- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Something or Other Publishing LLC (October 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984693807
- ISBN-13: 978-0984693801
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some might accuse Wade of "whitewashing" stories of life in the WCG, but not everyone is one of the walking wounded. It is a fact that some were sorely mistreated by either College professors or their local minister. It really depended on where you lived and who your Pastor was.
Wade took a calculated risk in revealing some his personal struggles and hang ups. I am saddened that some have criticized him from that perspective. All I can say is: "Walk a mile in his shoes.........don't criticize or accuse......vilify or abuse..... till you walked a mile in his shoes....."
Wade does an excellent job of summarizing the beliefs and practices of the WCG. He also relates some of his negative experiences without bitterness or rancor. If you want an inside and balanced view of the WCG from that era, this book is for you.
After an abusive childhood, he walks into adulthood carrying the baggage of that awful childhood. However he honestly faces his past, himself, his actions, & motivations with a raw honesty that is both courageous & at times frightening. For anyone facing similar challenges from their past, or facing any kind of spiritual crisis or questions, you may well find Wade's journey to be inspiring. It may touch a place in your soul, as it did for me.
Because it's an inspiring message of hope and healing.
Here's the story of a wounded child, who at a tender age was faced with enormous burdens and hurts. Being intellectually astute but psychologically unsophisticated (as any child would be), he made the best decisions he could under the extraordinary circumstances. Decisions that led the development of protection mechanisms for survival. Mechanisms that became ingrained and instinctual, formulating the way he dealt with the world as an adult, from a place of protection rather than choice. We all undergo this to one extent or another, but rare is the individual who commits to enough honest self-examination to not only realize it, but to reclaim those parts of himself as virtues and strengths through being aware of and at choice at when they are used. In that, Wade weaves a story of personal healing.
As for the religious group, I share and applaud the attitude Wade promotes. Many have been involved in groups with over-authoritarian or controlling dynamics, be they a family, religion, cult, political party or close-knit culture. The human proclivity is to move in one of two extreme directions: sacrifice one's individuality to the group, or rebel vehemently, throwing aside and discounting the good things the community provided. The author demonstrates a more loving and effective approach:. To acknowledge and value the wonderful gifts that were gained, allowing one to move forward without the excess baggage of bitterness, which is ultimately the continuance of one's own victimization.
I look forward to continuing this journey in the next two books.