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  1. says:

    2 1 2 stars actuallly She tricked me The first few chapters are hi LAR ious accounts of her childhood as a member of the Jehovah s Witnesses and though she is writing as an ex member she doesn t seem too bitter or biting in her comments about the religion, but that s just the first few chaptersThen we descend into her ever increasingly not funny and uncomfortable world of OCD, alcoholism and cutting, along with dysfunctional parents, suicide attempts and relationship mayhem the standard crazy messed up stuff that so many memoirs today are made of No transcendence there Throughout the memoir, though, she does seem to retain an ironic and humorous tone although at times this feels incongruous and makes the sadness of her life even uncomfortable, but maybe that was her aim at least she doesn t whine I will say that I had to see this through to the end b c I wanted to see how she gets out If she could have just stuck to the funny stories of the absurd situations of her childhood, this might have been a 4 star.


  2. says:

    I never realized my cousin, Kyria, was so funny Although we were raised by brothers, it s almost as if we were raised by the same dad.What disfunctional families we had At least we both got smart and left a religion that tried to run our lives They stole five years of my life with Mom before she died I feel like I ve been raped Disfellowshipping is so unchristian.Thanks for putting it in writing, Kyria


  3. says:

    If you ve never been a Jehovah s Witness, this is a hilarious and piercingly accurate depiction If you ve been in her boat, the recognition will reach out and smack your face, even while you re laughing I gave it only three stars just because it was written with such exhausting realism and right now I m recovering from a flashback As a cult recovery memoir, it is extremely well done and deserves five stars.


  4. says:

    First of all, it is not surprising that this book received a mediocre rating on Goodreads Many reviewers have complained that the protagonist Kyria is incredibly narcissistic and self centered I also had trouble identifying with her and often wanted to throw the book at the wall but couldn t do so because I was reading the electronic.pdf version on my computer Unfortunately for Kyria she grew up in a cult called the Jehovah s Witnesses and that s where she learned to be narcissistic.I wanted to read a memoir by an ex Jehovah s Witness for some time now My poor mother grew up as a Jehovah s Witness, but left the religion when I was born for which I am incredibly grateful To make a long story short, my maternal grandfather became a Jehovah s Witness after he suffered an accident Doctors told him he would never be able to walk While in the hospital a Jehovah s Witness prayed for him, miraculously my grandfather recovered and was able to walk again Thus he and his wife converted and after that all his children were born into the cult That s how quick it happened But the ramifications of growing up in a cult can still be felt, even years after my mother left that horrible religious organization I recognize now that my mother cannot heal completely from what happened to her, but understanding the causes is the first step to mitigating any further harm.While reading this book, I came up with a list of recurring themes and personality traits I found among Jehovah s Witnesses Narcissism Self Centered To think that you are part of the one true religion in this world and that you will live forever after in Paradise when Armageddon happens In this world it is your only duty to have faith in Jehovah and save others I cannot comprehend how stupid and irrational one has to be to believe this Suffering Now for Eternal Life Later In other words, wasting away this one and only life you have Uncritical Thinking Blinded By Faith Self Righteous No Logical Thinking Not encouraged to talk about their own feelings or experiences, because everything is in the Watchtower All the answers are in the Watchtower and one has to only quote passages If problems arise, contact the elders to decide how to solve the problem Constantly talk about people of other religions and how they suffer Feeling of Alienation Mistrust Fear Satan is everywhere Very suspicious of strangers Parents don t allow their children to make friends with children outside of the congregation, thus natural friendships can never develop Sad Jehovah s Witness children suffer in school for being different and are often taunted by teachers because their parents make unreasonable requests e.g my child cannot sing the national anthem, cannot celebrate Christmas or birthday, is not allowed to do partake in cheer leading etc Bad association are considered interacting with anybody who isn t a JW unless you are trying to convert them They don t believe in this world, thus no concrete planning for the future except bible studies and converting others This makes their followers extremely dependent on the congregation financially, socially, and even emotionally , because they are not allowed to live and think independently Dangerous Young adults are discouraged from attending university thus making them dependent on the church if they can only get lousy jobs College education and activism turns people away from Jehovah Bad things birthdays, gays, divorce, national anthems, patriotism, cheer leading, blood transfusions, casual dating, college Over bearing and strict parents lead to stupid children and lying teenagers The Need to Punish People Apostate one who used to be a Jehovah s Witness, but was disfellowshipped for committing an offence They are shunned by JW members and made to feel guilty Not sure if they are going to reach Paradise Standard self defense technique hiding in the bathroom to make others feel guilty Never works Kyria Abrahams used a comedic tone in this book In an interview she stated that growing up in a cult isn t the worst thing in the world imagine being a child soldier in Africa, suffering from chronic hunger, or being a cocaine addicted teenage prostitute I think she highlighted well the typical aspects of children and teenagers growing up in this cult One can see that not everybody is strictly following the rules, and that member often find ways to bypass certain expectations from the cult considering a session of gossiping with friends as bible study, teenagers getting frisky before marriage, adults having affairs but forgiving the other partner to avoid being disfellowshipped, etcNonetheless, the Jehovah s Witnesses are a horrible cult whose members waste away their lives for absolutely nothing In this day and age of advanced technological progress, I wonder why anyone would remain in that cult They must simply be deluding themselves and are too consumed by fear to confront reality Very tragic


