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How I Escaped Evangelical Hell: A Memoir Paperback – December 31, 2016
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"A book that neither solicits sympathy for its victim, nor inflicts the obligatory demonization of its perpetrator. Instead, author Jon Jones coolly walks us through his past house of horrors like a detective lifting up floorboards to reveal the bodies-and the psychological profile of his childhood abuser."-N. Thane Boulton
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Jon Jones is an American author, entrepreneur and fifteen-year veteran of the video game industry. Jon has led the art direction, development and design of some of the world's foremost, 3-dimensional and virtual reality properties, and is a widely-recognized industry leader. He is based in New York City running Smartist-an outsourcing and production management agency for the entertainment industry-with over forty titles to his credit. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I believe all stories have power, with threads we can follow to learn and grow. But I will hold this memoir as precious because it is able to uniquely validate situations I lived through that others have doubted. Someone else lived them too. When you are isolated and abused, it works to the benefit of the abusers to convince you that you are alone. And it can feel that way for many years after, even if you do “escape Evangelical Hell.”
Jones details how he still struggles with social anxiety as a result of his abuse. He is honest about how the development of a self is so terribly hard to get, and he also demonstrates the bravery it takes to rescue yourself when it becomes clear that you can only rely on yourself.
I hope more people read this book to gain an understanding on the dangers of unregulated homeschool. Yes, it is possible to become a success after you have been beat down throughout your entire childhood, but why do we allow that to be an option? Some programs, like Accelerated Christian Education, which both Jones and I endured, ought to be banned. No child should be taught to turn their mind off in the pursuit of absolute obedience. And that is just one aspect appalling enough to ban it for.
A heart felt thank you to Jones for writing a book that was healing for me to read.