One of the most asked questions by readers of “Mama’s Club” is about my wife, Helen. Yes, that seventeen-year-old young lady that you see on this post who would become my wife on April 11, 1964. And that question is: Did she leave the Club shortly after you were married? The answer is “no.” It wouldn’t be until 1986 before she could break the stranglehold of the Club’s cult-like beliefs and practices. But our challenges for the next twenty-two years will be the fodder for my sequel, “Ghosts From Mama’s Club.” In the meantime, Helen and I will be celebrating our forty-fourth wedding anniversary next month. Ironically, my sister, Mary Lyn, was murdered on April 11, ten years ago.
Randy Watters, at FreeMinds.org, is now stocking copies of the new revised and expanded third edition of Growing Up In Mama’s Club. Randy has been helping ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses for over twenty years adjust to a non-mind-control world. His ministry has been fearless in bringing the real truth about the heavy-duty brainwashing and checkered history of the Club. If you haven’t already done so, you might like to check out his site. You can also save ninety-nine cents by ordering Mama’s Club from Randy.
Thanks to my good friend, John Hoyle, at www.SmallWebMaster.com, visitors to my website can read online two chapters in my newly revised and expanded Third Edition of Growing Up In Mama’s Club.
The first is chapter one, where Mama receives the first knock at her door in November 1947, and I vividly describe both Mama’s and my four-year-old reaction to the message and messenger.
Visitors can also read chapter twenty-one in its entirety. Entitled “Grandpa’s Kisses,” I share in sensory detail a significant turning point in my life and how important my grandparents were in helping me, at twelve years of age, to come to grips with events over which I had no control.
A revised and expanded Third Edition of Growing Up In Mama’s Club will be available for purchase on March 14, 2008. This third printing includes an additional thirty-eight pages of new stories, a glossary of Club jargon, and a short history of the Club. And, it reflects my commitment to continuous improvement.
My website has been updated to reflect the introduction of this new Third Edition, as well as additional retail outlets where the book can be purchased online. And if you interested in reading excerpts of the book, you can do so by linking onto text found in the “Notes” section of the website.