The Spanking Room

A Child’s Eye View of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Spanking Room is authored by William Coburn and is his story of growing up in the Jehovah’s Witness society.

When Billy (William) Coburn was four years old his mother became a convert to the Jehovah’s Witness religion. For the next thirteen years he was held in this religion by his mother and through his early years was brutally beaten as his mother clinged to the teachings of the Watchtower society. This is an eye-opening look inside the Jehovah’s Witness religion through the eyes of a bruised child.

As bad as Billy was treated as he grew up this book doesn’t dive into brutal reading as the author uses humor to keep the reading light. What the book does is give a strikingly dark view of the inner workings of the Jehovah’s Witness religion without leaving you in the same misery.

One thought from the book that interested me was the discussion on how people get caught up in a religion/cult like the Jehovah’s Witnesses. William Coburn writes the following: “I came to the conclusion that it’s not so much that the organization does something to screw people up as it is that a particular type of person – a person with a particular set of emotional baggage, if you will – is attracted to the Society’s orderliness, the regimentation, the dead certainty. I mean, think about it: every question is answered and there’s no need to think beyond finding the right little book to read. You go to this meeting, you listen to the elders you believe this exact doctrine, you put in these hours, and you’re okay with God.”

I think that this is true in more denominations than just the Jehovah’s Witness. I believe that there are some people that believe in God and they want to be “okay” with God so they look for physical rules that they can follow to try to ensure this rather than seeking a relationship with God.

As I was reading, many of the beliefs of the Jehovah's Witness religion reminded me of beliefs of other denominations with a much, much more harsh interpretation.

William Coburn wrote this book for parents of children with partners in the Jehovah’s Witness religion. I believe that this book is good information for anyone and especially for these parents.

The Spanking Room

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