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Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child was Saved From Religion Paperback – October 6, 2012
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Nominated for the Over The Rainbow Book List by the American Library Association in July 2012
Cowboys, Armageddon and The Truth tells a real hero's journey. Terry proves to be a wonderful model of the sensitive gay man rising up through and out of religious orthodoxy and coming into his own. This book is about the gay hero's journey.
--Toby Johnson, author of Gay Spirituality
''Scott Terry's gritty, colorful account of his church-choked years is insightful and cringe-inducing--a window into the lives of people with a terrible need to confine themselves in rigid little boxes. I shuddered at his predicament, marveled at his resilience, and was heartened by his breakthrough.'' --Will Fellows, author of Farm Boys
''Scott Terry's stirring memoir illustrates the maiming pain that families can inflict on their members, especially the young and powerless, and the many ways that orthodox religion can isolate and warp its believers.'' --Jeff Mann, author of Purgatory
''A lively, affectionate autobiography with messages of inspiration and acceptance.'' --Kirkus Reviews
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In his book, Terry has produced a gritty and poignant autobiography of a young boy escaping an abusive and fanatical childhood. Scott Terry was raised as a devout Jehovah's Witness, and spent his childhood praying for Armageddon to come and asking God to heal him of his homosexual thoughts. By adulthood, he had escaped the Witness religion and no longer believed in an upcoming apocalypse. Indeed, as a gay man and a real cowboy, he was riding bulls in the rodeo, abandoning all faith in religion.
Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth was named one of the Top 20 Must Read Books of 2013 by Advocate Magazine. It was named one of the best LGBT releases of 2012 by Out In Print and Band of Thebes book lists, and was a Bronze Medal winner in the Living Now Book awards, a finalist in the Next Generation Book Awards, and a finalist in the Rainbow Book Awards. Scott's writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Alternet Magazine, among others.
For more information on Scott Terry's work, visit his web page at www.ScottTerryProjects.com. For information on events or upcoming book signings, visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CowboysArmageddonAndTheTruth.
Top Customer Reviews
I grew up as a Jehovah's Witness myself. I am also gay. So obviously this book resonates with me on several levels. While I never underwent the neglect and abuse that Scott suffered in his life, the constant reminder that "Armageddon was coming", "it's just around the corner", "you'll never even finish High School, so don't worry about ... " was such a huge part of my life as well.
Many of the tales of his blossoming sexuality are also reminiscent of experiences and feelings that I had as a young kid. Praying for Jehovah to "straighten me out", constantly asking for forgiveness over random thoughts about men, and never getting even a slight hint that anyone was ever listening.
The story of Scott's life is a painful one to read, and even the triumphs and help from outside members of his family that he eventually experiences are shadowed by guilt and pain left over from a cultish, homophobic upbringing and abusive parents.
If you are a Jehovah's Witness, used to be one, know one ... you NEED to read this book. There are a ton of books out there that deal with the doctrine and dogma of this religious, but none so capture the emotional damage that false expectations of a end time that never comes will cause, especially a young child.
Ultimately, this is a heartfelt, and heart wrenching tale of a young boy battered and left alone with only an unresponsive god to turn too for hope and support, but who still manages to pull himself up by his bootstraps and carve out a happy, fulfilling life.Read more ›
I would think that readers would identify with Terry's struggles with sexuality and coming to accept himself as an adult. He prays daily for Jehovah to remove the "wicked" feelings, he has girlfriends and misleads team-mates and ultimately he comes to the realization that happiness is being himself and there are people in his life who accept him and those who don't don't matter.
No one could blame Terry if he was bitter and used a memoir as a vindictive rant against and an abusive stepmother and a father willing to turn a blind eye. He was locked out of his home for hours in Wyoming in winter, he was forced to go hungry, accused of stealing and beaten. Bitterness is not the focus. Terry gives a relatable and compelling story of struggle, escape and ultimate success. He is a survivor and this is his story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must-read for anyone who is, was, or is thinking of becoming a Jehovah's Witness. As someone also raised in the religion, so much of what Mr. Read morePublished 6 months ago by W.S.
An excellent read. An insight into the double standards of Jehovah's witnesses who can treat children so poorly. Read morePublished 8 months ago by William Hahn
Absolutely loved this book. I am lesbian, a survivor of abuse, and an ex-JW. While I am saddened by Scott Terry's experiences, I am also encouraged that there are people in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Olivia Pabilona
Just by the title I expected this book to be an eye-opener and I certainly wasn’t disappointed!
This is not a story for the faint hearted, it is gut wrenchingly frank... Read more
This book is way better than I was expecting, although I don't know why I was expecting anything less. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Billy Bradford
Great book! Well written. Funny, moving. I want to hug the author. Hoping for more books from Scott Terry.Published 15 months ago by Lady Jean
I "enjoyed" this read, even though some of the subject matter was difficult for me. Very descriptive and, I believe, a fair recollection.Published 19 months ago by Sandy Kyle
This story is gut-wrenching at times as it tells of one man's life journey from a deprived childhood and religious domination to freedom and self acknowledgment. Read morePublished 21 months ago by E. Easton
Mr. Terry has a wonderful writing style, and his life story is, fascinating, to say the least. It really gets into his head and gives you a picture of what it must have been like... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Kindle Customer