The Day I Was Forced to Marry God & The Day I Divorced God Review

The Day I Was Forced to Marry God and The Day I Divorced God are autobiographical manga, by Tamosan, which chronicle her experiences with joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the circumstances that led her to eventually leave the church and the fall-out of that decision.

The Day I Was Forced to Marry God Review

Tamosan starts this manga journey by providing some background information on the Jehovah’s Witnesses and their beliefs, which was helpful to me, as I soon realized that I didn’t actually know much about this religion, besides the fact that they don’t celebrate birthdays. Tamosan goes on to describe how her lonely and under-appreciated mother was introduced to the Jehovah’s Witnesses and how she eventually brought Tamosan into the fold. Tamosan was a devote believer for many years, but she starts to question the church’s doctrines when her son develops a deadly illness that requires a blood transfusion to treat – something that is forbidden by the teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. When Tamosan decides to get her son the treatment he needs, she starts down a path that will eventually lead her to decide to leave her religion behind.

Tamosan is very direct with expressing her discontent with the Jehovah’s Witnesses in this manga, but The Day I Was Forced to Marry God isn’t a manifesto against religion or spiritualism. While her experience with the Jehovah’s Witnesses was mostly a negative one, Tamosan acknowledges that not everyone’s experiences are the same and she makes it clear at the start of the manga that she believes that everyone has a right to freedom of religion. She also makes an effort to be fair to her mother, who she believes was drawn to the Jehovah’s Witnesses because being a part of the church provided her with a sense of community and fulfillment that she was otherwise missing in her life.

That said, Tamosan is also completely honest about how her time as a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses impacted her, and she doesn’t hold back on her criticism of the church or attempt to cloak her anger over the things she feels she lost out on. Tamosan was pressured into avoiding activities and making friends with people that the members of her church disapproved of, convinced to give up on going to College and even persuaded into throwing away her career goals. Leaving the church costs her as well; she loses friendships and her community – since believers are forbidden to stay in contact with ex-members – and her decision causes strife within her family. Despite this, Tamosan stands by her conviction that this is the right choice for her, and her family, and her resolve begins to pay off for her. By the end of this manga, she has made strides towards rebuilding her life and to reclaiming the dream of becoming a manga artist that she had once cast aside.

I can’t speak to how common Tamosan’s experience may be within the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but I was drawn in by Tamosan’s openness and I found her story to be both fascinating and, ultimately, uplifting. If you’re a fan of autobiographical manga, like My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, I’d recommend checking this manga out.

Final Score: 8 out of 10

For more information on this manga, visit the eManga website.

Content Warning: This manga discusses incidents of physical and sexual abuse of children and contains a scene that depicts domestic violence.


But Tomasan’s story doesn’t end there, her decision to leave her church is just the start!

The Day I Divorced God Review

The Day I Divorced God continues Tamosan’s journey and focuses on Tamosan’s struggles after she left the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She discusses how losing her community affected her, how she struggled with relating to people outside of the church and the rift that her decision caused with her mother, who remains a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

One of the more surprising consequences of Tamosan’s decision was her resulting financial woes. Apparently, since she and her husband had believed that Armageddon was imminent and guaranteed to happen within their lifetimes, they hadn’t bothered to save or invest for their retirement or for their son’s future, and they find themselves in a bit of a financial pickle once they realize that they are going to need to worry about those things after all. This volume also covers the release of The Day I Was Forced to Marry God and how this caused further difficulties with her family.

The Day I Divorced God feels less focused than its predecessor and doesn’t have quite the same dramatic weight, but I found this frank exploration of what comes after such a life-altering decision to be moving, especially the chapter that discussed how other former members of the church had reached out to Tamosan after reading her manga. In the end, this is a worthwhile follow up to The Day I Was Forced to Marry God and I would recommend reading both parts, so that you can get the complete story of Tamosan’s journey.

Final Score: 7.5 out of 10

For more information on this manga, visit the eManga website.

What did you think of these manga? Let me know in the comments!


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7 thoughts on “The Day I Was Forced to Marry God & The Day I Divorced God Review

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  1. I don’t think I heard of this before. (Although to be honest, the first sounds like a generic BL title.) But sounds like a very intriguing work on a subject not often talked about, especially in this format.

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    1. It does sound like a BL title, LOL!

      I hadn’t heard of this series either, before spotting it at my local comic book store. I was really intrigued by the premise and I’m glad I decided to pick it up, it was a worthwhile read.

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  2. I never heard of this title before, but it does sound intriguing. I actually knew some people who followed that religion even though I’m not familiar with all the details besides not celebrating birthdays, no blood transfusions, or Prince being a convert of all people. This could be an interesting read.

    Also, thanks for checking out my newest post. It took a lot out of me explaining some of those things in my life.

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    1. This seems to be a title that’s flown under a lot of peoples radar, but it’s a very interesting read.

      I appreciated how open you were in your most recent post. I always find your posts engaging, but I could tell that this last one was very personal. Thank you for sharing your experiences with such candor.

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      1. Sure seems like it. The autobiographic nature is interesting since you don’t see it too much in graphic novels besides let’s say Persepolis or American Splendor.

        Thank you. I’m glad you see that in my posts and I got very personal. No problem. I’m still learning and going through a healing process.

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  3. Institutionalized religion can do a fair amount of damage on one’s mental health. Ick, I hope don’t get stoned for speaking so bluntly. Always interesting to see different viewpoints surely especially in the form of manga.

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