I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing

Kyria Abrahams, Author . Touchstone $25 (339p) ISBN 978-1-4165-5684-8

When Abrahams was growing up, her world was neatly divided between those who would live forever in a paradise on earth and all the “worldly” people her Jehovah's Witness family prayed for. Her congregation forbade Christmas and Halloween, aggressively shunned anyone who left the fold and taught children that birthday parties were of the devil. For kicks in her early teens, Abrahams would go witnessing door-to-door with her pal Lisa, a die-hard J-Dub. This acerbic, witty memoir chronicles the first 23 years of Abraham's life with candor and a good dose of comedy. Unlike other memoirs written by the disenchanted, Abrahams musters some affection for her decent but screwed-up family, and even for the religion itself. Where the story hits a rough patch is in her account of her late teens and early 20s, when she dropped out of high school; rushed into a disastrous teen marriage; fell into alcohol, drugs and adultery; and finally “fired Jehovah as [her] personal bodyguard” and became an apostate divorcée. None of this is particularly funny, and Abrahams's tale of self-destruction ends abruptly enough that readers will wonder how she managed to pull herself together. (Mar. 3)

Reviewed on: 01/12/2009
Release date: 03/01/2009
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