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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.

  4. NONAGENARIAN MORMON –
    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!

  8. Just listening to this interview after starting the book. I’ve found the cultural explanations about China informative and helpful. I can see how your podcast was a success for people curious to know about how the country works. I’ve done a lot of studying on the JWs and always chat with them whenever they knock. Not because I’m interested in any religion, but because the religion’s voodoo to convince the members to do things is fascinating.

    Some years ago, a pair of them knocked on my door and I spoke to them for nearly an hour. Following that, I read the book Jehovah’s Witnesses: Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement written by a sociologist, Andrew Holden. I wanted something objective and scholastic. I marked up the book with lots and lots of questions in anticipation of them returning. I had told them not to not mistake my friendliness for interest or spirituality, but they came back anyway. When they came, I told them, “Great! I’ve got some questions for you!” I went through just some of my basic questions. My favorite looks from them was when I asked if trained linguists in Greek or Hebrew translated their Bible and when I made the point that earthquakes are the result of the warming, cooling, and movement of the Earth’s crust and not because of a punishing, supernatural god. There was one of them, however, that seemed to be open to my questions/perspectives to the chagrin of the other. They didn’t come back, but it seemed there were cracks with the one. I wish I could have another conversation with her…

    Reading your book helps close some holes in my understanding of the JWs processes. Cheers to you in carving your own path.

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