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1. Jehovah's Witnesses Answered Verse
2. The 10 Most Important Things You
3. Awakening of a Jehovah's Witness:
4. The Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses
5. Answering Jehovah's Witnesses:
6. Jehovah's Witnesses
7. Reasoning from the Scriptures
8. The Jehovah's Witnesses and the
9. 20 Questions Jehovah's Witnesses
10. How to Answer a Jehovah's Witness
11. Fast Facts® on Jehovah's Witnesses
12. Judging Jehovah's Witnesses: Religious
13. What You Need to Know About Jehovah's
14. Open Letter to a Jehovahs Witness-in
15. Jehovah's Witnesses (How to Respond
16. Jehovah's Witnesses: What You
17. Encyclopedia of Cults and New
18. Jehovah's Witnesses: A Comprehensive
19. I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales

1. Jehovah's Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse
by David A. Reed
Paperback: 144 Pages (1987-08-01)
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Asin: 0801077397
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This book provides information for responding to the Jehovah's Witness at your door. The tenets of the Witnesses are examined under the light of Scripture and approaches are suggested for engaging these zealous sectarians in dialogue with Christian truth. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars a collection of Jehovah's Witnesses favorite verses to misquote
I am not a fan of "how to witness" books; I believe that the main problem with this sort of guides is that the Scriptures are often used as a weapon to attack cultists, rather than as a tool to lead them to Jesus' salvation.
Witnessing is an important duty in every Christian's life, but I believe that the Bible should never be used to attack; if the Bible is used in such a way, its freeing power will lose its effect.
However, I think that reading books such as this one could be useful to gather as much information on cults as possible before witnessing.
This book is a collection ofBible verses commonly misquoted by Jehovah's Witnesses to prove their doctrines, followed by the same Scripture correctly interpreted in order to refute their erroneous teaching.
David A. Reed's strategy to lead the Witness to Christ includes:
1)showing them contradictory teachings published in old Watchtower's publications in order to help them realize that the Watchtower is not "God's channel of communication";
2)once the Witness starts to question the Watchtower's authority, reason verse-by-verse through the various arguments they previously believed to support their doctrine.
This book is designed to help you with the second point.
Personally, I am not convinced of this organized approach, as I believe that, if you ask Jesus in prayer, He will give you words and wisdom to answer Jehovah's Witnesses.

5-0 out of 5 stars JW's Refuted Verse-by-Verse
There are now millions of Jehovah's Witnesses who devote hundreds of millions of man-hours annually to spreading their false doctrines of Armageddon and their religious exclusivity. The Watchtower rejects the Trinity, Salavation by grace alone, and the deity of Christ. They have deleivered countless false prophecies and are agresssive in pushing their religious views.

Here David Reed provides a very useful book for anyone reaching out to the JW's. This is a necessary resource for people who witness to the JW's inasmuch as it gives the reader a verse-by-verse refutation of JW's claims.

This book is a quick reference guide that equips you to:

- Answer the JW's twisting of Bible verses
- Use the same verse to win the JW's to the true Jesus Christ
- Become confindent utilizing this handy and useful verse-by-verse reference.

This is a very important tool for those with family members in the JW's or those who desire to see JW's saved at their doorstep.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Jehovah's Witnesses Answered
This is a great book for those people who want to see what the Bible teaches compared to what the Jehovah's Witnesses teach.

4-0 out of 5 stars JW stump you?
This book is great to put verses into context that are twisted out of context by JW's.It is very informative and well researched by an ex-JW.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice work!Read this book for starters on the witnesses.
This is definitely a starter book for those that want to get into the subject.He doesn't go deep into it as much because of the tone of the volume.Unlike other Witness books, he holds back on the passion of his disdain for what the witnesses have done to those they hold back from knowing the truth.The Author stays on point and attempts to be as unbiased as possible, although it is sometimes impossible to do when dealing with this subject. ... Read more

2. The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Jehovah's Witness
by Ron Rhodes
Paperback: 128 Pages (2001-08-15)
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Asin: 0736905359
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Highlights false prophecies of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ leaders,errors in the New World Translation Bible, their unbiblical views.

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3-0 out of 5 stars pretty good introduction, but nothing new
This concise treatment of the Jehovah's Witnesses is basically a shorter version of Ron Rhodes' own "Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah's Witnesses", designed to equip Christians to defend the real Gospel from the Watchtower's unbiblical doctrine.
This little book addresses the ten most critical problems of the Jehovah's Witness cult and answers them with the truth found in the Holy Scriptures.
As every other book by Ron Rhodes, this little manual adheres to solid biblical doctrine and contains many questions designed to help the Witness realize the Watchtower Society does not speak for God.
The problem with this sort of guides is that far too often people use them as manuals of istructions on how to witness to cultists, neglecting the most important assets a Christian has to defend the Word of God from counterfeits: namely, prayer and the help of the Holy Spirit.
Overall, this is a good introduction about dialoguing with Jehovah's Witnesses but, if you have already read the "Reasoning from the Scriptures" book, you will not learn anything new from this one.

1-0 out of 5 stars WRONG
If people want to know more about the JW's, contact one and ask for a visit or bible study... they will explain everything and without twisting it like in this HORRIBLE and WRONG book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book to use with Jehovah Witness
This book helped me tramendously,to debate the Jehovah Witness that would visit me every weekend.The Jehovah Witness that visited me was a leader in the district I live in. The final debate was good I really won because of this book.GREAT!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful Overview of Witness Beliefs
This book is a helpful listing of many erroneous beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses.If you know someone in the early stages of involvement with Watchtower cult, this book may help you open their eyes.

As you can see from the JW "reviewers" of the book (which they haven't read because their cult won't let them read it - I know, I'm a former JW cultist turned Spirit-filled Christian), once your loved one is fully indoctrinated, no amount of fact or Biblical truths will sway that individual.

For example, one such "reviewer" mentions the 144,000 of the Bible, as if only 144,000 people are going to heaven.This is taught as "fact" by the Watchtower, yet there is no scripture anywhere, in any version of the Bible, that states that only 144,000 are going to heaven.This is an example of the Witnesses putting the words of imperfect men (the Watchtower Society) over the words of God.

