Books

Cowboys, Armageddon, And The Truth

In his book, Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth, Terry has produced a gritty and poignant autobiography of an innocent boy escaping an abusive and fanatical childhood. Scott Terry was raised as a devout Jehovah’s Witness, and spent his childhood praying for Armageddon to come and asking God to heal him of his homosexual thoughts. By adulthood, he had escaped the Witness religion and no longer believed in an upcoming apocalypse. Indeed, as a gay man and a real cowboy, he was riding bulls in the rodeo, abandoning all faith in religion.

Out Of The Cocoon

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Out of the Cocoon:  A Young Woman’s Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult is a heart-wrenching yet inspirational tale about a pre-teen’s battle to free herself from dysfunction.  Take the journey with her as she survives stifling oppression, physical and emotional abuse and the ultimate—shunning by her family. See how, like a butterfly, she changes the world within her as her external world becomes increasingly unyielding.  Discover more about your own past through her introspective, yet frequently humorous flight from insanity.  This book is a “must read” for anyone who has experienced abuse, alcoholism, single parenthood, serious depression, or a parent’s rejection.  Learn how you too can emerge Out of the Cocoon to create a future brimming with unconditional love and lasting happiness!

Crisis Of Conscience

From wikipedia:

Crisis of Conscience is a biographical book by Raymond Franz, a former member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, written in 1983, three years after his expulsion from the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. The book is a major study and exposé of the internal workings of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society during the 1960s and 1970s

He wrote that he hoped his book might prompt Witnesses to consider the conscientious stand of defectors with a more open mind. He hoped that a discussion of deliberations and decisions of the Governing Body during his term would illustrate fundamental problems and serious issues within the organization: “They demonstrate the extremes to which ‘loyalty to an organization’ can lead, how it is that basically kind, well-intentioned persons can be led to make decisions and take actions that are both unkind and unjust, even cruel.”

The book provided a critical view of Watch Tower Society leadership and its requirements of members, gave Franz’s perspective on failed expectations among the Witness community that Armageddon would take place in 1975 and his views on fundamental Witness teachings on the significance of 1914 and continued expectations of Armageddon. It also gave his account of the events surrounding his expulsion from the religion.