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  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434396959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434396952
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,222,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Chamberlayne was raised in the middle class area of Hollis, Queens, New York by his parents Warren and Louise Chamberlayne. In September of 1974, at the young age of 7, Daniel experienced the tragic loss of his father while vacationing with his parents in Acapulco, Mexico and soon after, Daniel's mother dedicated her life to Jehovah and became a baptized Jehovah Witness. With Daniel's father now gone, Young Daniel was now indoctrinated as an associate of the Jehovah Witness by his mother and started attending the Kingdom Hall. Daniel tried constantly to cope with the loss of his father by embracing the teachings of Jehovah?s Witnesses.Of the many lessons learned, the one most favored was a prophecy of Armageddon arriving in 1975 and all who had perished would return.Daniel would wait patiently only to realize there would be no 8th birthday cake, no return of his father, and no answers. Nevertheless, Daniel honored his mother and participated in all the activities of the Kingdom Hall throughout his childhood till his early twenties. Stifled by the organizational rules and a great price to pay for anyone breaking them, Daniel began to live a double life. He continued on attending the kingdom Hall as instructed by his mother and on September 4, 1988, by no choice of his, Daniel had gotten baptized as a member of the Jehovah Witnesses. 18 months later in the early months of 1990, while being confronted by the Elders, Daniel's name was publicly read out at the congregation he had been attending for over 15 years that he was now "disfellowshipped" and no longer recognized as a Jehovah Witness.18 years later, Daniel has lived in New York, New Mexico and is currently living in Atlanta, Georgia with his beautiful wife Kim and their son, Daniel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This book is an easy read and I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 18, 2012
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Having Jehovah Witness family members and having attended meetings with them as a child I tend to connect with books about Witnesses as I know the subject matter. However I am not a Jehovah Witness but I feel to have a better understanding of religion you have to understand them all, whether you agree with their philosophy or not.

I did connect with Daniel in this story. I remember going to the meetings as a child and knew exactly what he was talking about. Which made it much easier for me to connect. Although, not having much experience attending other religious events as a child I would expect them to be similar from a child's perspective. But this story isn't so much about his attending meetings as a child as it is about his journey through life and the actions that led to his disfellowship.

His story is not unlike many others that I have read or heard about. Although his is filled with more famous people than the rest. It's amazing how many people who were influential in rap and hip-hop Chamberlayne has connected with in his life. I know they weren't the stars they are now when he met them, but I would have been so star-struck and he kept his cool. I know I wouldn't have been so cool about it.

My heart hurt for Chamberlayne as he talks about the dark times when he was shunned by his mother and most of his family and friends. As a child you tend to befriend the friends of your parents, and because his mother's friends were almost all witnesses most of his friends were witnesses. That would have been hard to deal with. And some of the tactics his mother takes to make him accept his life as a Jehovah Witness were just crazy to me. My parents and I disagreed many times about many things but I would never have been subjected to what his mother subjected him to.
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I really enjoyed this book and could relate to the author's demise in growing up as a Jehovah's Witness. Parents within this organization do their children a disservice when forcing them to attend the meetings at the hall and field service. As Daniel's mother, my mother made meeting attendance and field service not an option. The religion was forced down my (and my siblings) throat. If we did not want to go to the hall or out in field service, my siblings and I were severely punished by my mother and told "we were not in good favor with Jehovah". When a child hears their own mother use these words, it make you feel low, the bottom of the barrel. To this day, I suffer severe emotional issues because of her verbal abuse.

I remember when is was 15 years old, my mother began to also pressure me into baptism. She made me feel as if I would die at Armageddon if I did not take the plunge soon. She started to compare me to the other teenagers in the hall and say, "well brother so and so or sister so and so's son or daughter is the same age as you and they are baptized (or getting baptized), why won't you?"I was even denied some gatherings and sleepovers by my mom because she would say, "you are not spiritual enough to go to that gathering." I was a distraught teen, because all I wanted to do was go to high school, work, have a boyfriend, and eventually attend college. Being a Jdub was not on the agenda for me with the strange doctrines and strictness. To please her, I did eventually start the 180 questions for baptism mentioned by Daniel, but I stopped before the third session. I had to straight up tell my mother I was not ready! She didn't like that but she got off my back. I stopped attending meetings at 17.
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By Temesha on March 27, 2014
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Dan....I really enjoyed reading your book, it was very interesting so much more I learned about you! I would definitely recommend this book if you are a JW struggling with what path to take!! Love ya T!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By REAL WOMEN READ BOOKS BOOK CLUB on March 5, 2009
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St. Peter stood at the pearly gates as droves of people waited to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. A group of Christians approached and St. Peter gave them keys and told them to proceed to room 336 but to be very quiet as they entered. Shortly thereafter a group of Catholics approached. St. Peter told them to promptly proceed to room 339 but to be very quiet. St. Peter looked up as a group of Methodists approached and happily gave them keys to room 340. Again he admonished them to be quiet upon approaching. One curious Methodist man, observing that the groups before him had been given this same warning, asked St. Peter why they all had to be very quiet. St. Peter replied, "Because the Jehovah Witnesses are in room 344 and they think they're the only ones up here."

When I heard this joke for the first I laughed until my side hurt. However, for Daniel J. Chamberlayne, the subject of Jehovah Witnesses and their claim to be the only true religion is no laughing matter. Chamberlayne makes this clear in his riveting memoir "The Kingdom Hall No More" wherein he skillfully depicts coming of age in a religion that he says robbed him of his childhood. Chamberlayne captures the heart of the reader immediately as he opens his story with the death of his father and his mother's subsequent immersion into the Jehovah Witness religion. Chamberlayne is told by his mother that he will see his father again in 1975 when the present world will come to an end (Armageddon) and Jesus will rule over the world. Those that have died will come back to life. The aforementioned was music to the ears of 7-year-old Chamberlayne. However, to his chagrin and devastation, 1975 came and went and the well-documented prediction of the end of times was proved to be false.
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