Again, if you have a loved one who is beginning involvement in this cult, please buy this book and say the things in it before it is too late for that person.Literally, it is a matter of life and death.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've really enjoyed this book.
I'd never heard of Ron Rhodes before I bought this book, I love his writing style. He makes everything really easy to understand, and gives good insight into this religion. I don't know if I will be going out and witnessing to a Jehovah's Witness any time soon, simply because I have a horrible memory and couldn't remember any of the facts under pressure. But reading this shows the utter absurdity of their ideas. I.E.- How can anyone follow a religion that time and time again looks ridiculous in front of the whole world with their wacky end of the world predictions?.. (What part of "No man will know the day or the hour" don't you understand?) Oh, someone found a contridiction with our doctrine and the Bible?, we'll just change that darned old Bible again. If anybody told you, like the watchtower society says: "Our beliefs are the only true beliefs, and by the way, don't go questioning us or reading anything that we didn't write or we'll kick you out of the church into apostasy." Wouldn't that make you a little suspicious of their religion? Obviously not for them. It just goes to show, when you follow man's religion instead of the genuine, un-tampered-with word of God, you get lost. Because man is fallible, God isn't. ... Read more

3. Awakening of a Jehovah's Witness: Escape from the Watchtower Society
by Diane Wilson
Hardcover: 327 Pages (2002-04)
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Asin: 1573929425
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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What Diane Wilson reveals about the inner workings of the closed Watchtower Society will shock the average person who assumes the polite, well-dressed people who pass out leaflets are much like any other conservative religious group.Wilson contends that membership in the Jehovah's Witnesses demands obedience bordering on psychological enslavement and complete suppression of individuality--yet prohibits the questioning of the teachings of the Watchtower Society.

Her engrossing first-hand account will be of great interest to former Witnesses, students of cult phenomena, anyone who has ever experienced an abusive relationship, those who want to learn more about what compels people to enter this group, and all who have ever had contact with Jehovah's Witnesses. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars In the case of Jehovah's Witnesses, a Christian religion, there is nothing to escape from except yourself
The title of this book is remarkable. If one were in a religious commune, where there was strict rules on coming and going, as is the case in a religious cult, there might be something to escape from. In the case of Jehovah's Witnesses, the only thing to escape from is yourself. Jehovah's Witnesses are a loving community of Christians. If you were to escape from a Christian congregation in the first century, escape from being a follower of Jesus, or escape from association with the 12 Apostles, that would be the type of escape that Diane Wilson advocates in her ill-conceived book of misinformation.

Jesus said, "By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves." John 13:34,35. This is the case among Jehovah's Witnesses, there is a true and loving bond of love among God's people, among true Christians. The preaching work of Jehovah's Witnesses, rather than being burdensome, is joyful. Some who do not stay strong spiritually, might start to resent their participation in the preaching work, and some few Christians might be practicing sin on the sneak, and then they really do start to resent preaching, or being a part of Jehovah's Witnesses.

So, in books written against Jehovah's Witnesses, we might have to at times, realize, that there is self-interest and covering of one's own stained tracks sometimes, that the author might not so readily disclose, but that those who are aware of all the facts might know.

Sociologist Rodney Stark give a balanced and accurate view of the community of Jehovah's Witnesses, where he said,

"Jehovah's Witnesses are expected to conform to rather strict standards, [but] enforcement tends to be very informal, sustained by the close bonds of friendship within the group. That is, while Witness elders can impose rather severe sanctions (such as expulsion and shunning) on deviant members, they seldom need to do so -- and when they do, the reasons for their actions will be widely-known and understood within the group. Moreover, even if leaders are not always very democratic, the path to leadership is. As a result, Witnesses tend to see themselves as part of the power structure, rather than subjected to it. It is this, not 'blind fanaticism' (as is so often claimed by outsiders and defectors), that is the real basis of authority among Witnesses." (Journal of Contemporary Religion)


What Americans Really Believe

5-0 out of 5 stars More than it appears to be, in my opinion
This book, given its story, could hardly be an objective recounting of Ms. Wilson's life.First I would say, having experienced life as one of Jehovah's Witnesses firsthand, that her congregation was extremely unusual--much of the behavior she witnessed or was subjected to would be bizarre to a lot of Jehovah's Witnesses.Which would make those loyal to 'the organization' tend to doubt its legitimacy, of course.

Given her experiences, however, one quickly notices that this is more than merely someone who was mistreated by 'some in the congregation' and became 'bitter' as a result.Life and death issues were on the line for her and her family, and she was bound by the dictates of the Watchtower Society to make choices that she otherwise would never have faced--choices that had no scriptural backing, hence why the Governing Body eventually changed the rules in many ways.Of course, the fact that these unscriptural rules existed to begin with calls into question any claims the Governing Body has to being 'God's channel of communication'.Why?Because the Bible could be used to justify virtually any rule or any speculation about when the end of this 'system of things' might happen.But that's another story altogether, though it is one that is discussed in Wilson's book.

Anyone who bothers to check the references made in this book will determine for themselves that either Wilson is lying or she is telling the truth.By evaluating the Watchtower Society's own publications, one can see for themselves whether or not Jehovah's Witnesses can claim to be superior to all other religious organizations or that their leadership is specially chosen by God.As someone who loved the doctrines I believed to be true, I found myself experiencing similarly heartbreaking realities upon seriously examining statements made in Watchtower literature, which, like the pieces of a large puzzle, can only be seen clearly when put together.The full picture proves troubling, and the more one examines it, the more time passes, the more obvious it becomes that human speculation, manipulation, and error are being espoused as God's truth.Even if you happen to believe this religion is the truth, anyone would be forced to acknowledge the significant amount of human error that has crept into the organization, not from the bottom up, but from the top down, where all the doctrines originate.Of course, it is up to each individual to face that possibility or to refuse to consider an alternative point of view.Regardless, we all bear a responsibility for what we choose to believe.Since that is the case, it is wise to use the minds we were given to evaluate and even critically examine our respective belief systems.

Although this is--understandably--an emotionally charged story Ms. Wilson tells, she makes some very insightful points and certainly brings to one's attention some different perspectives and research data from Watchtower literature.Reading Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz would be another recommended source of research and firsthand experience.

Having experienced the harsh treatment that can come from conscientiously leaving this religion, I can understand why her tone seems less than objective.But I nonetheless say this is worth reading; I also say that it is wise to consider a wide variety of the experiences of Jehovah's Witnesses before drawing a thorough conclusion about them.In my experience, they are generally decent, honest, well-meaning people trying to serve God, but largely unaware of anything beyond the organization in terms of religious issues.Unfortunately, along with their morality, an unquestioning belief in a small group of humans as a channel for God's words has been injected into their psyche.This alone seems to be the cause for otherwise kind, loving people mistreating their fellowman from time to time.In short, as long as you agree with the Society, you're okay.If you disagree, you're nothing to them anymore.

