[Free Textbooks] Leaving the Witness Author Amber Scorah – Vansonphu.com

Leaving the Witness 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.



10 thoughts on “Leaving the Witness

  1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    I have a feeling this memoir is on the cusp of something really big If my review is the first you are hearing of it, I think you will be hearing about it again And again Amber Scorah is a third generation Jehovah s Witness Her life is spent believing in Armageddon and spreading the word as a witness Amber is so devout she moves to China to minister there, where it is illegal t


  2. Canadian Canadian says:

    Amber Scorah s memoir about leaving one of the most controlling and restrictive of religious organizations, the Jehovah s Witnesses a movement that Canadian academic M James Penton characterizes as alienated from the world and hostile to society in general appears to have grown out of an article published in the American bimonthly magazine The Believer. Ironically, it was Scorah s


  3. Jen Jen says:

    Never would have guessed that in a book about Jehovah s Witnesses that I would also find a mini historical look back at the beginning of the podcast era AND Alanis Morissette s breakout album Jagged Little Pill This book really checks so many boxes it s a spy novel, an insider s look at a religious cult, in parts it s even a coming of age story And all along, it s the memoir of one very


  4. Krista Krista says:

    If not for all that had happened here, I would not have left my religion I would certainly still be a Jehovah s Witness had I not come to this country and learned its ways Perhaps I would have been happier But no matter what it took to get here, to this breezy corner, or how alone I was among these 1.3 billion people, I felt ecstatic to be free, to have this life I didn t know who to thank


  5. Don Campbell Don Campbell says:

    I was not raised as one of Jehovah s Witnesses, but at the age of 18 I became convinced that they had the Truth But, college, my friends especially THAT girl , and my mother s hopes for my future delayed my decision to give it all up for Jehovah But a terrible experience with drugs convinced me that the only way to find happiness was to commit fully to being a Jehovah s Witnesses at age 20 Commit


  6. Laurel Laurel says:

    Fantastic A MUST READ for any former member of a cult or high demand religion Honestly, so deeply mirrored my experience of leaving that it was a bit triggering, and also incredibly meaningful to me This book accurately describes the feeling of emerging from naivete, emerging from a false world into the real world It s traumatizing and confusing and embarrassing It is liberating What you see can t be


  7. Mehrsa Mehrsa says:

    This was a really interesting memoir, but there were a lot of threads that did not come together for me She s introspective about leaving her faith, but she is not as introspective about her loveless marriage and her dependence on men in every realm of her experience The end was just thrown on and I won t spoil it, but I just did not at all see it coming and it felt like the entire book could have been wri


  8. Natali Natali says:

    I was raised a Jehovah s Witness and left the religion when I was 19 Reading this book felt like someone plucked all the thoughts that I had back then but never had the courage to articulate One example When she describes the mind numbing ritual of district conventions, she says that she wished she had a baby so she had an excuse to get up and wander around I ALWAYS thought that I could not stop laughing about


  9. Molly Molly says:

    I requested and received an ARC of this book from the publisher All Amber Scorah knew was life as a Jehovah s Witness Brought into the church at a young age by her grandmother, Amber conceived of the world as completely black and white, with JWs being the only people inside the truth and the only people who would live eternally After a youthful indiscretion that almost got her kicked out of the church, she married a


  10. Shelli Shelli says:

    Leaving the Witness Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life is the solidly written memoir of writer, podcaster, and former Jehovah s Witness missionary Amber Scorah Raised as a third generation Witness and in a loveless marriage, she convinces her husband and the elders of the church to let her move to Asia a lifelong dream with her and her husband as missionaries, of course After a stay in Taiwan, she and her husband lan


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