Jehovah's Witnesses, renowned for his or her enthusiastic evangelism, are a world non secular flow boasting over eight million contributors. regardless of being a well-recognized sight on doorsteps and road corners, little is understood approximately their doctrines and practices. What are their expectancies relating to Armageddon, and who do they think will live to tell the tale? How do they justify their ban on blood transfusions? What occurs to contributors who choose to leave?
In this remarkably candid part-memoir, part-history advisor, former Witness Lloyd Evans comprehensively explores the faith of his upbringing, charting the organization's metamorphosis from unassuming nineteenth Century brethren to worldwide model within the glossy age.
The Witness principles on intercourse are dissected, as are their far-reaching ramifications at the inner most lives of hundreds of thousands of devotees. Evans additionally delves into the controversies surrounding baby abuse and the prohibition on blood transfusions by means of first hand bills from those that were in my view impacted.
Intertwined with the historic narrative and observation is the tale of the author's trip from religious Witness early life to outspoken ex-Witness activist and atheist.
Evans lays naked the situations resulting in his "awakening" with startling honesty and divulges how the heartbreaking lack of his mom performed a profound function in holding long-held doubts suppressed.
In the ultimate chapters, the writer discusses a number of the capability through which Witnesses are managed by means of their management. Evans analyzes the function of shunning (disfellowshipping) and the stigmatization of "apostates" in implementing loyalty between Witnesses, and displays at the indifference of society as a rule to human rights violations by way of high-control teams. The phenomenon of fundamentalist brainwashing, or "undue influence," is usually scrutinized, and people looking for a brand new lifestyles loose from its pervasive results are given purposes for hope.
Rather than being a sensationalist rant through an embittered ex-member, The Reluctant Apostate deals a calm, good-humored journey of Witness historical past and teachings supported via wide references (to be present in the "Notes" section).
Though written predominantly with the non-Witness reader in brain, particular packing containers also are supplied for Jehovah's Witness readers.
"Both memoir and reference publication, Lloyd Evans' paintings is an in depth compilation of Jehovah's Witness background and theology. In his sincere and exhaustively researched disclose, Evans has written what's absolute to be an important e-book at the faith during this century. The Reluctant Apostate is a must-read for Jehovah's Witnesses and someone else who has been touched by way of the faith."
—Scott Terry, writer of Cowboys, Armageddon and the Truth
"Insight simply an 'insider' can carry to a subject matter obscure in case you have by no means been a part of this international, and unthinkable to think about for these inside of its bubble. Lloyd does a powerful activity of chatting with either audiences and everybody in among. Compassion for the plight of these nonetheless held captive bleeds via each page."
—Mike Rinder, former senior govt of the Church of Scientology, as featured at the A&E sequence Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
"A compelling and informative window at the global of the Jehovah's Witnesses that may be a necessary and lifestyles altering source for former individuals and so on too in forming an actual figuring out of this team, its ideals, tools and results on participants and families."
—Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Ph.D.
Co-Editor foreign magazine of Cultic reviews and co-founder RETIRN UK
Dr. Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Ph.D. Co-founder RETIRN UK