I promised a sequel to my 2008 autobiography, Growing Up in Mama’s Club, a vivid description of my sixteen childhood years as a reluctant Jehovah’s Witness. Ghosts covers forty-eight years of my adult life, starting with my last few weeks in Brooklyn, New York, as a Bethel volunteer.
Readers of Growing up in Mama’s Club were almost unanimous in their praise for its honesty and revealing recollections of “Dickie’s” early life. But, most agreed that I left them wanting; they wanted more stories about my life after leaving Bethel. They wanted me to share insider secrets about the leaders of the Watchtower Society, and how I survived after leaving the organization. For many readers it seemed that I’d ended Mama’s Club prematurely, leaving them hanging. Everyone wanted to know what happened to “Dickie” and his new wife?
As I did with my first book, I’ve dedicated Ghosts to my late sister, Marilyn. While our lives took much different paths, she also suffered the after-effects of her Jehovah’s Witness childhood. I try to fully describe the events that finally led to her life ending so tragically and needlessly.
In this book, I use a running theme about how ever-present “ghosts” hang around to affect your thinking, your decisions, and your relationships for years after leaving a cult-like religion. I have to admit that residue from these “ghosts” still have some affect on me and the lives of many of my family members and friends.
I’m providing some links below to not only my own books, but also to some others that I feel can reduce the effects of the cult “ghosts” through education and understanding of how they work.