If you read this book, also read other books on this subject.If you are one of Jehovah's Witnesses, well, you know the rules say you shouldn't be reading this book.But if you're disobeying said rules, check her sources when she quotes the Watchtower.Verify, verify, verify.That's the best thing you can do.Truth is verifiable, falsehood is not.You have nothing to fear from investigating truth or subjecting it to criticism.This work does just that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Sincere. Well Written.
It is almost surprising to see readers that claim to be Jehovah's Witnesses reviewing this book because reading so is strictly forbidden. It can weaken them. If they are here writing a review and giving it one star it is because they already feel something tells them the religion they are in has something wrong in it. Those who have left other religions and joined the Jehovah's Witnesses were lured because of the circumstances in their lives and not due to genuine reasons. As Diane Wilson states in her book, many Jehovah's Witnesses became so because at the point of conversion they were vulnerable and this religion seemed to be the only hope. Unfortunately, once a person is too involved it is extremely hard to leave.-----I became a Jehovah's Witness at the age of five when a woman named Gina knocked on our door back in the late 80's when my mother was most vulnerable due to my cheating father. I can say that at that point on, my life was put on hold and I was forcefully and painfully dragged to perform the endless tasks that this organized cult dictates its members to do. I was always in the Hispanic congregations, and even with the existing cultural differences I experienced the same things Wilson experienced. ----I'm now 27 but endured the injustices, hatred, and control that the JW's place on the followers for 20 years. Wilson's account couldn't be more accurate.Reading the book from cover to cover in two days left me a little more nearsighted, but I actually felt as if I was there with Wilson at every meeting and convention. All these accounts were dead-on:
- How "sisters and brothers" go through the preaching duties fighting over which and whose house they will inherit in their territory once this system of things passes.
-People placing rows and rows of literature on the seats to reserve them for family members that don't even show up, while mothers with young children are exposed to the dehydrating sun during convention days.
- The fear of Demons and the obsession of sex.
- The heartlessness of the elders. The vicious backstabbing going on to obtain an elder position.
- The guilt imposed regarding the preaching duties saying it's voluntary when this is overtly not so.
- The guilt towards pursuing higher education.
- Children forced to sit through hours of repetitive non-sense,

Simply, every page was filled with facts I can relate to. This was the only life I knew before I left a few years ago and I have seen it all and heard it all. I never felt the warmth in this religion. I never felt part of it. I do not think it's the truth and the only reason people stay in it is because that's all they know and venturing out and living in this world's reality is just too overwhelming. The Jehovah's Witnesses provide the answers to everything, even if far-fetched, unrealistic, and fictitious, and hence that's comforting to those who are otherwise lost. My father became a devout JW when he went into financial ruin.

I finally had to leave and as Wilson did, I no longer wanted to give such a cult the power to inflict more pain on me by disfellowship. It is too unimportant for me now. My wounds are still healing, but this book has helped me find the real basis for my decision to leave.

Those who consider to join this religion would be be better off as Atheists. The god of the Jehovah's Witnesses is merciless and as Wilson puts it, is always in constant battle with his own son Jesus for attention.

All in all, this book isn't a victim's book but it is the account of the members who lose it all and give it all to end up in a life of suffering and disillusionment. A great read with supportive facts, accounts,and research. My best wishes to Wilson and to those who are having a hard time leaving. It can be done.

1-0 out of 5 stars Truth
First in reguard to the writing style of the author, it is overly dramatic in the extreme with the obvious intent of eliciting strong emotion from the reader. It only succeeds in revealing that the author is trying to manlipulate the readers feelings and prejudice them against Jehovah's Witness's, instead of giving a true account of her experience.
As for the Watchtower Society being a "cult like" organization, this is a common misconception that is perpetuated by those who are in opposition to the society. I have been one of Jehovah's Wittness's for the last 15 years. I can tell you truthfully that the society is not a "cult like" organization in any way. No wittness is forced to do anything. All witness's are encourged to examine the bible for themselves to find the truth. And to those who will say "well you only use that Jehovah witness bible", thereby inferring that the New World translation is slanted towards our religion, I dare say that they have never even opened one. The New World translation is an excellent english translation, but it is not the only one out there. My husband and I have over TWENTY different translations of the bible that we use in personal study. This is common for witness's, because they have a real thirst for knowledge that comes from GOD's word. As for our work in the door to door ministry, we are following Jesus's directive at Matthew 28:19 to "go therefor and make disciples of people of all the nations". We are spreading GOD's word, and giving a witness to all the people of the world, just as Jesus did. No one is coerced. Also you might notice that the Watchtower society does not build massive EXPENSIVE places of worship like so many do, because all VOLUNTARY donations are used to build modest kingdom halls and print bibles and bible based literature which is given out for FREE. All donations are voluntary and anonymous, no plate is passed at meetings.
I will wrap this up by saying that in my opinion the author has an ulterior motive in writting this book, and that would be money, plain and simple. Not suprising since the bible tells us at 1st Timothy 6:10 "for the love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things". One other thing, I was not groomed to be a victim. I have kind loving parents,(who are not Jehovah's witness's by the way), and I have studied many different religions including Baptist, Christian, Presbyterian, Catholic and others. Based on my extensive study and my bible knowledge I am certain that as one of Jehovah's witness's I have found the true faith that Jesus taught. (Yes witness's do believe in Jesus as the only means of salvation. He is the firstborn son of Jehovah god). I am a strong

1-0 out of 5 stars this book is nonsense
I would like to invite the author of this outrageous book to read Unbroken Will, the biography of the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust-yes, one of Jehovah's Witnesses, whom I am so proud to call my brother.I plan to read the book by Max Liebster, a Jew by birth, who became a Witness while in a concentration camp.These men had a real reason for their undaunting faith in the one true God, Jehovah and the one He sent forth, His son, Jesus.

I have been a witness for 35 years.Even though I had unrelentless ridicule from my entire family all these years,I would never go back on my decision to follow Christ, who said we would be persecuted by our families( Matthew 10:32-39)

I was a very new Catholic at the time, having coverted only a few years before.When I began studying I used my husband's Catholic Bible and THE NEW CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA to verify what I was learning. What I learned for the first time in my life was the truth-no trinity-no immortal soul-no hellfire, just everlasting life on earth.

Ifeel sorry very sorry, for anyone who believes this woman's assessment of the Christian congregation.Jesus said that the one who endures to the end is the one who will be saved and John wrote that those doing the will of God will remain forever-no mention of a religious group in either case.And that is what my brothers and sisters and I believe.No one is guaranteed salvation from belonging to a group.We gather together for one purpose only-to witness to the truth written in the scriptures,motivated by love of God, the truth and our fellow human beings.

