A third-generation Jehovah's Witness tells the story of moving to Shanghai with her husband to preach (illegally), meeting a man through a podcast who would make her question her faith, then leaving the church for good.
... a deeply personal and detailed exposition that, at times, is difficult to read. But you will be better for it should you choose to do so ... a fully engrossing story. It is a stark reminder that nothing is permanent. Readers will walk away with a keen understanding of this secretive religion ... Her prose is clean and easy to follow, but it's the final chapter that's exquisitely written. It's quite possible Scorah has executed a perfect final line for the story.
Scorah chronicles her journey into the world and, subsequently, away from her religious community ... The last pages of her story are heartbreaking, but unlike many apostates who look back wistfully at the beliefs they’ve left behind, Scorah has no doubt that she has delivered herself from a kind of evil.
... impressive ... Scorah’s prose is straightforward, and she has a winning sense of humor about how much she’s changed ... Scorah provides a rare glimpse into the insular world of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and her accounts of expat life and leaving her faith should give this candid memoir wide appeal.