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Religious and cult ideologies often use the practice of shunning to silence their critics and to control their members through fear. This podcast sheds light on this practice through real life stories as told by the people that have lived through it. Learn what their lives were like and where they have ended up in life after shunning. Featuring stories from Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, Amish, Mennonite, FLDS, the Moonies, and more, you will learn about the real lives of former members t ...
 
Get an in depth personal look at the life of Jehovah's Witnesses through my own story. Learn how life changed when my family became Jehovah's Witnesses, and then my journey to freedom. Of course, we all know that freedom is never free, and you will learn how great the cost was to me.
 
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This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
At the age of 11 or 12 Nia saw something happen that many Jehovah’s Witnesses see, one of the teenagers in her congregation was disfellowshipped. But what she also experienced was her mother’s reaction, a reaction that lacked care or compassion for the person that was now seen as lost, a reaction that lacked any real care for Nia as well. “Don’t yo…
 
This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
This is a twelve-topic series that Tony presented in the summer of 2015, years before he began working with Radical Truth. However, if some of the content in it sounds similar to the 20-hour series that Joe created, which is called "Understanding Islam (Apologetics to Islam)," it is because Joe's Islamic Studies professor and Tony's Islamic Studies…
 
With four years of long-form personal stories from ten different cults and over 615,000 individual listens and views across many platforms, Shunned has become something more than I ever dreamed. Between the Cult Recovery Coaching Services that I offer, the Facebook support group, the Shunned Recovery Project online meetups, and all of these intervi…
 
Often when we grow up we are given roles to play in life. Whether we pick these up by observing the adults around us or we pick them up in our response to those same people, it isn’t unusual to find ourselves repeating patterns from our past. Chelsea’s story is one of living in confusion and eventually becoming strong enough to break out of the rol…
 
Trigger Warning: This episode contains frank discussions of sexual abuse and suicide. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of taking items like broken pottery and repairing the cracks with gold. It is an acknowledgement of the scars that a piece has as part of its history. Drew has some scars, but he’s not afraid to be vulnerable and talk about his life. F…
 
“The only reason I got baptized was…….I wanted to save my ass.” The cult of Jehovah’s Witnesses promote fear of death at the hands of their genocidal god. Unfortunately for Raene, from the time she was molested at the age of seven by someone in her congregation, she would spend her days trying to save herself in many ways. Saving herself from that …
 
“So I can never change my mind. I can never leave. And I remember having the thought that I am trapped. That was the first time I realized that you can’t just leave, ever, for any reason.” Jake, known on YouTube and other platforms as AltWorldly, had to face a harsh realization that as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses you can’t just leave. It has been re…
 
On July 19th, 2021, Tony was interviewed on 'Stand Up For the Truth' (standupforthetruth.com), a radio program / ministry based in Wisconsin and hosted by David Fiorazo. Summary: We discuss the need to get back to Gospel basics; what the Gospel is not as well as what the Gospel is. Tony has a new series, “Simple Steps to Share the Gospel,” and we a…
 
Do you get scared just THINKING about sharing the Gospel or do you BOLDLY share it all the time? Maybe you're somewhere in between. Regardless of your current confidence level or experience, this series will better equip you to share the Gospel! Three places to get lots of different Gospel tracts: 1) https://store.livingwaters.com/ 2) https://onemi…
 
Do you get scared just THINKING about sharing the Gospel or do you BOLDLY share it all the time? Maybe you're somewhere in between. Regardless of your current confidence level or experience, this series will better equip you to share the Gospel! Three places to get lots of different Gospel tracts: 1) https://store.livingwaters.com/ 2) https://onemi…
 
From an early age Cindy experienced loss as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. From hidden abuse to trying to live up to the expectations of high achieving family members in the cult, this set her up to search for her own identity. Whether through the cult teachings or through her career or relationships, Cindy was looking for something that she couldn’t …
 
Do you get scared just THINKING about sharing the Gospel or do you BOLDLY share it all the time? Maybe you're somewhere in between. Regardless of your current confidence level or experience, this series will better equip you to share the Gospel! Three places to get lots of different Gospel tracts: 1) https://store.livingwaters.com/ 2) https://onemi…
 
Do you get scared just THINKING about sharing the Gospel or do you BOLDLY share it all the time? Maybe you're somewhere in between. Regardless of your current confidence level or experience, this series will better equip you to share the Gospel! Three places to get lots of different Gospel tracts: 1) https://store.livingwaters.com/ 2) https://onemi…
 
“Honestly I just always felt horrible about going, it never felt like this was my calling or this was where I needed to be. It was quite the opposite actually.” Baptized at 15 as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christina knew that this really wasn’t the place for her but did what she needed to do in order to get by. When her life took twists and turns …
 
Do you get scared just THINKING about sharing the Gospel or do you BOLDLY share it all the time? Maybe you're somewhere in between. Regardless of your current confidence level or experience, this series will better equip you to share the Gospel! Three places to get lots of different Gospel tracts: 1) https://store.livingwaters.com/ 2) https://onemi…
 
Do you get scared just THINKING about sharing the Gospel or do you BOLDLY share it all the time? Maybe you're somewhere in between. Regardless of your current confidence level or experience, this series will better equip you to share the Gospel! Three places to get lots of different Gospel tracts: 1) https://store.livingwaters.com/ 2) https://onemi…
 
“It’s all F.E.A.R. They have that over your head with everything. Fear of Armageddon, fear of being shunned, fear of not doing enough, and at that age of 11, 12, 13, fear of being persecuted was so big……..From 2 or three up to 10 or 11 years old, life was fun, just being a kid….but once we were in it, life became scary.” Justin’s life changed when …
 
Do you get scared just THINKING about sharing the Gospel or do you BOLDLY share it all the time? Maybe you're somewhere in between. Regardless of your current confidence level or experience, this series will better equip you to share the Gospel! Three places to get lots of different Gospel tracts: 1) https://store.livingwaters.com/ 2) https://onemi…
 
Do you get scared just THINKING about sharing the Gospel or do you BOLDLY share it all the time? Maybe you're somewhere in between. Regardless of your current confidence level or experience, this series will better equip you to share the Gospel! Three places to get lots of different Gospel tracts: 1) https://store.livingwaters.com/ 2) https://onemi…
 
Raised by a mother that wasn’t truly one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in practice but that still made her children live a JW lifestyle, Za’kaeda had trouble fitting in. When her mother finally got serious about “The Truth”, she had a rare opportunity to make her mom proud as her mom asked her to study, and she obliged. Za’kaeda’s story is one of trying h…
 
“I remember my husband saying ‘you are a sex addict’ but I’m not. I just waited 21 years of my life for this thing and I thought it was going to happen because I did everything right and it’s not happening and I don’t know why.” Sex is something that is repressed and shamed anyway, but what if you married someone that was trying to be someone that …
 
“I’m a nuts and bolts kind of guy. I see how people are treated. Doctrine can be twisted and turned and however you want to interpret the Bible is however you want to interpret the Bible. For me what’s important is how you treat your people.” Follow Dino’s story and you’ll see that people are what matter to him most. From his time in the cult of Je…
 
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