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4. The Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses (The Facts On Series)
by John Ankerberg, John Weldon, Dillon Burroughs
Paperback: 96 Pages (2008-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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John Ankerberg, John Weldon, and Dillon Burroughs team up to revise and update The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses, part of the popular Facts On Series (more than 1.9 million copies of books from this series sold). Known for their extensive research and Bible knowledge, these authors offer readers the essential facts they need to evaluate and discuss today’s issues regarding the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a religious organization, and the Watchtower Society. The concise, easy–to–follow information helps readers answer such questions as:

  • What is the Watchtower Society and what power does it hold?
  • Is the Watchtower Society’s translation of the Bible accurate?
  • Is the Society’s teaching on salvation biblical?

Whether the reader is merely curious or searching for specific information, The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses will give them what they are looking for—easy–to–understand, factual, and relevant information about this group.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
The book is a short review of what the JW's believe and how someone could help them.

3-0 out of 5 stars Does the Watchtower know....
To the many Witnesses on this site I want to ask: Does the Watchtower know that you are surfing the web? You are not allowed to read anything but approved Watchtower literature. What are you doing on Amazon looking at "Satanic" books?

This is meant as a criticism of the Witnesses, not the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great read
I've found this book to be very helpful in my study of the Watchtower organization. A great read for those who are may have encountered a Jehovah's Witness for the first time or are unfaimliar with the religion, as it offers a brief history of the organization,and analyzes many of their doctrines. As you may have noticed, all the negative reveiws of this book offer no real supporting evidence for their claims of the book being "distorted, inaccurate regurgitations of half truths". I DID go to the JW"s for the "facts", and almost became a member of a local congregation. Praise the Lord Jesus for keeping from making the biggest mistake of my life. This book is a welcome addition to any Christian's library.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just a thought........
I just wanted to ask the "Jehovah's Witnesses" who made commments on this website, if the "Elders" (or head church members -for those people who do not know the term) knew that they had read this book.From what I know as a former Jehovah's Witness, a true Jehovah's Witness cannot read books like this one because the group considers this type of book as "apostate material" that is unfit for a true Christian to read.Any Jehovah's Witness that did read the book is actually going against the church and could be severely punished for doing so.

My point is, do not make any judgements on this book without actually reading it first and try to look at it with an 'unbaised' attitude.If a person cannot seperate their strong feelings one way or the other toward the group, I do not believe they are able to give a 'unbiased' opinion on how beneficial or non-beneficial this book really is.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful book
I was amazed at how John Ankerberg compiled a list of what well-known and respected Greek scholars had to say after reviewing The New World Translation.Christian and non-Christian scholars alike said it was full of mistranslations.It will break your heart to read how this organization has lied and deceived so many sincere people. ... Read more

5. Answering Jehovah's Witnesses: Subject by Subject
by David A. Reed
Paperback: 256 Pages (1996-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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These brief articles, organized according to subject, help readers quickly understand the basics of the history, changing doctrinal stances, and distinctive ideas of the Jehovah's Witnesses. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars excellent critical insight in the Watchtower's teachings
First of all, I would like to say that, while many people may assume that this book contains pretty much the same material of "Jehovah's Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse" by the same author, just arranged subject by subject rather than verse by verse, it is in fact a very different work.
While the "Verse by Verse" book is little more than organized Bible-bashing, "Subject by Subject" is an alphabetically arranged guide that provides insight in the Watchtower Society's teachings, history and beliefs.
In this book, Mr. Reed analyzes in detail all the major doctrines taught by the Watchtower Society, comments them and provides sensible scriptural answers.
Before trying to share your faith with a Jehovah's Witness, you need to get acquainted with what he or she believes, and this book may just be what you need.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Start
This was very helpful, except for the fact that you cannot share the book with a Jehovah's Witness.My memory not being what it used to be, I'm having to write everything down, practically rewriting the book!I can't wait to read David Reed's other book, Answering Jehovah's Witnesses Verse by Verse.Having lost good friends to the Jehovah's Witnesses, who considered me "from Satan" when I tried to witness about the Trinity (bad place to start!), I feel compelled to do all I can to help the JW's see the error of their teachings and the freedom we enjoy in Christ.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for new persons dealing with JW doctrine but not for...
This book is good if you are new to JW doctrine and have family members and persons you wish to discuss matters with.However, for Ex-JW's or persons trying to help a loved one to see the error of man made doctrine, it is not very useful.

Most subjects do not receive more than 2 pages of information, with some, such as the Deity of Christ or Michael the Archangel, only receive about 3 pages of scriptural proof and poor explanation. In some cases the author lists scriptures you could use but adds no intelligent explanation to them.

Quite frankly it is easily more beneficial to choose a single subject and research it online as you will get the same information in David Reed's book but with much needed detail.

It seems that the author uses basic and common scriptures to refute JW doctrine and simply adds additional and general logic to his explanation. Again, you can easily get this from online sources a long with in depth discussion on lesser known scriptures that drive the point home.

The content of the book includes a wide variety of subjects which is useful for those who are new to the JW doctrinal structure, but for those with deeper knowledge, this book is useless because the content is weak and I don't believe that by using this book you would give enough biblical evidence on any given subject to completely dispel the JW theology from a loved one or to enlightened a seasons ex-JW.If you read through the Pauline letters, there are dozens of scriptures that point to the Deity of Christ yet these are missing from the book and for that I won't recommend this as an authoritative source for discussing theology with a JW. This is a light read and only useful to those new to JW circles.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Buy!
I would suggest this author to everyone.He is very thorough and informative.He knows this Cult.I decided to read the book straight through and I am glad I did.This is not just a quick referance tool, it is a must read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have," along with JW's Answered Verse By Verse
Jehovah's Witnesses are forbidden by Watch Tower leadership from reading books by former members, such as this one, so their commentary on this book is deceitful at best, though they justify their lies as "Theocratic Warfare."

Jehovah's Witnesses are experts at using "hand-waving" arguments, by stating that ex-members must be "bitter," and therefore, you should ignore whatever they have to say. That's just an attempt to quarantine.

Jehovah's Witnesses have mastered the fine art of manipulation through shunning. Of course, the Jehovah's Witnesses notice many things that seem odd, even unbiblical, but with (seemingly) no other option, the JW remains comfortable until the axe of the WTS swings their way, and then, low and behold, the outrage and indigation, oh my! Great, well where was your high and mighty conscience "years ago" while you sat comfortably in apostasy? Only now when the strong hand of the WTS comes down on old #1, do matters of right and wrong become so clear.

