Spanking Room: A Child's Eye View of the Jehovah's Witnesses

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I had stopped vomiting, but still shook and sobbed. Mom returned to the room to sit on the edge of my bed. Again she asked, "Billy what's wrong?"
"That was my bus route," I whispered when I could get words out. "What if someone I knew came to the door?"
"So?"
"They'd find out I was a Jehovah's Witness."
Mom's hand met the side of my head in ...
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I had stopped vomiting, but still shook and sobbed. Mom returned to the room to sit on the edge of my bed. Again she asked, "Billy what's wrong?"
"That was my bus route," I whispered when I could get words out. "What if someone I knew came to the door?"
"So?"
"They'd find out I was a Jehovah's Witness."
Mom's hand met the side of my head in a flash of brilliant white light and an explosion of pain. I collapsed onto the mattress while she flailed at me, her rage-clenched fists thudding into my eight-year-old body.
"How dare you?" she shrieked. "You awful, rotten child! How dare you be ashamed of Jehovah? I hate you! I hate you!"
The Spanking Room is the true story of a young boy's upbringing, and how the unorthodox doctrines of the Watchtower Society encourage violence against its most helpless members-the children.
Whether you are looking for specific answers or an overall understanding of Jehovah's Witness beliefs and practices, The Spanking Room delivers in a straightforward, compelling manner. Journey with little Billy Coburn as he grows up in the Watchtower Society, learn what Jehovah's Witnesses believe about God, and experience the inner workings of the Kingdom Hall through a child's-eye view. If you or someone you love is a Jehovah's Witness, this book is for you.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781579219659
  • Publisher: WinePress Publishing WA
  • Publication date: 7/25/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Coburn is a Christian, a husband, and a father. He is a successful technical recruiter with a list of clients that include the Pentagon. Bill is an accomplished public speaker and has given seminars, classes, and workshops on subjects ranging from drug awareness counseling to close-combat survival at West Point. He is also a Master of Tae Kwon Do, a discipline he's taught for twenty years.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Where Did My Mommy Go?     1
Something Wonderful     5
The Spanking Room     17
Slaves of Jehovah     33
Santa's Not Coming to Town     53
Extreme Prejudice (We Are Jehovah's Witnesses)     69
Going Public     87
Suffer the Little Children     101
Study Hall     115
Knocking on Doors     127
The End of the World (As We Know It)     145
The Fatherless Boy     155
The Divorce     165
Bucking the (New) System     177
Picking Up the Pieces     193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    Spanking Room: A Child's Eye View of the Jehovah's Witnesses

    William Coburn has written a brave memoir of his grotesque childhood at the hands of a newly converted Jehovah's Witness - his mother - whose conversion when Coburn was 4 years old not only destroyed his family, but began a fourteen year history of physical and emotional abuse all in the name of religion. His candor in writing style and his excellent judgment in not sensationalizing his story makes for not only entertaining reading, but informative investigation into a religious group known to most of us as those annoying folks who knock on our doors on weekends with their 'Awake' and 'Watchtower' pamphlets ready to intrude into our lives. This is a fascinating read, one easily digested in an evening, and one that supplies information not readily found elsewhere. Billy Coburn lived with his working telephone company father, his older brother Joe, and his mother in Redding, Connecticut, a happy and normal family until at age four Billy's mother announced 'We're never going to die!' - the indicator that she had just converted to the Watchtower Society or Jehovah's Witnesses. From that point on his life became a series of confusing beatings, restricted activity, enforced attendance at meetings in the local Kingdom Hall where mothers were encouraged to drag their children out by the hair to go to the spanking room for a beating if they so much as daydreamed or did not show complete involvement in the interminable Elders interpreting the Bible according to the Watchtower version. The doctrine that the end of the world (Armageddon) was coming any day and that ONLY members of Jehovah's Witnesses would survive Jehovah's killing of all 'worldly non-members' terrified the followers into submission and encouraged the Witnesses to spend their time trying to convert the world to their strange brand of belief in order to gain points with the Kingdom Hall. Billy's home life became a constant series of beatings from his radical mother while his non- Jehovah's Witness father tried to maintain some semblance of normalcy with his children. Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to celebrate holidays of any sort except the Memorial (the Last Supper) because Easter, Christmas, birthdays etc are the work of the devil and encourage demons to enter homes, trying to discourage believers in the Watchtower Society to defect. Billy suffers humiliation at school, has few friends, and finally confronts his mother after his father has divorced her that he reuses to buy into the religion force fed him throughout his growing years. Billy finally separates from his mother's madness and finds a wife and creates a family and it is from this safe haven that he is able to write this exposé of his direct exposure to Jehovah's Witnesses. William Coburn writes well, using a style of friendly sharing, mixing personal vernacular with pure narrative in a manner that enhances his revelations about this sect of people and their beliefs. His ability to draw his own family's images so carefully that we feel we know them is a gift for a writer so close to the subject matter of his story. THE SPANKING ROOM (subtitled 'A Child's Eye View of the Jehovah's Witnesses') is an excellent book, especially for those many of us who know so little about this group. Recommended reading. Grady Harp, September 08

