|About the Book|
Have you ever considered the possibility of living forever in paradise on earth? Its a phrase Jennifer Michaels was forced to repeat often as she endured week after week of humiliating, mandatory, door-to-door recruiting missions. Although only aMoreHave you ever considered the possibility of living forever in paradise on earth? Its a phrase Jennifer Michaels was forced to repeat often as she endured week after week of humiliating, mandatory, door-to-door recruiting missions. Although only a child, she, too, had to report her progress and attempts to the controlling, some claim cultic church that demanded nothing less than total commitment, isolation, and obedience from all members. But no person answering her timid knock would guess the pain, the heartache, and the abuse the shy little girl endured from both the church and her father- nor of the repercussions she would suffer for a young childhood mistake that resulted in the most radical and severe punishment inflicted bythe church for daring to rebel against the absolute authority of the male-dominated leaders.This shockingly candid true story, told with a surprising lack of self-pity and with blunt acceptance of the facts and of the experience, pulls back the veil of mystery surrounding the controversial organization commonly known as the Jehovahs Witnesses. In addition to laying bare the bizarre claims and beliefs as well as the less-than-spiritual roots of the church, Ms. Michaels demonstrates what many other survivors of cultic and/or familial control and abuse know- that emotional scars run far deeper than physical pain, andthat what we experience as a child, especially from those who are in a position of complete authority over us, indelibly affects every aspect of our lives and future decisions, for good or ill.Perhaps the most surprising part of this tale is not the ruthlessness of the church, nor the unfair treatment of a parent toward a helpless child. Rather, it is the joyful, triumphant, and complete healing that takes place as God reaches out to a wounded young woman who had been taught to fear, even loathe Him. At the end of a harrowing ride, Ms Michaels(as well as the reader) is encouraged, uplifted, and completely restored. From wounded childhood to a young adulthood marred by drugs, alcohol, and failed relationships, to a grown woman so filled with Gods love and guidance her exuberant experience pours outof her onto these pages and into the readers hearts, the true story herein answers the ultimate question, What is love?