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Old 02-11-18, 17:17   #821
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Did the door-2-door people get him or was it the sign of the four, how did that happen?
Not sure, would have been when I was a youngster. Obviously I was confirmed as an RC like rest of us before losing interest in religion completely. I actually went to some of their study groups out of curiosity as a teen a few times. Thought it was a load of nonsense, the elder person (like a priest I guess and always male) would ask a question, then answer or correct it and everyone nods along in groupthink. Everything had a finite outcome with zero dissent or critical analysis allowed.

JW's are generally incredibly nice and helpful people from my experience, though the sect has had an enormous amount of bad press over the years. Justifiably so tbf. The ould lad is still bang on and he never really pushed it on us growing up.
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Old 02-11-18, 17:21   #822
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That was the Mormons.
I had no idea they were different things even. I know nothing about JW's apart from they want to talk to me about my soul and all my Mormon teaching is from a musical by the people who make south park.
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Old 02-11-18, 17:52   #823
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I had no idea they were different things even. I know nothing about JW's apart from they want to talk to me about my soul and all my Mormon teaching is from a musical by the people who make south park.
Funny enough I actually have a book recommendation about Mormons as well

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...om_search=true

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A multilayered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith. This is vintage Krakauer, an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior.

Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. In Under The Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, he shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders. At the core of his book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this "divinely inspired" crime, Krakauer constructs a multilayered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith. Along the way, he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest-growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

Krakauer takes readers inside isolated communities in the American West, Canada, and Mexico, where some forty-thousand Mormon Fundamentalists believe the mainstream Mormon Church went unforgivably astray when it renounced polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the leaders of these outlaw sects are zealots who answer only to God. Marrying prodigiously and with virtual impunity (the leader of the largest fundamentalist church took seventy-five "plural wives," several of whom were wed to him when they were fourteen or fifteen and he was in his eighties), fundamentalist prophets exercise absolute control over the lives of their followers, and preach that any day now the world will be swept clean in a hurricane of fire, sparing only their most obedient adherents.

Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism’s violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism. The result is vintage Krakauer, an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior. (less)
I found this to be as 5* a book as could be.
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Old 04-11-18, 10:43   #824
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where's the link to the goodreads book club? wanna join
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I just finished 'Unsung Hero' which is the story of the exploits of the great Tom Crean in Antarctica. While the editing was a bit ropey in parts I couldn't praise the book highly enough.

Absolutely compulsive, hair-raising reading about one of the most remarkable people the country ever produced. Seven thumbs up.
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Old 12-11-18, 22:35   #827
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I got through The Power of Habit this week, it's an easy listen on my commute.
Lots of anecdotal stories demonstrating how cues, routines & rewards create habits, it was pretty long tbh.

I'm reading Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Principles by Ray Dalio atm
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Old 13-11-18, 17:31   #828
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I just finished 'Unsung Hero' which is the story of the exploits of the great Tom Crean in Antarctica. While the editing was a bit ropey in parts I couldn't praise the book highly enough.

Absolutely compulsive, hair-raising reading about one of the most remarkable people the country ever produced. Seven thumbs up.
great read surely. What a man,the book is well named.
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