This book is an inoculation against the Watch Tower. Ex-JW, David A. Reed is a HERO, and gave me an inside look to how the Watch Tower has doctrinally programmed its followers. It is a basic essential, along with JW's Answered Verse by Verse. I highly recommend both. ... Read more

6. Jehovah's Witnesses
by Robert M. Bowman Jr.
Paperback: 96 Pages (1995-05-11)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Precise information
As a Christian apologist, with a ministry to Jehovah's Witnesses, I found this publication excellent value and very precise. I was intrigued by the fact that those who have run down and attempted to detract from this publication haven't given any reasons or evidence for their positions. Telling that!!!
It is a good publication for references and helping to understand the Watchtower Society mindset. John Bowman is an excellent author.

1-0 out of 5 stars Fallin' Ex - Jehovah's Witness
Again, another angry, bitter apsotate.
Oh well... all I can say is PBS is having a documentary out in the Fall called, "Knocking" and it is done by a son of a Jehovah's Witness and he is not a Witness but wanted to portray what his Mom goes through in life and what the Jehovah's Witnesses have accomplished through out history. It is an unbiased look at the religion.

Look out for it coming this Fall...

1-0 out of 5 stars More lies than you could imagine!
This guy is just a vindictive parasite, cashing in on people's curiosity and filling their heads with outright fallacies.

If people want to know the truth about ANYTHING, the only way to learn about it is by going to the source. This guy has evidently not spoken to real life Witnesses. Ever. What he says is based upon hearsay, apostate testimony, mass media lies and his own inventions.

You could walk down the street and convince people that Hitler was a hero and a philanthropist more successfully than you would trying to tell them this book had any relevance to the subject of its title.

This heretic tome is to be avoided by anyone looking for true information. If you are after sensationalist lies and clap-trap, feel free to fill your own head with crap like this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to the Jehovah's Witnesses
In my humble opinion, Bowman has written an excellent introduction to the Jehovah's Witnesses and how their teachings contradict the Holy Bible.

The booklet's contents are as follows:

1.Introduction to the Witnesses (history, membership, publishing empire).
2.Theology - what the Witnesses believe about the Trinity, Jesus Christ, God, Death and Hell, Resurrection, Salvation, and Christ's Return and how these beliefs contradict true Christianity.
3.How to witness to the Witnesses.
4.Bibliography for studying more on the group.
5.Comparison of the Witnesses' statements on various topics and what the Bible says about the topic.

All in all, an excellent guide for understanding more about a fast-growing group and how to address them in spiritual matters.


4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful introduction
Jehovah's Witnesses has a sometimes strange way of interpreting the Bible, and it may be hard at times to understand why they believe what they believe. Robert Bowman provides a guide to the theology of the Witnesses. He also cites some of the reasons they give for their distinct beliefs, and then he refutes the arguments and gives reasons for interpreting the Bible in an evangelical way.

Bowman discusses the Witnesses views on (I) authority, (II) the Trinity and Christ, (III), death and hell, (IV) resurrection, (V) salvation, and (VI) Christ's return. In all these areas Bowman shows how the Witnesses misinterpret the Scriptures and gives verses that contradict Jehovah's Witnesses views.

One of the best things with this book is that Bowman, unlike some other authors who write about Jehovah's Witnesses, always is matter-of-factly with a respectful tone. Bowman seems to have heeded his own advice on how to witness to a Jehovah's Witness. Know your Bible, be courteous and respectful, and remember that the person you're dealing with is - although he is indoctrinated - still a person. Might seem obvious, but we often fail in some regard.

My main problem with the book is that it is very concise. It's not a book to read cover to cover, although it's quite short. After a section on, say the Trinity and Christ, I would like to reflect and think about what my beliefs really mean. In a short book like this, one seldom gets that sort of discussion but is instead thrown into the next topic. I also miss some bible verses that more clearly would show what the Bible teaches at times (e.g. John 10:17 would counter the argument that Jesus could not rise bodily since that would mean taking back the ransom he paid). These are minor concerns, however, and mostly due to the shortness of the book.

[One word of warning: there seem to be some minor geographical differences in the teaching of the Witnesses (e.g. what I've heard about the teaching on the "soul" here in Sweden is not what Bowman writes), so be sure to let the Witnesses interpret their own faith.]

All in all, Bowman does a great job in introducing the theology of the Witnesses, and showing how one can interact with them. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to engage in fruitful conversation with a Jehovah's Witness about the Christian faith. ... Read more

7. Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's Witnesses
by Ron Rhodes
Paperback: 464 Pages (2009-07-01)
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Christians have great news to offer Jehovah’s Witnesses. In this revised and updated version of the top–selling Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah’s Witnesses (more than 90,000 copies sold), author and Bible expert Ron Rhodes helps readers delve into the Bible and use practical tools to share God’s truths with those who come calling.

  • Convenient side–by–side comparisons of the New World Translation and the Bible, along with answers to each doctrinal error espoused by the Witnesses
  • Point–by–point lists of the favorite tactics and arguments used by the Witnesses—along with effective, biblical responses to each
  • Questions you can ask to challenge the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ confidence in the Watchtower Society

With easy–to–understand helps, concise information, direct comparisons of beliefs, and a compassionate presentation, this resource from Ron Rhodes is ideal for personal and church libraries and for any reader who wants to confidently share the gospel.

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4-0 out of 5 stars good refutation of the Watchtower's unbiblical doctrines
I am not very fond of "how to witness" books, as I believe that the Christian's most powerful weapon when waging spiritual warfare against the cults is the power of the Holy Spirit.
Having said that, it is probably a good idea to gather as much information as possible on the cult you are witnessing to. This is where this book will come in handy.
I have read most of the books authored by Ron Rhodes, and I reckon that this is the best one hands down.
The concept of the book is very simple: it extensively explains all the major doctrines of the Watchtower Society, and refuses them using God's Word.
Every chapter also contains many thought-provoking, impossible-to-answer questions that should help Jehovah's Witnesses to realize that the Watchtower Society does not speak for God.
Another highlight of the book is a thorough list of the favorite tactics used by the Witnesses to proselytize, along with effective biblical responses.
Although this book was originally published in 1993, it is still very accurate and up to date, as in the last two decades there where no major changes in the Watchtower doctrine.
I have been witnessing to the Witnesses for quite a few years now and, having used many of the questions presented in this book, I can testify that they are still highly effective.
I recommend this book to anybody involved in witnessing to cultists. If you want to further increase your knowledge on the field of cult evangelizing, I also recommend "How to rescue your loved one from the Watchtower" by David A. Reed and the excellent "Approaching Jehovah's Witnesses in love" by Wilbur Lingle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's Witnesses
This is a must read book for everyone. Since the Jehovah's Witnesses come to everyone's door we should all know the answers to give them.This book does just that.It covers everything from what the correct meaning of the Greek words mean to the false prophecy they have done, to controversial issues, blood transfusions, birthdays and wearing Crosses.It is a very interesting read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Finding Jesus

Jehovah's Witnesses don't need this book to "find" Jesus, as one reviewer stated.We already know VERY WELL who Jesus is. -- Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." -- We believe this quite literally. Jesus is THE ONLY APPROACH TO HIS FATHER. -- To me, those who say that Jesus is God are denying who Jesus really was.....GODS OBEDIENT SON. When they deny that, they deny the true significance of his sacrifice! -- Very sad.


