Awakening of a Jehovah's Witness: Escape from the Watchtower Society -by Diane Wilson
“The public needs to be warned,” says ex-Jehovah’s Witness Diane Wilson about the religion she once embraced. In Awakening of a Jehovah’s Witness: Escape from the Watchtower Society, Wilson recounts her quarter-century in the movement, making the usual case that the Society is a cult, that it exercises unhealthy control over the minds and behavior of its members and that it grooms followers to become victims.
Certainly, her story is sad, particularly the part about being encouraged to shun her own daughter for several months, but it is hardly a balanced or even very perceptive book. (One of the most interesting elements of the narrative is that Wilson seems to have transferred the near-divine authority that she once vested in her church to her therapist, whose words are sometimes reprinted here in boldface.) Sadly, few objective accounts exist about the Jehovah’s Witnesses; little stands in the middle between polemic and apologetic. Readers are left with classic studies such as M. James Penton’s Apocalypse Delayed, a rare book that seeks not just to discredit and refute the Watchtower, but to understand it.