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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • David Holt
    Jun 17, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Don?t miss this one! Great writing, great insights, fascinating. ...

    Amazing memoir! Loved it. ...

  • Pam Cipkowski
    Jul 28, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Don?t miss this one! Great writing, great insights, fascinating. ...

    Amazing memoir! Loved it. ...

    This engrossing read is one of those books that grips you from you the start and refuses to let go. Most importantly, however, this book is about a brave woman who became disillusioned with her religion and dared to walk away from everything she had ever known. She left behind everythi...

    I loved this book. I would put Leaving the Witness right up there with Educated by Tara Westover. This was an extremely moving memoir about a woman of the Jehovah Witness faith who went to China to illegally preach about the religion. During her time in China, the author ends up losing...

    A unique, interesting, and inside look at life as a Jehovah?s Witness and what it is like to leave that organization/religion/cult. Amber Scorah?s tale is very engrossing, but at times it starts reading a little too much like a YA novel. Still, it?s definitely worth the read. Sco...

  • Mehrsa
    Jul 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • SusanS
    Apr 08, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

    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

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

  • Krista
    Jun 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Sarah
    Jun 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Don?t miss this one! Great writing, great insights, fascinating. ...

  • Rebecca
    Jul 17, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

  • Sarah
    Jun 24, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Don?t miss this one! Great writing, great insights, fascinating. ...

    Amazing memoir! Loved it. ...

    This engrossing read is one of those books that grips you from you the start and refuses to let go. Most importantly, however, this book is about a brave woman who became disillusioned with her religion and dared to walk away from everything she had ever known. She left behind everythi...

    I loved this book. I would put Leaving the Witness right up there with Educated by Tara Westover. This was an extremely moving memoir about a woman of the Jehovah Witness faith who went to China to illegally preach about the religion. During her time in China, the author ends up losing...

  • Don Campbell
    Jun 08, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Shelli
    Jun 24, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Don?t miss this one! Great writing, great insights, fascinating. ...

    Amazing memoir! Loved it. ...

    This engrossing read is one of those books that grips you from you the start and refuses to let go. Most importantly, however, this book is about a brave woman who became disillusioned with her religion and dared to walk away from everything she had ever known. She left behind everythi...

    I loved this book. I would put Leaving the Witness right up there with Educated by Tara Westover. This was an extremely moving memoir about a woman of the Jehovah Witness faith who went to China to illegally preach about the religion. During her time in China, the author ends up losing...

    A unique, interesting, and inside look at life as a Jehovah?s Witness and what it is like to leave that organization/religion/cult. Amber Scorah?s tale is very engrossing, but at times it starts reading a little too much like a YA novel. Still, it?s definitely worth the read. Sco...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

  • Molly
    Mar 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Aria
    Jun 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

  • Flowers of Faith
    Jun 26, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    (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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    ---- 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,...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Don?t miss this one! Great writing, great insights, fascinating. ...

    Amazing memoir! Loved it. ...

    This engrossing read is one of those books that grips you from you the start and refuses to let go. Most importantly, however, this book is about a brave woman who became disillusioned with her religion and dared to walk away from everything she had ever known. She left behind everythi...

  • Jen
    Apr 14, 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...

    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...

    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...