Episode Four – Mike is shunned by Jehovah’s Witnesses

Mike is shunned by Jehovah's WitnessesIn this episode we explore Mike’s story of being shunned at an early age while still living at home, and how even today although he isn’t officially “shunned” he’s still treated that way as an inactive Jehovah’s Witness. Not all who are “shunned” are disfellowshipped or disassociated from the organization. Shunning is in the DNA of Jehovah’s Witnesses, something that really marks them as a high control religion, also known as a cult.

The song chosen by Mike to represent his journey is “Addiction” by Kanye West, in particular the hook:
“Why everything that’s supposed to bad make me feel so good?
Everything they told me not to is exactly what I would”



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7 thoughts on “Episode Four – Mike is shunned by Jehovah’s Witnesses”

  1. I grew up very much the same way. While I now celebrate birthdays and holidays, I still feel weird when I’m asked what I want for my birthday or Christmas. I still forget about getting gifts for my wife at times, and its hard for her to understand why I’m so weird about the holidays.

    Even just hanging out with her family all the time is weird for me, cause I never had family around growing up. We live in San Antonio, and she has family peppered all over, where they are usually 30 mins away at the furthest.

  2. Just finished episode 5. I’m in a very similar postion to you mike. I’m 16 and going through a lot right now. I’m baptized and struggling with everything. I want out but I don’t want to lose my family. I’m doing things that could get me into some trouble in the organization. I’m tired of it. I can’t really do anything until I’m 18 and out of school. It’s just exhausting

    1. Hi Ethan,

      I’m not the Mike that was interviewed here, but I’m the Mike that puts this show together. If you look up the podcast called “This JW Life”, that’s my story.

      Anyway, I’m a member of a forum called jehovahs-witness.com and there is a girl there that joined three years ago at the age of 15. Her named on there is BlackWolf, and I’m sending you a link below to her profile. I wouldn’t reach out to her because I’m not sure she can reach back, but if you read her threads on there (I think there are 3 pages) you can see how her story plays out and the advice she got. Everyone’s situation is just a little different, but you are in a tough position when you’re awake so young. Here is the link to her profile. You might have to sign up as a member to see it, I’m not sure. Obviously, if you do sign up, be sure to use things that your parents won’t be able to trace back to you.

      Link – Click Here

      Let me take a second to tell you how strong you are for reaching out, and that although it sucks right now the good news is that you have a head start on some of us. I wish I would have work up earlier in life. It would have saved me decades of heartache.

      Feel free to email me as well through the contact form here. Reach out to Mike too who gave you his email in the other comment. He probably has some ideas that I don’t because he went through it at your age. We’re all cheering for you buddy.

    2. Hi Ethan!

      I feel for you. It is hard to be afraid of losing your family, but I wouldn’t take back leaving and losing my family for anything. Although I have lost some, I have gained more. Good luck!

  3. Hey Mike!

    Thanks for sharing your story. I look forward to hearing a new one every month. I feel that you are in one way, very lucky, to have parents that you were able to tell things to -like about the ear piercing, etc, but in another way, is it really “luck” if that is how parents are supposed to be?? I, too, was raised in the religion and it was all I ever knew. But it never worked for me. I am always up for hearing stories of brave people who escaped, so thank you!!

  4. Hey Mike!

    Glad to hear your story! Thanks for sharing and I love the idea you have about making it big.

    I am a window washer and only after waking up realized I have a worth and value and was never getting close to what I was worth. As a witness I was overtasked with all sorts of responsibilities and guilted if I ever began to think to much like the “businessmen of the wicked commercial world”… now having awoken though, I am happy and finally starting to spread my wings and really built a life for myself.

    Go get it brother! I hope you continue to Use you mind and hit on that one “big idea”.

    We now get to decide our own value isn’t that nice?!

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