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A riveting memoir of losing faith and finding freedom while a covert missionary in one of the world's most restrictive countriesA third generation Jehovah's Witness Amber Scorah had devoted her life to sounding God's warning of impending Armageddon She volunteered to take the message to China where the preaching she did was illegal and could result in her expulsion or worse Here she had some distance from her community for the first time Immersion in a foreign language and culture and a whole new way of thinking turned her world upside down and eventually led her to lose all that she had been sure was trueAs a pro. 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 PillThis book really checks so many boxes it s a spy novel an insider s look at a religious cult in parts it s even a coming of age story And all along it s the memoir of one very strong woman The journey Scorah has been on in life is truly incredible and she courageously takes you with her through all the peaks and valleys It s as entertaining as it is inspiring as educational as it is personal and as thrilling as it is tragic It is also incredibly well written containing bits of insight and humor that can only exist when one is baring one s soul so generouslyI read a review copy of the book and I imagine by the time it s released in June it will have already been picked up to be made into a feature film Kinda hope it s called You Oughta Know My Philadelphia Father riveting memoir of losing faith and finding freedom while a covert missionary in one of the world's most Eduardo Aronica Brooklyn Gambino Soldier restrictive countriesA 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 de-munich-agrave-la-lib-eacute-ration-1938-1944 result in her expulsion or worse Here she had some distance from her community for the first time Immersion in a foreign language and culture and a whole new way of thinking turned her world upside down and eventually led her to lose all that she had been sure was trueAs a pro. 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 PillThis book Essays Biographical Critical And Historical Illustrative Of The Rambler Adventurer And Idler Vol 1 Of 2 really checks so many boxes it s a spy novel an insider s look at a Unbridled Unlikely Lovers 1 read a Romancing The Werewolf Supernatural Society 2 review copy of the book and I imagine by the time it s How To Do What You Love Amp Earn What You Re Worth As A Programmer released in June it will have already been picked up to be made into a feature film Kinda hope it s called You Oughta Know

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SShunned by family and friends as an apostate Scorah was alone in Shanghai and thrown into a world she had only known from the periphery with no education or support system A coming of age story of a woman already in her thirties this unforgettable memoir examines what it's like to start one's life over again with an entirely new identity It follows Scorah to New York City where a personal tragedy forces her to look for new ways to find meaning in the absence of religion With compelling spare prose Leaving the Witness traces the bittersweet process of starting over when everything one's life was built around is go. Leaving the Witness Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life is the solidly written memoir of writer podcaster and former Jehovah s Witness missionary Amber Scorah Raised as a third generation Witness and in a loveless marriage she convinces her husband and the elders of the church to let her move to Asia a lifelong dream with her and her husband as missionaries of course After a stay in Taiwan she and her husband land in Shanghai where Amber an inherent introvert finds she has only a fair to middling aptitude for proselytizing very illegal in China but that she has a great talent for podcasting Eventually her exposure to the world outside her religion with which she had so little previous experience opens her eyes to the fact that not everyone who s not a Jehovah s Witness is ill intentioned and evil yes she was really taught that Combined with her dismal and claustrophobic marriage and an online affair of the heart she finally realizes she s in a cult and manages to extricate herself from both it and her marriage My big complaint is that the book ends right after that as Amber eventually leaves China and with her family and friends forbidden from interacting with her because of her disfellowshipped status she lands herself in New York City This would be fine except for the fact that just pages before the end of the book Amber suffered a huge personal tragedy about which she has written in a number of magazine articles totally separate from her life in Jehovah s Witnesses but I m putting behind spoiler tags anyway view spoilerher infant son inexplicably died in daycare the very first day took him there as she was returning to work after her maternity leave hide spoiler Trivial Complaints religion With compelling spare prose Leaving the Witness traces the bittersweet process of starting over when everything one's life was built around is go. Leaving the Witness Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life is the solidly written memoir of writer podcaster and former Jehovah s Witness missionary Amber Scorah Raised as a third generation Witness and in a loveless marriage she convinces her husband and the elders of the church to let her move to Asia a lifelong dream with her and her husband as missionaries of course After a stay in Taiwan she and her husband land in Shanghai where Amber an inherent introvert finds she has only a fair to middling aptitude for proselytizing very illegal in China but that she has a great talent for podcasting Eventually her exposure to the world outside her My Philadelphia Father religion with which she had so little previous experience opens her eyes to the fact that not everyone who s not a Jehovah s Witness is ill intentioned and evil yes she was Eduardo Aronica Brooklyn Gambino Soldier really taught that Combined with her dismal and claustrophobic marriage and an online affair of the heart she finally de-munich-agrave-la-lib-eacute-ration-1938-1944 realizes she s in a cult and manages to extricate herself from both it and her marriage My big complaint is that the book ends Essays Biographical Critical And Historical Illustrative Of The Rambler Adventurer And Idler Vol 1 Of 2 right after that as Amber eventually leaves China and with her family and friends forbidden from interacting with her because of her disfellowshipped status she lands herself in New York City This would be fine except for the fact that just pages before the end of the book Amber suffered a huge personal tragedy about which she has written in a number of magazine articles totally separate from her life in Jehovah s Witnesses but I m putting behind spoiler tags anyway view spoilerher infant son inexplicably died in daycare the very first day took him there as she was

