The Truth Book by Joy Castro
Escaping a Childhood of Abuse Among Jehovah's Witnesses

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-You must always, always tell the truth, no matter the consequences, for you must model yourself on Jehovah, and Jehovah does not lie. This is the most crucial rule of all,+ Joy Castro is told as a young girl in a Jehovah+s Witness family. Joy is 12 years old when her divorced mother marries a brother in the church. He is highly respected in the community, having displayed the ultimate sign of spiritual devotion: he served at Bethel, the Watchtower headquarters in Brooklyn. At home, however, he is a despicable brute. For the two years her mother is married to him, Joy does not grow at all; in fact, she loses 16 pounds, an eloquent testimony to the physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse she suffers at his hands. Her battered mother does nothing to protect her, nor does her church. She is sustained by a consuming fascination for horses and books and her protective love for her younger brother. Their daring escape from this unspeakable cruelty, to discover a nurturing home with their father, is the key to their survival and salvation.

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Joy Castro is a professor of English at Wabash College.
Published September 7, 2005 by Arcade Publishing. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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The narrative veers back and forth, from adulthood to childhood to adolescence and back again: The opening eight pages skip from a first-person monologue from the mouth of Joy’s birth mother, to a thickly sensory description of Marrakech and San Cristóbal de las Casas, to a four-page reminiscence...

Sep 07 2005 | Read Full Review of The Truth Book: Escaping a Ch...

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While Castro’s oblivious door-knocking mother, stepfather from hell and self-centered father come in for their share of criticism, the memoir concentrates instead on Castro’s journey from judgment of others to self-blame to self-confidence, and eventually to a literary life.

Oct 06 2005 | Read Full Review of The Truth Book: Escaping a Ch...

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