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  • Religious and cult ideologies often use the practice of shunning to silence their critics and to control their members through fear. This podcast sheds light on this practice through real life stories as told by the people that have lived through it. Learn what their lives were like and where they have ended up in life after shunning. Featuring stories from Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, Amish, Mennonite, FLDS, the Moonies, and more, you will learn about the real lives of former members that have been shunned.
    2017
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  • Sep 23 2022

    After a night spent with her boyfriend talking, a relationship that as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses she wasn’t supposed to have because he wasn’t in the cult, a phone call comes in from Elizabeth’s father wanting to know where she is. After replying that she was at Waffle House planning a wedding with her friend and that she just lost track of time, she told her boyfriend that now they had to go to Waffle House. Why? Because she had to “make it be true”.

    If those four words aren’t the epitome of what it is to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I don’t know what is. The desire to “make it be true”, to ignore all evidence to the contrary, to continue to uphold a dedication coerced through cult influence often as children, and to justify the sunk cost at all costs, is what leads so many to stay in something that isn’t good for them. It leads to people living an inauthentic life because they’re in so far that they have to “make it be true” because the cost of leaving is so high although they’ve already lost so much while being in. Elizabeth has such a story of her own to share, including a harrowing experience with a predatory cult member that she was saved from just before it got much worse.

    Support today’s guest by leaving her a comment HERE

    Support the show by donating to the cause on our Patreon page, Patreon.com/shunned

    Are you struggling in some area of life? Feeling stuck? Need an accountability partner or some encouragement? Need to talk to someone that understands cult life? Reach out and let’s talk. I have affordable programs to help as a certified life coach. Click HERE for more information.

    Want more resources? Go to my other website exjwHelp.com

    Join our Shunned Podcast Facebook Support Group HERE

    Leave us a review on iTunes

    Find shunned podcast on Youtube, including new VIDcasts here.

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

    You can listen to the Shunned Podcast Spotify playlist here for all of the songs chosen by guests of the show.

    This podcast was made possible by my original podcast This JW Life. You can find it on any podcast app or on YouTube. It is a 9 part series about life as Jehovah’s Witnesses designed to help you understand how it worked in one comprehensive story and to help you process your own if you came from that environment.

    Music provided by Jane and the Boy, entitled Save Myself.

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    2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Sep 9 2022

    Amanda travels the United States but is not allowed to have friends as a kid, both outside OR inside of the cult of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Amanda isn’t home schooled to further her isolation but is sent to school because her dad teaches. Amanda can’t play sports at school but her dad coaches some of them. Amanda’s dad screams and even gets physical but everyone outside of the home sees a different side of him and loves him. Amanda is forced to hide her body with oversized clothes yet is called a slut at home. And when Amanda is starting to get in trouble with the cult as an adult, her dad does something that is perhaps the most confusing in a life of contradictions.

    The song that she chose to represent her journey is Conqueror by the Empire Cast.

    Support today’s guest by leaving her a comment HERE

    Support the show by donating to the cause on our Patreon page, Patreon.com/shunned

    Are you struggling in some area of life? Feeling stuck? Need an accountability partner or some encouragement? Need to talk to someone that understands cult life? Reach out and let’s talk. I have affordable programs to help as a certified life coach. Click HERE for more information.

    Want more resources? Go to my other website exjwHelp.com

    Join our Shunned Podcast Facebook Support Group HERE

    Leave us a review on iTunes

    Find shunned podcast on Youtube, including new VIDcasts here.

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

    You can listen to the Shunned Podcast Spotify playlist here for all of the songs chosen by guests of the show.

    This podcast was made possible by my original podcast This JW Life. You can find it on any podcast app or on YouTube. It is a 9 part series about life as Jehovah’s Witnesses designed to help you understand how it worked in one comprehensive story and to help you process your own if you came from that environment.

    Music provided by Jane and the Boy, entitled Save Myself.

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    1 hr and 52 mins
  • Aug 29 2022

    To participate by donating to the cause, you can donate here (I will personally match the first $200 dollar for dollar): https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/shunnedrecovery

    You can also Venmo to @michael-shemwell-1 (last four digits of phone are 3279 if needed)

    To learn more about this day and how you can go out and participate on your own visit: https://exjwhelp.com/exjwhelpday/

    To watch this on YouTube, go to: https://youtu.be/HgX1ApWPl5s

     

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very relatable for those who've endured shunning

I really find this podcast/ the you tube videos therapeutic. When those closest to you fail you, due to their own misguided and contradicting beliefs..it is painful.
You mourn these people, who have not died physically....yet refuse to see you and love you.
Be encouraged. Some strong language and detailed topics that is not intended for little ones.....but as I stated.....extremely therapeutic.
Shunning sucks but having these podcasts and knowing that others have dealt with the toxic effects of the shunning pattern.... helps me to cope and move past their behaviors.
We are enough and we can get through this!!

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