Petting Tigers (Paperback)
Petting Tigers is a story of what happens when a young girl is robbed of her childhood after a parent becomes one of Jehovah's Witnesses, a cultish religious organization that demands complete submission. It further describes how a beautiful mind can be washed away and instead filled with rote beliefs that make no sense in the real world. The airtight belief system, which is called The Truth by its devotees, turns self-destructive when the child grows into an adult who continuously fails to meet the expectations of the set mold. Petting Tigers takes the reader through the author's painful self-realization and valiant journey to extricate herself and her three sons from the Organization. She knows full well that everyone they know will then shun them. Petting Tigers is about finding a way out and the slow, awkward steps taken after emerging like a newborn into a world she had not known or understood.
Author Shelley Smith Jones grew up in Livingston, Montana, the daughter of a Northern Pacific Railroad conductor and a devout Jehovah's Witness mother. She raised her three sons in Southern Idaho before moving to Seattle, Washington, in 2001. Currently, she lives in rural North Central Washington with her husband and two horses.