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Spanking Room: A Child's Eye View of the Jehovah's Witnesses

    William Coburn has written a brave memoir of his grotesque childhood at the hands of a newly converted Jehovah's Witness - his mother - whose conversion when Coburn was 4 years old not only destroyed his family, but began a fourteen year history of physical and emotional abuse all in the name of religion. His candor in writing style and his excellent judgment in not sensationalizing his story makes for not only entertaining reading, but informative investigation into a religious group known to most of us as those annoying folks who knock on our doors on weekends with their 'Awake' and 'Watchtower' pamphlets ready to intrude into our lives. This is a fascinating read, one easily digested in an evening, and one that supplies information not readily found elsewhere. Billy Coburn lived with his working telephone company father, his older brother Joe, and his mother in Redding, Connecticut, a happy and normal family until at age four Billy's mother announced 'We're never going to die!' - the indicator that she had just converted to the Watchtower Society or Jehovah's Witnesses. From that point on his life became a series of confusing beatings, restricted activity, enforced attendance at meetings in the local Kingdom Hall where mothers were encouraged to drag their children out by the hair to go to the spanking room for a beating if they so much as daydreamed or did not show complete involvement in the interminable Elders interpreting the Bible according to the Watchtower version. The doctrine that the end of the world (Armageddon) was coming any day and that ONLY members of Jehovah's Witnesses would survive Jehovah's killing of all 'worldly non-members' terrified the followers into submission and encouraged the Witnesses to spend their time trying to convert the world to their strange brand of belief in order to gain points with the Kingdom Hall. Billy's home life became a constant series of beatings from his radical mother while his non- Jehovah's Witness father tried to maintain some semblance of normalcy with his children. Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to celebrate holidays of any sort except the Memorial (the Last Supper) because Easter, Christmas, birthdays etc are the work of the devil and encourage demons to enter homes, trying to discourage believers in the Watchtower Society to defect. Billy suffers humiliation at school, has few friends, and finally confronts his mother after his father has divorced her that he reuses to buy into the religion force fed him throughout his growing years. Billy finally separates from his mother's madness and finds a wife and creates a family and it is from this safe haven that he is able to write this exposé of his direct exposure to Jehovah's Witnesses. William Coburn writes well, using a style of friendly sharing, mixing personal vernacular with pure narrative in a manner that enhances his revelations about this sect of people and their beliefs. His ability to draw his own family's images so carefully that we feel we know them is a gift for a writer so close to the subject matter of his story. THE SPANKING ROOM (subtitled 'A Child's Eye View of the Jehovah's Witnesses') is an excellent book, especially for those many of us who know so little about this group. Recommended reading. Grady Harp

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