  5. says:

    This is the true story of Kyria Abrahams fight to finally leave the Jehovah s Witness organisation Kyria was born into the organisation they do not like to be called a church and spent her childhood attending meetings, reading only publications printed by the Witnesses and going door to door to witness to the unbelievers who are doomed to die at Armageddon A childhood in the Jehovah s Witness seems to be so dreadfully restricted, not having friends outside the truth not reading books that the other kids read or watching films disapproved of by the organisation Kyria s parents seem to have been strict adherents sometimes and lax at others missing meetings at some times and then enforcing the rules strictly at others Kyria s mother was very unsupportive of her daughter and even though she had many issues herself she was in my opinion cold and hard on her daughter when she faced her own problems.Although Kyria tells the story with much humour it is clear that underneath she was facing a dreadful time in her life, alone without any true guidance, she had nowhere to live, experimenting with drink, drugs and being sexually promiscuous The Witnesses make it almost impossible to leave the organisation because members are so isolated that if they leave they have nowhere to go and no friends outside I found this book both funny and very sad Religion should be there to support you in your life not to make that life miserable and exile you from the rest of humanity.


  6. says:

    I consider myself to be a pretty compassionate person, but I failed to see any admirable qualities in this narcissistic, self absorbed woman who used her Jehovah s Witness upbringing as a crutch for her abominable behavior and complete lack of even an ounce of consideration for others I kept reading, hoping that by the end of the book she would begin to mature, come to her senses, and at least begin a road to redemption Never happened I just couldn t get past my ever progressing distaste for this writer.


  7. says:

    I had to amend my original review It s been a few months after I finished and I think I see it in a different light.At first I gave this book five stars, then two and now it s four The first few chapters were pretty accurate describing what it can be like to grow up as a Jehovah s Witness But then she started talking about getting married and how her life just went down hill from there The last one third of the book describes her struggles with OCD, depression, and alcohol addiction But it never really talks about what she truly believed and whether most of the things she was taught were false After a night sleep, and then a few months, I came to the conclusion that, while this really isn t an accurate, general depiction of what it is like to grow up as one of Jehovah s Witnesses, this is her personal story As such, her own experiences differed from mine, in a number of different levels Some things were exactly the same meetings, preaching, personal relationships, and yes, the awful consequences that come from questioning anything However, I, as an ex Jehovah s Witness if there can be such a thing , I wouldn t change my childhood one bit I was incredibly fortunate to have a family that, while devout to our beliefs, wasn t fanatical This book does paint the image of Jehovah s Witnesses as arrogant recluses that don t celebrate Christmas or Birthdays But, unfairly, she never explains why that s the case It makes it seem as if all elders and regular pioneers as fanatical religious zelouts that could care less about the feelings of others While certainly there are a lot of people like that, I still think 90% of JWs are probably the nicest people you can ever meet Most JW beliefs are strange to a lot of people But it s unfair to not make an attempt to explain why people believe, and then act, the way the do especially when it comes to DFing people It seems, at least to me, that this book really is against the belief in God.And that is where I draw the line Jehovah s Witnesses might be weird and even obnoxious But for the most part, everything they do has a reason And 95 percent of those reasons are found in the bible She never really talks about the bible knowledge she had to acquire to give talks at the Theocratic Ministry School or the effort that is put by those Witnesses that go the extra mile for their beliefs And I think that has to count.Ultimately, Abrahams was correct in many things such as shunning But she was also wrong in other things for example, it was her that made the decision to get married And through out the book, it seems as if any new guy she met was her new fiancee Life isn t easy And if you leave or get kicked out the only thing you ve ever known, going forward is extremely hard I know because I m going through it Overall, I think that it was a decent, funny book about her own life struggles with family, friends, and faith But I sure hope that people remember that one book cannot be used to judge a whole group of people nor can it be used to erase the belief in God Reason and objectivity, not emotion and subjectivity, have to be the keystone upon which a good analysis is built I think this book can help in shedding light in certain personal struggles someone can face if they decide to not be a JW any.


