Deliverance at Hand!
The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah's Witness
ISBN 9780988493803; Oct 2013; $22 Retail
"This fascinating glimpse inside a largely unknown lifestyle will appeal to memoir readers as well as those especially drawn to post-religious accounts"
- Library Journal
Deliverance at Hand! is James Zimmerman's enthralling account of growing up as a zealous Jehovah's Witness, and of the all-consuming nature of belonging to an insulated, apocalyptic community. James is held up as a shining example for other youths in the religion, is given unprecedented privileges, and spends his youth proselytizing. He may very well have knocked on your door. But as he matures, fissures begin to form in the bedrock of his fundamentalist Jehovah's Witness belief system. And as James's doubts grow, so does his predicament: Leaving a religious community that teaches its members to shun former members would have deep and painful ramifications. He must make the decision between intellectual honesty and his way of life.
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About the Author
James Zimmerman was a contributing editor to Atheist Voices of Minnesota: An Anthology of Personal Stories (Freethought House, 2012), in which his essay "Losing My Head" appears. His writings have also appeared in The 2013 St. Paul Almanac and Breathing In: Stories from the Century College Community, Volume II, and several periodicals including The Humanist, American Atheist, and Free Inquiry. He is a frequent host of Atheists Talk television show and is a former editor for The Minnesota Atheist. A lifelong Minnesota resident, James currently lives in St. Paul with his wife, Jennifer, and their son, daughter, and cat.