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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Inside/Outside: One Woman's Recovery from Abuse and a Religious Cult by Jenny Hayworth is an honest depiction of the author's life. Jenny Hayworth belonged to a family who were followers of the religion Jehovah's Witnesses. Jenny left it after following it for thirty years of her life. In the meantime, the church had let go of her from their group. In this book she takes us through her journey of surviving sexual abuse and further working on her recovery and exploring religious fundamentalism. Though the story begins on a traumatic note, she shows us how the experiences in her life change her perception, outlook, and connection with the outside world. From a closed society, she reinvents her life all over again to start afresh.
The book is an inspiring story for those who are going through traumatic times in their personal space. Being shunned by her family, the author tells readers that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Readers can actually use this book as a guide to help them face their problems and emerge triumphant. It is motivating to see the author overcome her personal tragedies and sorrows. The fact that it is a true story of hope and healing makes it more inspiring.
Some of the scenes in the book are raw and honest. That makes it a compelling read. The book is also very uplifting. The author reaches out to people and connects with them through her personal experiences, making the book tangible.