New Book, GHOSTS FROM MAMA'S CLUB, Details Legacy of Jehovah's Witness Upbringing

In his new memoir, author Richard Kelly describes how being a cult survivor has affected his entire life trajectory and is at the core of his identity.

"The Ghosts from Mama's Club" and its prequel, "Growing Up in Mama's Club - A Childhood Perspective of Jehovah's Witnesses," detail Kelly's experiences growing up in a Jehovah's Witnesses household, the ensuing family disharmony and how the dogmatic legacy contributed to his sister's murder.

"Because of the success the Watchtower Society has had, many who do not know what the faith is all about may be inclined to see Jehovah's Witnesses as being part of a mainstream religion; I try to dispel that misconception by detailing my 16 years in 'the Club,' and my 'rebirth' after having escaped," he says.

As a cult survivor, Kelly lists some of the harmful practices that define the Watchtower Society:

  • Certainty that the world will end in one's lifetime
  • Social manipulation
  • Crippling half of the members (women)
  • Scorning education
  • Sexual repression

"I promised a sequel to my 2008 autobiography, 'Growing Up in Mama's Club,' a vivid description of my years as a reluctant Jehovah's Witness," says Kelly, who went on to become a highly educated, successful businessman as acult survivor. " 'Ghosts' covers 48 years of my adult life, starting with my last few weeks in Brooklyn, New York, as a Bethel volunteer."

Amazon reviewer Joe Rosenbaum says "The Ghosts from Mama's Club" is an inspiring read for anyone trying to overcome a haunted past.

"This book is a compelling and fast read, and an excellent story of transformation. People from all walks of life will find a great deal of inspiration in MR. Kelly's story," Rosenbaum writes. "I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who has felt trapped by inner demons or a way of life that is causing suffering, and who has wished for a better life.

"MR. Kelly's book shows that it is never too late to change your life and belief systems, and that one can overcome tremendous obstacles to find peace and happiness."

About Richard E. Kelly

Richard E. Kelly grew up as a member of Jehovah's Witnesses. At 20, while working at the religion's headquarters, he left the group to live with his wife, Helen, in New York City. Because Kelly's family believed Armageddon was imminent, his education was limited to what was required by law, since there would be no future. However, he went on to earn a bachelor's in accounting, a master's in business and become president of a Michigan manufacturing company. He now enjoys retirement with his family and friends.

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