5-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book! I highly recommend it!
Very easy read, excellent information. Helps you know how to answer the false arguments presented by Jehovah's Witnesses. If you ever come in contact with JW's (and most of us do!) you need to get this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very thorough examination/repudiation of JW beliefs
David Reed's books are much easier to read and understand,and possibly more suited for those who want to engage in the typical quick bible text-boxing encounter. Ron Rhodes' book, however, is much more detailed.

The level of detail is the book's greatest strength and it's greatest weakness. It gives a very thorough presentation of the Watchtower's doctrine and then it presents it to the Biblical doctrine using universally accepted exegetical priniciples.The problem is that there is no way that an average person could memorize all the material presented here on even just one of the subjects.A JW will immediately end their "bible study" with you if you have this book on the table as they view it as the work of an "apostate" and they are prohibited from any exposure to such material.Given that fact, you'll have to create your own "clif's notes" on a sheet of paper of the more salient material.

In short, it's very thorough, but I wish they'd made a cheat-sheet edition! ... Read more

8. The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Nazis: Persecution, Deportation, and Murder, 1933-1945
by Michel Reynaud
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3-0 out of 5 stars "Jehovah's Witnesses" or Bible students?
It is important that people realize the many groups that suffered during that time.This is why the following is so important:

The Jehovah's Witnesses in the U.S. changed their name in 1931. However, in Germany those Bible students affiliated with the Watchtower Society officially changed their in the 1950s. In the early 1920s there were around six thousand in Germany (and perhaps Switzerland) cooperating outside the IBSA (WT), which was typical in a few other populous countries in Europe, such as England. By the time Hitler grabbed power, the number was probably significantly larger. Two ecclesias in what was later East Germany had each reached 400 (one was Leipzig).

There were no distinctions between the TWO GROUPS of Bible Students. Thus the two groups were known as simply "Bible Students." During the Hitler Era, Bible Students and Jehovah's Witnesses were both lumped together as "Bibelforscher" in Bergen-Belsen and other concentration camps. At Auschwitz they were identified by wearing a violet patch. I don't know after World War II how many were in East Germany, but there had at one time been 400 in Leipzig. (For a few years they were able to publish 'Weinberg.')

The Bible Students were persecuted because of their pro-Israel stand, the Jehovah's Witnesses for their anti-Hitler stand. Both groups wore the Purple Triangle. In fact at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, some of the "Jehovah's Witnesses" pictured are actually Bible Students, NOT affiliated with the Watchtower.

Today there remain a number of Bible Students who are descendants of those WWII Bible students, who are not affiliated with the Watchtower in any way. In other words, not all Bible students became "Jehovah's Witnesses". And a number of those individuals suffered or died in the concentration camps too.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Nazis: Persecution, Deportation and Murder, 1933-1945
It is rewarding to read a book that has attempted to present the facts as accurately as possible, free from personal interpretation of events that they are not personally familiar with. I have read various accounts of the experiences of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Holocaust, as well as, in other lands. More often than not, the author has a personal opinion which obscures the reality. I appreciate the authors' attempt to put this book into the words of the victims. ... Read more

9. 20 Questions Jehovah's Witnesses Cannot Answer
by Charles Love
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1-0 out of 5 stars They Can Answer
I asked a few of these questions when they came to my door. and.. they answered them.. :I

5-0 out of 5 stars Riddle Me This...
I think these conversations are interesting.I sense a lot of bitterness and question where "Truth" protrudes.1st of all you have these books written for a specific group of people to discredit their beliefs by some man, yet you criticize The Group for publishing material written by some men.At the very least you would have to be honest and say what you are doing is hypocritical (You are doing the same thing you hate them for). "Never argue with fools because from distance you can't tell who is who!"2ndThe very fact that you feel this is the platform for you to educate people on lies about the Bible makes me question, "WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT AT YOUR CHURCH?" Your people cannot be learning anything there because they wouldn't need your book to tell them about JW's.They should already know the truth and where to go to direct someone FROM THE BIBLE who is off course.3rd I question your motives.Aquilla and Priscila did not go about correcting Apollos like this.They did so out of LOVE.This Book is NOT motivated in Love. JW's are not ENTIRELY wrong.Just like Apollos was not ENTIRELY wrong.So I ask you GREAT CHRISTIAN!ARE YOU TRYING TO GAIN A BROTHER? OR JEHOVAH GAVE YOU THE RESPONSIBILITY TO KILL/ CONDEMN BEFORE THE APPOINTED TIME?JESUS DIDN'T EVEN DO THIS TO THE DEMONS WHEN ON EARTH!YOU ARE EXPOSING YOURSELF AND STRENGTHENING REAL TRUTH SEEKERS FAITH!

The problem is all the division that people like you keep making.You and I both know where that originates from.We both believe the Bible is the Word of Jehovah. (Or do we?) Because if you and I do, then you and I are TRUTH seekers.I can not fault you for that nor can you fault me.We even know where the TRUTH is stored (The Bible).Look at how many things we have in common already.But here's where we go astray...

Riddle Me This...
If I gave you the Autobiography of Malcolm X to read. And if the version that I gave you totally removed Malcolm X's name from the entire book...And then I started distributing these books wide spread. What Would You Say?How would that effect his story?Would that show any honor to the person in which the book is written about?What would happen?I tell you one thing that would happen... The Nation of Islam would be marching up to congress... People would be complaining to Obama, and I would at the least get sued.
How is it that you are OK with Jehovah's name being removed from the Bible Over 6500 times.According to the NEW CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA this is the most used name in the ENTIRE Bible.Now for you truth seekers this should strike a chord with you.And this is what I don't get for you Trinity believers...If God Is indeed a Trinity...How do you except that fact that One of your Godhead name's has been removed from your Bible over 6000 times?The most out of all the Godheads.I would think that would be unacceptable if anyone's name is removed from the Bible ESPECIALLY ONE OF THE GODHEAD'S. AGAIN ARE YOU REALLY A TRUTH SEEKER OR ARE YOU HERE TO TEAR DOWN??


