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  1. What an articulate, intelligent, open. honest, lovable, delightful woman. Your energy and enthusiasm for life is inspirational. Thank you for sharing your amazing story. Best wishes to you in all you do.

  2. Charming interview! I am glad you were able to get out of your fundamentalist religion and I enjoyed hearing you share your experiences in your book – what experiences to have. I hope you are free to enjoy life in spite of no longer having “all the answers”. Good luck!

  3. I haven’t listened to this episode yet, but I loved your interview on NPR today so I decided I better come find your Mormon Stories episode too. Can’t wait to listen.

    What a great, great interview! And so relevant to Mormons who have made similar decisions. Immediately after hearing this interview I bought Amber’s book. Read it in two days. Then gave my copy to a non-Mormon Chinese friend about the same age as Amber who was born in China and came to this country with no college degree. Coincidently the same day I gave her the book she graduated from college with a Masters degree in Accounting.

  5. I have listened to this podcast along with the interview that Amber did with Terry Gross…. What an impressive young woman.Her story is so relevant to the LDS community since so many of the characteristics she describes are common to both groups. Although I have never been LDS, my husband was a member until his resignation many years ago. We experienced his family’s shunning and the ways that they diminished us over the years for our lack of membership . The low value placed on women’s input was one of the situations that often estranged us from LDS family since I was a lifelong feminist. It was always difficult to be seen as ‘less than’ simply because we weren’t active LDS and did not accept their world view toward others. Amber has been open and courageous in her narrative and I applaud her honesty and the way in which she has takenpersonal responsibility for her life choices which are impressively moral ones. May her future bring her great joy and may she know that her story resonates for many and is comforting as well.

  6. John you did a nice interview with Amber. The way you summarized the commonalities of our two faiths was insightful. I found her story to be inspiring . Leaving the jehovah’s witness religion seems much harder than leaving Mormonism, requiring a lot of courage and lacking the same organized “ex” community for support. I was also inspired by her attitude about the loss of her child and how she turned tragedy into something productive. I hope we hear more from her.

  7. These are some of my favorite interviews. Would really enjoy hearing more stories from other faiths with parallels to Mormonism. Also, John: I think you are thinking about writing a book. I think it would be good!

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