I Fired God

I Fired God

My Life Inside--and Escape From--the Secret World of the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Cult

Book - 2013
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Jocelyn Zichterman was born, raised, married into, and finally, with her family, fled the Independent Fundamental Baptist church. Founded by the fiery preacher Bob Jones, with several hundred thousand members, IFB congregants are told they must not associate with members of other Baptist denominations and evangelicals, with an emphasis on secrecy, insular marriages within the church, a subservience for women, and unusual child raising practices.In I Fired God, Jocelyn Zichterman systematically details the IFB's disturbing history, exposing a cult-like atmosphere of corruption, greed, and abuse. Having been initiated into its innermost circles, Zichterman knows that the gentle demeanor America sees in the form of the Duggar clan on 19 Kids and Counting disguises the truth about the darker side of the church.With written documentation and sources so thorough that law enforcement has used her work as a foundation for criminal prosecutions, Zichterman exposes the IFB with revelations including:The disturbing world of abuse within the IFB and doctors and teachers who cater exclusively to church members and fail to report physical and sexual abuseThe IFB-controlled Bob Jones University, which issues degrees of questionable value while making vast sums of money for its foundersThe way the IFB influences politics on the local, state, and national level, and protects its abusive culture under the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion
Publisher: New York :, St. Martins Press,, 2013, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250026262
Branch Call Number: 286. 5 ZIC Z
Characteristics: viii, 293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Apr 28, 2019

Jocelyn Zichterman's book is well written but I nearly passed on reading it due to the title. Which quite frankly is dumb. The publisher should have realized that the title does not accurately portray the depth of informative material between the book cover. Zichterman explains in detail the slow and steady immersion of cult brainwashing. Which brings to mind the analogy of a frog in a cooking pot.The unfortunate frog will remain in the water while the temperature is slowly raised which brings about its demise.
Zicherman's book led me to read several books by different authors whom she referenced in her work. The subject matter regarding abuse was quite difficult to get through.

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