  8. says:

    This is one girl s story of her life growing up in the Jehovah s Witness religion It s a really funny book considering the heavy topic, namely how one girl was raised to be an uneducated, ill equipped for reality young adult because she was part of a doomsday cult that teaches nothing matters because God is about to destroy everything at Armageddon This book was a relief for me to read personally because it pointed out all the ridiculous things about the Jehovah s Witness religion in such a lighthearted way that it just made me laugh and shake my head at those crazy Jehovah s Witnesses There s also an awesome glossary at the back of the book since Jehovah s Witnesses use lots of terms that are strange to non Jehovah s Witnesses If you only read one part of this book, check out the glossary.Some of my favorite quotes from the book Joining the Theocratic Ministry School was a mandatory privilege, something we were supposed to do before being allowed to knock on doors and ask people if they knew they d accidentally chosen the wrong religion The succession of power was this Jesus was the head over man man was the head over woman and woman was the head over cooking peach cobbler and shutting up The best you can do is aim for an immaculate and unparalleled existence, and then berate both yourself and your children when you fall short of this goal My useful habits were flickering slightly, like trick birthday candles He was about as punk rock as a Jehovah s Witness could be on his off days without someone reporting him to the elders It wasn t about being a nice person, it was about becoming a baptized Jehovah s Witness Being respected for my wishes was a new experience It made me feel like I could get away with anything The message was clear Don t leave If you do leave, come back, or else It didn t feel wrong to have sex with my friend s boyfriend because I couldn t fathom anything being wrong any I d been told that murder was as wrong as eating birthday cake was as wrong as smoking, as wrong as reading books, as wrong as having sex with your friend s boyfriend I needed time to grade each of these things on its own merit, to make sense out of the world, one ruined septic system at a time When the people I d known for 23 years stopped talking to me, the people I d known for 23 days helped me move No longer holding back and waiting for a perfect earth, I now needed to teach myself how to survive on the actual, existing one I had a whole backlog of learning experiences to get throughWhat else could I do but keep moving forward After all, this life is the only one we ve got I dedicate the reading of this book and loving it to MY REAL FRIENDS, the ones who helped me save myself when my lifelong friends and family turned their backs on me for having a mere difference of opinion Ms Abrahams takes a rather sad subject and approaches it with candor, spirit and humor, and I thank her for writing this book.


  9. says:

    3.5 3.75 I liked this book and almost loved it, but it felt unfinished I realize a memoir is supposed to describe only a particular time in one s life, not a full autobiography, but I let myself get completely engulfed in this quirky, odd, intriguing life story, and then it just stops Almost as though it is poised for a sequel please, Ms Abrahams I d totally buy it this time and not just order it from the library The most notable aspect of this memoir that made me such a fan is the voice of the author She depicts these scenes of absurdity from her childhood and adolescence so frankly, but somehow manages to both mock them often hysterically, with dry humor and fantastic similes, such as it was like telling your grandmother you not only liked to be spanked but want to dress up like a fuzzy blue fox while it s happening and pull no punches about exactly how it happened Kyria Abrahams is just fucking funny, point blank She tells her story realistically she describes herself being totally naive, absurdly immature, mind bogglingly angsty, and though she doesn t apologize for it, you can tell that her adult self, the voice telling the story, has no trouble poking fun at it In that way, her story was so refreshing, even when some of the narrative ventures into darker territory That is what I loved the most about this book.On that note, it is also while I felt so let down at the end The book stops at what I suppose could be a logical place in the timeline the beginning of MAYBE her beginning to become SOMEWHAT of an adult But it leaves you wondering, does she How much longer does it take And because of the events of the last chapter, it also leaves you wondering if she was yet even capable of taking care of herself at the point the book ends, so, I found the ending frustrating and unsatisfying.


