"To Walk Out Into the World": An Interview with Joy Castroby Steve Charles
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WM: You’ve said that your life has been sheltered, even saved, by books. Now a book of your own is about to be published…
In the book, you mention that your husband also encouraged you to write this.
Passages in the book recall your childhood with such clarity and detail. Most people just don’t have that kind of vivid memory.
Some writers say that if you have a powerful story inside of you and don’t tell it, there can be consequences in your life. This story strikes me as one of those…
But your father died, and that upped the ante.
So even though most of the Jehovah’s Witnesses I knew were sweet, gentle people, they were sort of ripe for a predatory individual like my stepfather.
Professor Bill Placher ’70 said that your Chapel speech "reminding our students of the rules of civility in conversation"—and the standing ovation students gave you for that—was one of the most memorable moments of his past 10 years at Wabash. Did the student reaction surprise you?
Maybe it’s a lucky thing.