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  • The Last Days

  • A Memoir of Faith, Desire and Freedom
  • By: Ali Millar
  • Narrated by: Ali Millar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Summary

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A Scotsman Book to Watch for 2022

It is 1982 and in the Kingdom Hall we are Jehovah's Witnesses. The state of the world shows us the end is close, and Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking to devour us.

Ali Millar is waiting for Armageddon. Born into the Jehovah's Witnesses in a town in the Scottish Borders, her childhood revolves around regular meetings in the Kingdom Hall, where she is haunted by vivid images of the Second Coming, her mind populated by the bodies that will litter the earth upon Jehovah's return.

In this frightening, cloistered world, Ali grows older. As she does, she starts to question the ways of the Witnesses, and their control over the most intimate aspects of her life. As she marries and has a daughter within the religion, she finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into its dark undertow, her mind tormented by one question: is it possible to escape the life you are born into?

A tale of love and darkness, of faith and absolution, The Last Days is an unforgettable memoir of one woman's courageous journey to freedom.

©2022 Ali Millar (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"A coming-of-age story like no other." (Lily Dunn, author of Sins of My Father)

"Ali Millar pulls you heart first through an extraordinary life, somehow making sense of an experience that should make no sense at all. A sublime talent." (David Whitehouse, author of About A Son)
 

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the truth will out...

feeling as though i was right there traveling though her life, outstanding, Ali's writing is amazing, touching and so raw. 💝

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wonderful

A tender, raw, poetic autobiography. Beautifully written and exquisitely courageous. Thank you Ali for sharing your story with me.

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Engaging, whilst sadly familiar and disturbing.

Thank you Ali Miller for writing this memoir. As an ex jw, many of your experiences were familiar, some more than others. Thank you for your honesty. I hope you have had or are receiving the support to process the trauma you’ve been through. Counselling really helped me to unpack my experiences. Reading critical information and hearing others stories is also so helpful as an ex jw. Unless you’ve experienced life as a jw, it’s difficult to understand the high control environment. This book demonstrated the mental thought control that they inculcate in members and how damaging this can be. Again, thank you Ali. Fantastic work highlighting the evils of this cult.

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Absolutely outstanding

I listened in one go, brought a lot of memories. Amazingly written. What a talent!

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Stick with it!

I didn't think much of The Last Days audiobook at first mainly because of the author's flat and emotionless tone. Although as the book progressed I realised that this was largely because she was trying to convey how her life and her feelings had been suppressed by the organisation she was forced to be part of. So bear with it - she does get more emotional and "come to life" as she begins to shake off the shackles of the Witnesses.

All in all, I thought it was a good and important book and portrayed very well the dilemma of being in an organisation you did not really believe in but were basically trapped as everyone and everything you knew were likewise stuck in the same system.

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Must read

Absolutely outstanding- beautiful writing and beautifully read, moving, heartbreaking and incredible. Would absolutely love to read more of Ail Millars work.

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Courageous, harrowing and amazing. A must read.

Beautifully heartbreaking and inspiring. So bravely, brutally honest and a relatable insight to the times.

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Absolutely raw, vulnerable & stunningly delivered

Powerfully emotive book that is a must read for any JW, in or out.

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Authentic and Heartbreaking

This book gripped me from start to finish. The honesty of the writer’s voice came across clearly and her style was fluent and lyrical. The book was shocking but not sensationalist which gives it authenticity. I have friends who are Witnesses and this book helped me to understand the mysterious aspects of their lives which they do not share. It helped me to understand why their lives are filled with difficulties like stress, anxiety, eating disorders, migraines….as well as other constant illness and marriage problems and explains why the brightest of their children leave school at 16. It’s astonishing that in our modern world there are so many who are willingly trapped in this destructive, separate world.

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so familiar

as an ex Jehovah witness myself I found this book to be a very accurate description of what life was like as a child growing up in that religion and the pressures and trauma it can lead to.
Thank you Ali, it can't have been easy to write but I'm so glad you did.

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Nailed it!

As an ex JW, Ali's story really caught the feelings and emotions for those of us that went through similar struggles and emotional turmoil. I highly recommend it for all readers, not just ex JWs as it is well written, well narrated and insightful.