IamA Former Jehovah's Witness, author of a JW memoir currently being sued by the cult & just made a short 8bit walking simulator about being a teenage Jehovah's Witness. AMA!
UPDATE: I'm calling it a day and wrapping it up now. Thank you so much for all your questions and the great discussions. This was really interesting for me! I appreciate the chance /r/IAmA gave me and appreciate everyone joining in. If you have any further questions I will still be checking for questions now and again, but feel free to visit "us" at /r/exjw and pose any question there. We're a welcoming community :)
Hi all, I'm Misha Verollet and during my AMA on /r/CasualIAMA I got a number of requests to do one here as well. So if you're interested, feel free to AMA!
I was born into the Jehovah's Witness organization. My parents were missionaries in several countries. My uncle and aunt work at the German HQ ("Bethel"). My father was an elder and celebrity speaker in the english-speaking circuit in Germany. My career path was set out and I was on track to becoming a Ministerial Servant and Elder someday myself – but after growing doubts, depression and the nagging feeling that I didn't fit in and wasn't able to uphold the requirements, I committed a sin and was disfellowshipped. That was sixteen years ago. I am 36 now and live in Vienna.
I've created a short, four minute walking simulator in 8bit about being a teenage Jehovah's Witness which has resonated well among the EXJW community here on reddit (/r/exjw).
You can play it here: JEHOVAH'S WITNESS SIMULATOR 2018 -> https://m3g1dd0.itch.io/jwsim2018
I published a non-fiction book / memoir about Jehovah's Witnesses and my experiences in the cult three years ago. A few weeks back, Jehovah's Witnesses decided to finally sue my publisher – you can find all the information on the lawsuit here: http://jwsurvey.org/news/goodbye-jehovah-hello-courtroom-watchtower-brings-lawsuit-publishing-company
I am part of a network of EXJW activists and I am happy to answer any of your questions on Jehovah's Witnesses. Please also visit /r/exjw!
My Proof: My username /u/JWAlumni is based on my former EXJW website JW Alumni, which now is called https://cult101com.wordpress.com/about/ and I've also put up a page on my official homepage to verify: http://misha.wtf/IamA
Also, I published the walking simulator as m3g1dd0, which is also my Twitter-Handle http://twitter.com/m3g1dd0
EDIT: I've tried to catch up with as many questions as possible that came in over night. I will be looking into this IAmA the whole day, so if you didn't have the chance to get your question in yet, give it another try :)