Spanking Room: A Child's Eye View of the Jehovah's Witnesses by William Coburn
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.
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.
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