Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Book: Walking From Lockney to Jerusalem

It’s a walk of faith--and it also involves a “faith of inconvienence”...Join Coy Reece Holley as he takes you through a "walking tour" of his life in this unique "memoir with a twist". ”Walking From Lockney To Jerusalem: My Life In The Worldwide Church of God" will help you see evangelical Christianity through totally different eyes and will provoke you to explore issues not only in religion, but also in society that you may not have otherwise considered. Mr. Holley also recounts the journey he went through as a member of the Worldwide Church of God (founded by Herbert W. Armstrong; now called Grace Communion International) through both the years immediately prior to Joseph W. Tkach's 1994 "Christmas Eve" sermon as well as the aftermath of "the changes" that rocked the entire foundation of WCG/GCI itself in the years immediately following. Mr. Holley also talks about how those changes are still impacting its past and present members even to this day.

Buy the book in Kindle or paperback here:  Walking From Lockney to Jerusalem

1 comment:

Byker Bob said...

I wonder how history will ultimately treat the Tkach reforms and corrections. Although the Armstrong movement seemed very influential and collected an incredible amount of money in the early days of radio and televangelism, it seems all but inconsequential today, a relic whose worst case scenario prophecies never came to pass and appear forever pinned to a much more naive time and place, the so-called "Cold War" era of international geopolitics.

Those of us in my family who did not leave after the Disappointment of 1972-75 took diverse paths. Some went along with the New Covenant teachings for several years and then reverted to the old, debunked theology. Others became dismayed by the ways in which the changes were executed and administered, and simply began attending an established local mainsteam church which taught essentially the jist of the "new" doctrines, but in a more loving and experienced way. No family member's life remained unaltered by the experience, and not in any way in which one might apply the words good, or healthy.

I love that people write about the experience. What's true is, there is a disproportionate number of books considering the number of people who experienced Armstrongism. That is the primary indicator of the sheer intensity of the toxicity of membership in this dastardly cult. People need to be continually warned so that even today, additional lives are not ruined.