Monday, May 18, 2015

My New Book: EXiting the JW Cult: A Healing Handbook

Hi Everyone,

Original Art Studio was originally started as a site where I could showcase some of my artistic endeavours (photography, photo art, digital art, collages, paintings, etc.). As I shared my attempts at creative expression I began to marry them with inspiring quotations from great thinkers in the fields of psychology, philosophy, and Eastern belief systems. With time I added a few more personal posts and then posts with psychological themes based on my work as a psychotherapist. Incredible people were encountered along the way, friends were made and great exchanges were had.

As I became interested in digital photo art I started making digital textures that folks could use in the creation of their digital art and set up a blog called Pixel Dust Photo Art, which somewhat pulled my attention away from this site.

At one point on this site, I disclosed in a couple of posts that I was raised in the fundamentalist sect (cult) known as Jehovah's Witnesses. I have since discovered a very active community of ex-Jehovah's Witnesses on Facebook and on YouTube. While visiting these sites it became evident to me that there were a lot of very wounded people who were struggling to cope with life after daring to leave that high-control cult. (I call it a cult because it clearly fits the criteria of a cult in that it engages in thought, behaviour, association controls as well as high levels of control on access to information and higher education.)

It became clear that with my background in the JW cult and my education, training and experience as a psychotherapist I could help some of these people struggling to exit the cult, or struggling to adapt to life once out. So I have spent the last six months writing a book and it is now up on Amazon. The book is entitled, EXiting the JW Cult: A Healing Handbook. If you or anyone you know is involved with this doomsday sect, this book could be a real help to them.

You can check out this book on by clicking here or below:

Although I am still painting and making digital art I have diverted a bit to write a book and have decided to share it here with you. I did design the cover (front and back) myself, so there is a little relationship to my "Original Art Studio" there!  :)

While I am aware that very few of you have any involvement with the Jehovah's Witnesses, I hope you will indulge my desire to share my latest attempt at creative expression of a different kind. Again, if you know of anyone currently or formerly in this repressive 'religion', please direct them to this book. Thanks so much!



  1. Congratulations on your latest endeavour. I remember you speaking of the JWs before. I expect writing the book has helped you too to clarify and heal hidden corners of pain and sadness.

    If there are any JWs in our tiny place they keep very quiet about it, although I believe that’s not what they do as a general rule? I’ll be happy to recommend your book if I come across anybody struggling to extricate themselves from the clutches of the JWs.

  2. That is awesome Bonnie! I hope that as others read it
    they too find the freedom they need.

    Thanks for dropping in today.
    I am never too far away.

  3. It took me a while to figure out who the mysterious "X" might be... So good to hear from you! Your departure was abrupt and left me feeling concerned. Truly hope you and yours are well.

    1. We are good and very few people know my identity at this point. Just keeping it small and manageable. Def excited for you and your bookI

    2. So good to know you all are okay. It's impossible not to care about you after sharing so much. ;)


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