Western society is inundated with political, religious, and commercial entities vying for control of our thoughts. We know we are being manipulated. But do we know the extent?
Faithful Slave offers an entertaining ride with a mix of memoir, self-help, and thesis elements. It not only tells a story but provides a mechanism for empowerment. Personal experiences are blended with meticulous research while focusing on belief systems. We learn how those systems are developed and how they are strategically altered.
Using Jehovah's Witnesses as a paradigm for authoritarian organizations we quickly learn the value in that model. It is the smallest religion in your community, yet it is in every community. They out-perform Scientology in efforts to appear most wholesome. They out-preach Mormons in door-to-door ministries. They out-publish Times, Forbes, and Reader's Digest with their magazines. They are just like every other religion. Only more so. The religion embodies and often amplifies the rough edges of Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions. By shining a light on those rough edges, we're furthermore offered insight into draconian government and powerful, oppressive corporations - a window to the minds of both slaves and their masters.
Conspiracy-pushers, partisan politicians, spurious cults, and abusive partners seem to develop extraordinary skills for enticement and coercion. How can we help our otherwise intelligent friends recognize the hooks which draw them in? To assist in such an endeavor, this book compiles reams of academic data, sorts through the most relevant and helpful, and polishes the collection with emotional narration only a once-heartfelt-believer could deliver. You will also find fresh and fascinating theories on the origins of the Bible.
Religious dissidents face a difficult path. Being labelled disloyal and deserving of death combines with numerous biblical concepts to create self-loathing and self-destructive internal programming. This book effectively disarms that programming. It illuminates the source of persistent thoughts of disapproval, and allows the reader an opportunity to see them for what they are.