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Selytizer in Shanghai using fake names and secret codes to evade the authorities' notice Scorah discreetly looked for targets in public parks and stores To support herself she found work at a Chinese language learning podcast hiding her real purpose from her coworkers Now with a creative outlet getting to know worldly people for the first time she began to understand that there were other ways of seeing the world and living a fulfilling life When one of these relationships became an escape hatch Scorah's loss of faith culminated in her own personal apocalypse the only kind of ending possible for a Jehovah's Witnes. This was a really interesting memoir but there were a lot of threads that did not come together for me She s introspective about leaving her faith but she is not as introspective about her loveless marriage and her dependence on men in every realm of her experience The end was just thrown on and I won t spoil it but I just did not at all see it coming and it felt like the entire book could have been written about that because she has her biggest insights about religion then The book lacked a cohesive thread perhaps because she depicts herself as a non agent in a lot of the book


10 thoughts on “Leaving the Witness

  1. says:

    I have a feeling this memoir is on the cusp of something really big If my review is the first you are hearing of it I think you will be hearing about it again And again ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amber Scorah is a third generation Jehovah’s Witness Her life is spent believing in Armageddon and spreading the word

  2. says:

    Amber Scorah’s memoir about leaving one of the most controlling and restrictive of religious organizations the Jehovah’s Witnesses— a movement that Canadian academic M James Penton characterizes as “alienated from t

  3. says:

    Never would have guessed that in a book about Jehovah's Witnesses that I would also find a mini historical look back at the beginning of the podcast era AND Alanis Morissette's breakout album Jagged Little PillThis book really checks so many boxes it's a spy novel an insider's look at a religious cult in parts it's even a

  4. says:

    For this one I felt the author distanced herself too much from her story It almost felt like she was writing about someone else most of the time There are some good segments in the book but overall the writing style was so so The auth

  5. says:

    This was a really interesting memoir but there were a lot of threads that did not come together for me She's introspective a

  6. says:

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

  7. says:

    If not for all that had happened here I would not have left my religion I would certainly still be a Jehovah's Witness had I not come to this country and learned its ways Perhaps I would have been happier But no matter what it took to get here to this breezy corner or how alone I was among these 13 billion people I felt ecstatic

  8. says:

    I was raised a Jehovah's Witness and left the religion when I was 19 Reading this book felt like someone plucked all the thoughts that I had b

  9. says:

    Leaving the Witness Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life is the solidly written memoir of writer podcaster and former Jehovah’s Witness missionary Amber Scorah Raised as a third generation Witness and in a loveless marr

  10. says:

    25 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 uite a bit of repetition and perhaps it some of it could’ve been avoided if it was written a linear fashion in

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