  10. says:

    The extended three day weekend of decidedly unsocial, social obligations provided me with the luxury of being able to lounge around and read Kyria Abraham s humerous memoir, I m Perfect, You re Doomed, Tales of a Jehovah s Witness Upbringing return return When it comes to talking about her life, Kyria is a very good story teller, particularly adept at finding the lighter side of a life that wasn t always easy In doing so it wouldn t surprise me of some events and situations are embellished for the sake of the story however, it seems to be a mostly honest account of her young life within the Jehovah s Witness religion The portrayal of the religion is not entirely critical and mostly accurate I have a feeling that when some dialogue didn t exactly ring true as JW speak it was mostly the hand of an editor trying to make it easily understood by the average reader Kyria is helpful to include an irreverent glossary in the back to help sort out much of the Watchtower jargon return return The style of the book is VH 1 s , I love the 80 s meets Jehovah s Witnesses What I mean is that it is filled with pop culture references with a JW twist For instance, Smurf s are talked along with associated JW urban legends that circulated in the 1980 s about fireproof Smurfs coming alive, chucking Bibles, and cursing in Kingdom Halls So while the humor might not be lost on someone with a non JW background, for someone who was raised in the Organization it is particularly funny return return As we are roughly the same age and both raised in the Watchtower Organization, my life had many points of intersection with Kyria s For instance I can relate to the pride of giving a first Bible talk at age eight, being looked at sideways as a teenager for listening to alternative music, and marrying young I can also appreciate the struggle of being inclined toward the arts and finding few outlets for expression within the Organization and having to look elsewhere As it was growing up, if you were gifted athletically there was plenty of opportunities for congregation hockey, baseball, basketball and soccer however there was no similar avenues for those who enjoyed painting, playing music, or writing poetry return return If this were a fiction book it might be easier to write about, but since the book is about a real person it becomes delicate Kyria touches on some pretty heavy issues in the book such as abuse, repressed memories, OCD, cutting, and alcoholism Her approach to writing about these things is in the same flippant, light hearted tone as describing giving her first talk or reminiscing on the evils of Michael Jackson s Thriller I understand and appreciate that is important to have a sense of humor when looking at our life but on the other hand these things are serious matters that affect people greatly, even after leaving the religion The same is true with the portrayal of the Organization, which seems to be shown as being quirky but mostly harmless Anyone who has been through a disfellowshipping, being cut off from friends and family, can speak of the agony and hurt that comes along with it This memoir takes it all in stride and does little to go into the deep emotional pain that comes with a Jehovah s Witness upbringing return return As the book ends it comes to a conclusion but not necessarily a satisfactory one While she may have at one time in her life saw herself as being perfect and others as doomed , at the end you get the feeling she just sees people as people, good and bad, inside and out As said Kyria touches on some of heavy emotional issues and there doesn t seem to be a real resolution to any of this While the book was extremely enjoyable to read the ending left me a bit depressed I found Kyria to be likeable and it is sad to contemplate that she is still dealing with some of this baggage Though we have a common religious background our lives take us to different places I can only speak for what I know is to be true That said, I honestly believe that Jesus is the solution and healing that is needed in such trouble areas.


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I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales From A Jehovah's Witness Upbringing Raised As A Jehovah S Witness, Kyria Abrahams S Childhood Was Haunted By The Knowledge That Her Neighbors And Schoolmates Were Doomed To Die In An Imminent Fiery Catastrophe That Smurfs Were Evil That Just About Anything You Could Buy At A Yard Sale Was Infested By Demons And That Ouija Boards Even If They Were Manufactured By Parker Brothers Were Portals To HellWhen Kyria Turned Eighteen, She Found Herself Married To A Man She Didn T Love, With Adultery Her Only Way Out Disfellowshipped And Exiled From The Only World She D Ever Known, Kyria Realized That The Only People Who Could Save Her Were The Very Sinners She Had Prayed Would Be Smitten By God S Wrath Written With Scorching Wit And Deep Compassion, I M Perfect, You Re Doomed Manages To Be Hilarious About The Ironic Absurdity Of Growing Up Believing That Nothing Matters Because Everything S About To Be Destroyed