Growing Up In Mama's Club

A Childhood Perspective of Jehovah's Witnesses

by Richard E. Kelly

5.5 x 8.5, 268 pgs, soft cover

ISBN 978-0-9795094-2-1

Price $16.95

The revised and expanded third edition of the book can now be ordered. This new edition includes a history of the Jehovah's Witnesses and an expanded glossary of words and jargon used by the Club.

Comments about the book

• I started reading the book early in the day and thought I would read just a few chapters. My problem was that I couldn’t put it down.
– Lynn Beckett, math and science teacher

• I can’t remember reading a more compelling story. It was so moving that I did not want the book to end.
– Clarence Hogeterp, Owner of Redux Books

• The book was terrific! Not only was the content very well written, but it provided interesting tidbits about Jehovah’s Witnesses and the author’s reaction to living under the “rule of truth.”
– Jackie Burgess, housewife

• I really enjoyed this fast-moving, heart-rending story of a child who attempts to conform to a belief system at odds with his intellectual capacity. The boy’s ultimate triumph over religious indoctrination should be inspirational for people of all ages.
– Bob Rogers, photographer and writer


Richard E. Kelly grew up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses (the Club). At age 20, while working at the Club’s headquarters, he left the group. He lived with his wife, Helen, in New York City for a year before they moved to west Michigan in 1965. There, he worked for Clipper Belt Lacer Company, where he served as the treasurer and then president. He retired in 1997. He splits his time between Tucson, Arizona, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, writing, hiking, playing bridge, spoiling his six granddaughters, and enjoying the company of good friends.


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