Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Amber Scorah

Narrated By: Amber Scorah

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2019

Duration: 6 hours 57 minutes

Summary:

'À la Tara Westover's Educated, Scorah's pensive, ultimately liberating memoir chronicles her formative years as a Jehovah's Witness...and captures the bewilderment of belief and the bliss of self-discovery.'--O, The Oprah Magazine, Named one of 'The Best Books by Women of Summer 2019'

'Scorah's book, the bravery of which cannot be overstated, is an earnest one, fueled by a plucky humor and a can-do spirit that endears. Her tale, though an exploration of extremity, is highly readable and warm.'--The New York Times Book Review

A riveting memoir of losing faith and finding freedom while a covert missionary in one of the world's most restrictive countries.

A third-generation Jehovah's Witness, Amber Scorah had devoted her life to sounding God's warning of impending Armageddon. She volunteered to take the message to China, where the preaching she did was illegal and could result in her expulsion or worse. Here, she had some distance from her community for the first time. Immersion in a foreign language and culture--and a whole new way of thinking--turned her world upside down, and eventually led her to lose all that she had been sure was true.

As a proselytizer in Shanghai, using fake names and secret codes to evade the authorities' notice, Scorah discreetly looked for targets in public parks and stores. To support herself, she found work at a Chinese language learning podcast, hiding her real purpose from her coworkers. Now with a creative outlet, getting to know worldly people for the first time, she began to understand that there were other ways of seeing the world and living a fulfilling life. When one of these relationships became an 'escape hatch,' Scorah's loss of faith culminated in her own personal apocalypse, the only kind of ending possible for a Jehovah's Witness.

Shunned by family and friends as an apostate, Scorah was alone in Shanghai and thrown into a world she had only known from the periphery--with no education or support system. A coming of age story of a woman already in her thirties, this unforgettable memoir examines what it's like to start one's life over again with an entirely new identity. It follows Scorah to New York City, where a personal tragedy forces her to look for new ways to find meaning in the absence of religion. With compelling, spare prose, Leaving the Witness traces the bittersweet process of starting over, when everything one's life was built around is gone.

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  • Anonymous

    What an EXCELLENT read?! Loved the narration and the overall autobiography of this courageous woman. My words to the tee of how I felt after leaving this cult. It needs to be shared!

  • Patricia C.

    This was a great book! If you’ve ever been part of a cult and didn’t realize it until later on in life, if you suspect that you may be part of a cult then it also may be worth a while. I related to it and found so many instances that I felt that this author lived my life, lol. I can only wish that I had this book when I was 19, it could have changed the way I look at life/everything at an earlier age. Thank you so much to Amber for her bravery and humility to bring such a forthcoming and earnest voice to this audiobook!!!

  • Anonymous

    Story starts out well but drags on and on and then when the vulgarity begins with the F bombs I was done! Why do authors resort to profanity to get a point across I can’t fathom! It’s a cheap way to crate an intense thought that is NOT going to universally hold readers attention. I’m from the old school. Make a point creatively!! E. Longmire

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