out of it and into his own family and learned how to...
Radical religions are all around and one organization that many are familiar with is the Jehovah's Witnesses. Known for their persistent, door to door proselytizing, the Jehovah's Witnesses are completely convinced that their religion is the only one that is valid and that the members of all other religious organization have no chance to enjoy the fruits of the next world.
Author William Coburn is one man who is fully aware of the tactics of the Jehovah's Witnesses and he is all-too-familiar with their extremist beliefs on everything from celebrations to punishment. He grew up the son of a radical Jehovah's Witness mother and he endured years and years of indoctrination and physical punishment at the hands of a woman who claimed she was only trying to show her son and his brother how much she cared about them by literally beating out the demons. The physical punishment was terrible, but what was even worse was living a life of fear. The author never knew when his mother...
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