Deliverance at Hand! is James Zimmerman's enthralling account of growing up as a zealous Jehovah's Witness, and of the all-consuming nature of belonging to an insulated, apocalyptic community. James is held up as a shining example for other youths in the religion, is given unprecedented privileges, and spends his youth proselytizing. He may very well have knocked on your door. But as he matures, fissures begin to form in the bedrock of his fundamentalist Jehovah's Witness belief system. And as James doubts grow, so does his predicament: Leaving a religious community that teaches its members to shun former members would have deep and painful ramifications. He must make the decision between intellectual honesty and his way of life.
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About the Author
James Zimmerman is a frequent host of Atheists Talk television show. He was a contributing editor to Atheist Voices of Minnesota: an Anthology of Personal Stories (Freethought House, 2012), in which his essay "Losing My Head" appears. His writings have also appeared in The 2013 St. Paul Almanac and Breathing In: Stories from the Century College Community, Volume II, and several periodicals including The Humanist, American Atheist, and Free Inquiry. He is a former editor for The Minnesota Atheist. A lifelong Minnesota resident, James currently lives in St. Paul with his wife, Jennifer, and their son, daughter, and cat.
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Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah's Witness based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This a fine, informative book that reads like a thriller. As the book unfolded, I was pulling for the author as he dealt with his developing cognitive dissonance about his belief in the doctrines of his Jehovah's Witness faith in contrast to the realities of the modern world. I wanted to see him escape the trap of his religious enslavement to door to door evangelism. The story provides a good look into the process of how certain religious beliefs can consume a person's life. It gave me new insight into the folks who knock on my door and expect that they can convert an atheist to their belief system if they are persuasive enough. Also revealed is the human pettiness found in all organizations but often amplified in religious groups. I will no longer look with disrespect upon the people who come to my home to convert me, but with hope that they too can find their way out of their religious predicament.
I'm christian but I still am enjoying this book. Its so skillfully wrote. I heard about it on 98.1 ocean city radio in maryland. Its a curious religion and a great indepth look at it. I only read the sample but I'm buying the book today