The Blessed Trinity

This article is divided as follows:

* Dogma of the Trinity
* Proof of the doctrine from Scripture
* Proof of the doctrine from Tradition
* The Trinity as a mystery
* The doctrine as interpreted in Greek theology
* The doctrine as interpreted in Latin theology

The dogma of the Trinity

The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion -- the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from another.

Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed: "the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God." In this Trinity of Persons the Son is begotten of the Father by an eternal generation, and the Holy Spirit proceeds by an eternal procession from the Father and the Son. Yet, notwithstanding this difference as to origin, the Persons are co-eternal and co-equal: all alike are uncreated and omnipotent. This, the Church teaches, is the revelation regarding God's nature which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came upon earth to deliver to the world: and which she proposes to man as the foundation of her whole dogmatic system.

(This is the 1st point of Controversy)
That the Son even as regards His Divine Nature is inferior and not equal to the Father;
(This is the Argument of Celsus Against the Trinity)
And Origen (Against Celsus VIII.15) says: "We declare that the Son is not mightier than the Father, but inferior to Him. And this belief we ground on the saying of Jesus Himself: "The Father who sent me is greater than I."
(Here is The Catholic Rebuttal)
Now in regard to these passages it must be borne in mind that there are two ways of considering the Trinity. We may view the Three Persons insofar as they are equally possessed of the Divine Nature or we may consider the Son and the Spirit as deriving from the Father, Who is the sole source of Godhead, and from Whom They receive all They have and are.

(Two ways of considering the Trinity...When is there two ways to view the Truth?) I thought Truths are absolute and lies have variations.And good sense tells me the latter explanation does NOT make the 3 equal to each other.

The Vatican Council has explained the meaning to be attributed to the term mystery in theology. It lays down that a mystery is a truth which we are not merely incapable of discovering apart from Divine Revelation, but which, even when revealed, remains "hidden by the veil of faith and enveloped, so to speak, by a kind of darkness" (Constitution, "De fide. cath.", iv). In other words, our understanding of it remains only partial, even after we have accepted it as part of the Divine message. The Vatican Council further defined that the Christian Faith contains mysteries strictly so called (can. 4). All theologians admit that the doctrine of the Trinity is of the number of these. Indeed, of all revealed truths this is the most impenetrable to reason. St. Jerome says, in a well-known phrase: "The true profession of the mystery of the Trinity is to own that we do not comprehend it"



5-0 out of 5 stars Jehovah Witnesses Exposed.
This book is a book of Love written by Love. It is two dynamic stories in one book. First it is a journey of a man who wanted nothing more than to prove his religion right. But as he compared the Jehovah 's Witnesses doctrine with the Word of God, the Witnesses doctrine crumbled before his eyes. You will feel his pain as he discovered he was living in darkness, and you will rejoice in the Lord as you see him come to know Jesus. The second dynamic story is the powerful message of 20 questions that Jehovah's Witnesses cannot annswer. These are 20 questions that should lead every honest seeker of truth to see the error of the Watchtower Society while being directed to the life-saving truth of Jesus Christ.Be careful. Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well done!
I like the simplicity and hard-hitting style of this book.Doesn't have a lot of fluff like some Christian books, sticks to the subject.Bravo!

1-0 out of 5 stars You guys are all dumb
You know what's funny, you guys write all this about JW's and talk alot of crap about how they know nothing, and they are all wrong. So why don't we write a book about the born agains, catholics, jews, muslims, everything huh. Everyone has their own beliefs, and iif you don't believe anything that the JW's say, then why get your panties in a bunch. It's funny cause you guys are writing books about them and you all seem to care so much about them, but since you all hate them and think they're wrong, then why don't you not talk a bout em or just get a life. That works. GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!! Writing 5 paragraph reviews on Amazon. Wow. ... Read more

10. How to Answer a Jehovah's Witness
by Robert A. Morey
Paperback: 3 Pages (1980-06)
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Were you at a loss when they began their pitch? Did you find yourself without answers to their probing questions? You are not alone. Many thousands feel the same awkwardness when confronted by these zealous door-to-door salesmen.

But take heart you hold in your hand a book of effective answers!

You can successfully combat their basic ideas without mastering all their theology!

This little book has actual photostatic copies of "official" Watchtower prophecies which have never come to pass. Show them to the cultists. Prove to them, from their own writings, that their organization is, in effect, a "false prophet." In short: TAKE THE OFFENSIVE!

The book has three basic sections:

A simple explanation of how to use it the next time a "Witness" appears at your front door.

Solid proofs from their own literature that their system is false.

Irrefutable proof from Bible translations acceptable to them that the Jehovah they claim to serve is identical to Jesus Christ, the God-man.

This is a one-of-a-kind handbook on "home-defense." Buy it. Use it. And watch it work for you.

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5-0 out of 5 stars How to Answer a "Jehovah's Witness"
In the world of cult religion, this is a great primer on understanding the Jehovah's Witness religion the next time that two of them show up at your door and announce that
the end of the world is coming next week...or is it next year?

5-0 out of 5 stars A noose with which a JW can hang himself.
This book is one of the best of its kind to reveal how previous Watchtower publications are actually the Witnesses' worst enemies; in predicting Armaggedon or the end of the world with none of these prophecies coming to pass.
Contains pages of JW articles revealing predictions that never happened.

This book is sure to shatter a JW's foundation.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not very informative
I have read many books on the JW's.This one seems short and thrown together.It would be a good starter book for someone interested in the subject.I need a little more meat personally.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Info can be checked if you doubt
I have read this and two other books on the subject and I would suggest this to be read first then David Reed's books "How to Answer Jehovah's Witnesses Verse by Verse" and "How to Answer Jehovah's Witnesses Subject by Subject". I have bought the 1968 Watchtower bound volume, 1972 Awake bound volume, 1975 Jehovah's Witness Yearbook and more just to verify for myself some of the pages listed in this book and they are exact reproductions without any editing. David A. Reed's internet site comments to the friends is also a good site for more information.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for what it is intended to do
THis book proves that the watchtower is a false prophet and proves the diety of Christ.Very compelling evidence which includes actual copies of the Watchtower.I am new to learning how to answer a JW and was looking for more of an introduction to disputing a JW but this book does not advertise that.
I recommend this book as part of your learning experience in answering/debating a Jehovah's Witness. ... Read more

11. Fast Facts® on Jehovah's Witnesses
by John Ankerberg, John Weldon
Paperback: 192 Pages (2003-03-01)
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From blood transfusions to salvation by works, John Ankerberg and JohnWeldon expose the unorthodox doctrines that put Jehovah’s Witnesses at riskphysically and spiritually. With its easy–to–follow, question–and–answerformat, this book allows readers to quickly discover—

  • who founded Jehovah’s Witnesses and why
  • why medical care essential to life is refused
  • why few Jehovah’s Witnesses look forward to eternal life in God’s presence
  • how many Jehovah’s Witnesses prophecies have failed—and why
  • how Jehovah’s Witnesses view and interpret God’s Word

Whether looking for specific teachings or an overallunderstanding of Jehovah’s Witness beliefs and practices, readers will findthis guide delivers the information in a concise, practical manner.

