I Fired God: My Life Inside---and Escape From---the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist CultHardback
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- Publisher: St Martin's Press
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 165mm x 236mm x 30mm | 476g
- Publication date: 14 May 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1250026261
- ISBN 13: 9781250026262
- Illustrations note: 16 page colour photograph insert
- Sales rank: 1,719,266
Jocelyn Zichterman was born, raised, married into, and finally, with her family, fled the Independent Fundamental Baptist church. Founded by the fiery preacher Bob Jones, with several hundred thousand, IFB members are told they must not associate with members of other Baptist denominations and evangelicals, with an emphasis on secrecy, insular marriages within the church, a subservience for women, and unusual child raising practices. In "I Fired God", Jocelyn Zichterman blows the lid off the IFB's disturbing history, exposing a cult-like atmosphere of corruption, greed, and abuse. Having been initiated into its innermost circles, Zichterman knows that the gentle demeanour America sees in the form of the Duggar clan on 19 Kids and Counting disguises the truth about the darker side of the church. With written documentation and sources so thorough that law enforcement has used her work as a foundation for criminal prosecutions, Zichterman exposes the IFB with revelations.
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JOCELYN ZICHTERMAN is an abuse advocate and whistleblower fighting against the IFB Church. Zichterman was a critical source and interview for the ABC News" 20/20" investigative hour "Shattered Faith" as well as the "Ungodly Discipline" series featured on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." She has also been a source for "The New York Times" and "The Huffington Post," among many other publications. Jocelyn lives with her husband and eight children.
"An incendiary piece of work." --"Kirkus Review""Zichterman's compelling and moving book will appeal to readers of memoir." --"Library Journal""This is one edgy, thought-provoking odyssey--from oppressed child to ultimate whistle-blower." --"Booklist"