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Inside/Outside: One Woman's Recovery from Abuse and a Religious Cult

by Jenny Hayworth

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Inside Outside is a compelling story written candidly by a brave woman about the short and long term impact of sexual abuse and living within a religious cult on the lives of her family and herself.

Fortunately, to the best of my knowledge, no one in my family has been the subject of physical, sexual or mental abuse. Yes, I was aware of sexual predators and domestic abuse but not personally affected by it and I thank Jenny to opening my eyes to other aspects.

Like many people, the only thing I really knew of Jehovah’s Witnesses was their unwelcome knocking at the door at the most inconvenient times. So I also had no knowledge of the inside workings of a fundamentalist religion.

The author openly writes about her extreme depression, self-harming and difficulty she had with what most people would consider normal social interaction difficulties and that of being cut off from loved family members because she questioned the beliefs of her religion.

Inside Outside refers to her inside self and the outside world in which she must survive. Her inside self with an ‘inside’ mum and dad was a perfect world of love and kindness and it took her many years of therapy to finally let go of that inside world and learn to express emotions.

We all need more understanding of the world we live in and the people we meet. We need to learn not to judge and to be more compassionate and this is one of the many lessons in Inside Outside.

This book gave me an insight into a world I was totally unfamiliar with. I hope to always remember the lessons learned in reading Jenny Hayworth’s book.

This review is also available on my website www.pam.id.au
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  Hostie13 | Jan 30, 2016 |
Wow, has my perspective changed. I really want to read this now.
  KillerCorp | Jul 27, 2015 |
Inside Outside is a compelling story written candidly by a brave woman about the short and long term impact of sexual abuse and living within a religious cult on the lives of her family and herself.

Fortunately, to the best of my knowledge, no one in my family has been the subject of physical, sexual or mental abuse. Yes, I was aware of sexual predators and domestic abuse but not personally affected by it and I thank Jenny to opening my eyes to other aspects.

Like many people, the only thing I really knew of Jehovah’s Witnesses was their unwelcome knocking at the door at the most inconvenient times. So I also had no knowledge of the inside workings of a fundamentalist religion.

The author openly writes about her extreme depression, self-harming and difficulty she had with what most people would consider normal social interaction difficulties and that of being cut off from loved family members because she questioned the beliefs of her religion.

Inside Outside refers to her inside self and the outside world in which she must survive. Her inside self with an ‘inside’ mum and dad was a perfect world of love and kindness and it took her many years of therapy to finally let go of that inside world and learn to express emotions.

We all need more understanding of the world we live in and the people we meet. We need to learn not to judge and to be more compassionate and this is one of the many lessons in Inside Outside.

This book gave me an insight into a world I was totally unfamiliar with. I hope to always remember the lessons learned in reading Jenny Hayworth’s book.

This review is also available on my website www.pam.id.au ( )
  paf4948 | Apr 21, 2014 |
Jenny's memoir should be read by everyone. It details the atrocities she experienced through others as well as the subsequent self harm.

I can't describe the courage it must have taken for Jenny to write this detailed book. If the reader has been through similar experiences it leaves them feeling less different; less alone. It is an eye-opener for those that don't fully understand the effects of abuse, and being shunned by family and those close to you. She does well to explain the devastating emotions that are withheld for so many years, only to surface later on in life with explosive force. The disgrace of being disassociated from the religion that formed the very foundation of her belief leaves Jenny reeling in a society she doesn't know or understand.

Somehow my description doesn't adequately describe the strength I see in Jenny.

An inspiring worth-while read. ( )
  Victoria_Mae | Mar 26, 2014 |
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