Get an insider’s perspective on growing up in the South in the 1950s in a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Charles Manns’ autobiography, “I Will Always Remember: Growing Up With Jehovah’s Witnesses” (published by iUniverse).
Growing up in rural western Tennessee with four brothers and two sisters was a memorable experience for Mann, and he writes about daily life, his relationships with family and friends and, most importantly, how his family’s chosen religion – they were Jehovah’s Witnesses – affected his life.
“In addition to friendships, I have to say that the events we experienced were so interesting that they will be the topics of conversation for years to come. You see, it’s the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses that give our lives such purpose. We attend five meetings per week at our Kingdom Halls and book study locations, some in private homes throughout the area. In addition we find it most enjoyable to attend two circuit events and a District Convention each year. For Jehovah’s Witnesses, a circuit may consist of six to eight congregations. Just imagine, twice a year, 800 to 1,000 people meeting together for good instruction and association. A district could possibly be fifteen to twenty circuits throughout a region. So one time a year, about 5,000 of us gather in one location. And several district conventions are scheduled and arranged all over the world. All such gatherings are special to us, because they present opportunities to travel and see places that otherwise we would not see and meet people that we would not ordinarily come in contact with.”
“I see life as periods of joyous experiences and great events over which we may have little or no control,” Manns writes. “Diversity is what makes life interesting. It’s important to learn about the person whose life may not seem interesting. You may be surprised at what’s learned.”
About the Author
Charles Manns was born in Brownsville, Tenn., and grew up in a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a lifestyle he’s still accustomed to today. He has resided in western Tennessee and currently resides in Dyersburg, working as a team leader for Burch Foods in nearby Newbern.
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