Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life

Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life

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 A riveting memoir of losing faith and finding freedom while a covert missionary in one of the world's most restrictive...

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Title:Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life
Author:Amber Scorah
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0735222541
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life Reviews

  • Natali
    Jun 23, 2019
    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...
  • Mehrsa
    Jul 09, 2019
    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 ju...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Aug 23, 2019
    For this one, I felt the author distanced herself too much from her story. It almost felt like she was writing about someone else most of the time. There are some good segments in the book, but overall the writing style was so-so. The author has, however, gone through some dark times a...
  • SusanS
    Apr 08, 2019
    Book Court - Where I'm the Judge and Jury CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): To describe leaving the Jehovah Witness lifestyle. FACTS: Amber and her husband traveled to China as Jehovah Witness missionaries. Their marriage was over but their religion bound them together....
  • Kevin Ashby
    Jun 13, 2019
    A startling personal memoir by a remarkably charismatic young woman. Vacillating between rebellion and acquiescence Ms. Scorah finds herself in China where she finds her faith crumbling under the weight of a failing marriage, newfound freedom from a controlling congregation, and her ow...
  • Canadian
    Jun 23, 2019
    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...
  • Genevieve Taylor
    Mar 01, 2019
    I loved this heartfelt and insightful memoir of a woman raised in the intense and restrictive Jehovah's Witness religion. With clarity and empathy, she explains what it's like growing up in the religion, and why they think what they do. Her entire worldview shifts while she's preaching...
  • Laney
    Jul 11, 2019
    I was hoping this would be more like Troublemaker by Leah Remini, which totally blew my mind about all things Scientology. But I guess Jehovah?s Witnesses are not quite as outrageous as Scientologists, so it just didn?t have the same juicy scandalous feel. :) It was interesting...
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Aug 01, 2019
    A quick read. Good, but fairly simplistic. Her voice comes across as simple and perhaps immature? A good story about having the courage to leave the Jehovah Witnesses - an incredible accomplishment on her part - she's in China and has the incredible courage to leave her religion, her h...
  • Tiffany
    Jul 26, 2019
    This was captivating and compelling. It's hard to critique a memoir as it is the story of someone's life, the ending felt very fast, but again, it's her life, her lived experience, not a story. I hope her life brings her more and more yang as she continues to build her new life. Amber ...
  • Mimi
    Jul 13, 2019
    I heard a few interviews with Scorah in the past few weeks, most lengthily the Fresh Air in which she appeared. There was nothing in the story that I hadn't heard in an interview, but it was fascinating and well told. My only quibble was the pacing - I knew about her family tragedy, ...
  • Jessaka
    Sep 23, 2019
    How to Lose Your Family and Friends Why this book? I thought of why these books are important to read. Not only do they help people who have left the Jehovah?s Witnesses, but they may save someone from joining this cult. People need to be educated so they won?t join this cult or...
  • Krista
    Jun 30, 2019
    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 ...
  • Rebecca
    Jul 17, 2019
    (3.5) I jumped at the chance to read this due to my interest in women?s religious memoirs. Like In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott and Educated by Tara Westover, this is the story of growing up in a cult and what happens when, as an adult, a woman has to build a new life free from ...
  • Don Campbell
    Jun 08, 2019
    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 experi...
  • Jeanne
    Aug 22, 2019
    I enjoyed this book on so many levels. It is a coming of age story of someone who loses faith in her religion. But it is also a fascinating look at a missionary's life in China. ...
  • Shelli
    Jun 24, 2019
    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...
  • Kat N
    Feb 12, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book. Incredibly interesting and eye-opening to see how some people have lived/are living. The author tells her story with insight and wit, and brutal honesty. I laughed and I cried (boy, did I cry), and the descriptions of Shanghai teleported me there instantly. ...
  • Kathleen
    Jul 14, 2019
    So glad I stuck with this book. It was hard to get into, as I had zero interest in the topic and themes and expected nothing but a snorefest. I ended up being riveted by her writing style; learning so much about ?cult culture?, China, customs, and the resulting na´vetÚ that comes...
  • Michael Sclafani
    Jun 09, 2019
    I can?t bring myself to rate a memoir of someone I know personally, but this is a deeply personal book of a truly remarkable person. Mostly, it is about losing one?s anchor in the world, and while her story is so peculiar, it is a feeling I venture we all know well to some extent. ...
  • Tania Mason
    Jun 21, 2019
    I really wanted to enjoy this book. I have read memoirs based on the same premise, but this one just didn't cut it. I couldn't read another "I'm so good at speaking Mandarin." I felt like there was more details in who she spoke to and where she lived rather than the doctrines of a cult...
  • Laura
    Sep 30, 2019
    This was a book with fascinating insights about Jehovah?s Witnesses, their missionary life, and Chinese culture. The author really is a beautiful writer, and I found some of those delightful sentences that are so perfectly crafted they bring you up short. She really hit me with a gut...
  • Molly
    Mar 09, 2019
    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 ...
  • Laurel
    Jun 10, 2019
    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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    May 31, 2019
    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 A...
  • Jenny
    Jun 29, 2019
    2.5 Really wanted to love this book. I bought it immediately after hearing the author?s interview on Fresh Air, because the wait at the library was too long. The book really needed a good editor. Scorah is a good writer, but there was quite a bit of repetition and perhaps it some of ...
  • Paul
    Aug 30, 2019
    This is a brilliant and moving book describing the author, who was born into a family immersed in the Jehovah's Witness religion, and how she extricated herself from the cultlike hold of that religion. The gradual discovery that she was in a cult finally made her realize that there was...
  • Aria
    Jun 13, 2019
    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- So, this is kind of hard to review. First off, I'd like to be clear that it was really good. A very unique memoir in which I really can't find anything to fault. It covers her early life in the Jehovah's Witness world,...
  • Rex
    Jul 02, 2019
    I saw Amber Scorah interviewed on The Daily Show and was immediately intrigued by both her and her story. The next day I ordered her book. I read it in three days. Although I keep it kind of quiet, I'm very anti-religion(s). I think most all of them have done far more harm to the wo...
  • Jen
    Apr 14, 2019
    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...