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2-0 out of 5 stars 2 and 1/2 stars really...
i'm not jw. the info here's solid and in agreement with other guides. the overall presentation's winded,confusing and irritating.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great study tool
A great read for those new to the Jehovah's Witnesses and their governing body, the Watchtower. The book examines the Watchtower's flawed history, doctrines, and New World Translation.It also gives useful tips and verses to use when talking with a Witness. Not reccomended if you already own Mr.Ankerburg's "Facts On" book, because much of the same information is presented here. However this book is more current, and has a little more info than the "Facts On" book. I use this book for study quite often, and anyone wanting to know more about the JW's will not be dissapointed. ... Read more

12. Judging Jehovah's Witnesses: Religious Persecution and the Dawn of the
by Shawn Francis Peters
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Winner of the Scribes Award Given by The American Society Of Writers On Legal Subjects

Finalist, Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association

Washington Post Book World Notable Book in Religion and Philosophy

While millions of Americans were defending liberty against the Nazis, liberty was under vicious attack at home. One of the worst outbreaks of religious persecution in U.S. history occurred during World War II when Jehovah's Witnesses were intimidated, beaten, and even imprisoned for refusing to salute the flag or serve in the armed forces.

Determined to claim their First Amendment rights, Jehovah's Witnesses waged a tenacious legal campaign that led to twenty-three Supreme Court rulings between 1938 and 1946. Now Shawn Peters has written the first complete account of the personalities, events, and institutions behind those cases, showing that they were more than vindication for unpopular beliefs--they were also a turning point in the nation's constitutional commitment to individual rights.

Peters begins with the story of Walter Gobitas, a Jehovah's Witness whose children refused to salute the flag at school. He follows this famous case to the Supreme Court where he captures the intellectual sparring between Justices Frankfurter and Stone over individual liberties; then he describes the aftermath of the Court's ruling against Gobitas when angry mobs savagely assaulted Jehovah's Witnesses in hundreds of communities across America.

Judging Jehovah's Witnesses tells how persecution--much of it directed by members of patriotic organizations like the American Legion--touched the lives of Witnesses of all ages; why the Justice Department and state officials ignored the Witnesses' pleas for relief; and how the ACLU and liberal clergymen finally stepped forward to help them. Drawing on interviews with Witnesses and extensive research in ACLU archives, Peters examines the strategies that beleaguered Witnesses used to combat discrimination and goes beyond the familiar Supreme Court rulings by analyzing more obscure lower court decisions as well.

By vigorously pursuing their cause, the Witnesses helped to inaugurate an era in which individual and minority rights emerged as matters of concern for the Supreme Court and foreshadowed events in the civil rights movement. Like the classics Gideon's Trumpet and Simple Justice, Judging Jehovah's Witnesses vividly narrates a moving human drama while reminding us of the true meaning of our Constitution and the rights it protects. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Judging Jehovah's Witnesses by Shawn Francis Peters
I believe the author did an excellent job of writing about Jehovah's Witnesses and perceiving them as the human beings they are.It is most challenging for an author to fairly and justfully write an historical account of a group of people who could be catagorized as one of the most hated religions on the face of the earth. Jehovah's Witnesses are the first to recognize this in quoting scriptures such as John 15:19 and many others. (Jehovah's Witnesses are still suffering horrendous and brutal persecution in many countries around the world.) There is not so much neutrality in Peters' writing as to not express fellow feeling for a people suffering horrific physical and psychological brutality.At the same time there is not so much favor or bias towards Jehovah's Witnesses so as to cover over their human foibles.The story is an important one to tell well and without prejudice. Peters has achieved this. This is a courageous story of faith and the fight for the freedoms of religion and speech, securing these for all Americans through decisions of the Supreme Court.This paved the way for the Civil Rights Era to come soon after. This is also enlightening historical research.History doesn't change but how we interpret it can change.There are a few good lessons emphasized in this story. A couple are, "Do not judge lest ye be judged." (not directly quoted in the book) and any time we dehumanize another group of people (societally speaking) danger follows and any time we dehumanize another group of people, we are dehumanizing ourselves.

I encourage my students to study a group of people with whom they have negatives issues.I encourage them to find how the group perceives themselves and how they interpret the world around them without outsiders' interpretations and judgement (to develop an ethnography). In doing so with the goals of developing tolerance for differences, for the student to learn more about themselves and how they think by finding out how others view them, to find what is human by seeking human universals and to also overcome the fears of the unknown. Although this book was not written by one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I do believe there are enough facts and interviews with Jehovah's Witnesses that it could be used for the purpose of gaining a better understanding of a group of people little understood by the world at large. Not only might you re-think Jehovah's Witnesses but you just might re-think how you think.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jehovah'sWitnesses and Supreme Court
Excellent reading, unbiased , reflecting deep research and dedication of the author to tackle an unpopular subject with such grace and candor ,writing about the legal matters like it is a bestselling topic . He created a book that is hard to put down once you readits first five pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book Everyone Should Read
Peters has touched a raw nerve in the history of the United States. This book explains how wartine hysteria caused otherwise law abiding people to commit some of the worst atrocities against a harmless peace loving people, whose only crime was serving their God.
This book shows the courage that Jehovah's Witnesses displayed against unspeakable conditions. It is truly faith inspiring and VERY SOBERING.If people think that atrocities regarding religious persecution can only happen in places like Nazi Germany or Russia, think again.
I also recommend "Armed With the Constitution" by Merlin Owen Newton.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jehovah's Witnesses and the US Supreme Court
Very accurate chronology of the Supreme Court cases that not only spotlighted a religious group, that could have destroyed them; however, the court's visible determination to protect the Constitution turned the situation around to protect freedom of speech and religion for everyone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Religious Persecution In the United States Of America
Many people believe that religous persecution has rarely or not occured in twentieth century U.S.This book makes it clear that there has been alot of religous persecution in the United States during the twentieth century.I found it very interesting that the Ku Klux Clan not only persecuted certain ethnic groups, but Jehovah's Witnesses as well, regardless of thier racial background.However the Author does not have an accurate view of certain Jehovah's Witnesses practices such as disfellowshipping. He should have researched further. ... Read more

13. What You Need to Know About Jehovah's Witness (Conversations With the Cults)
by Lorri MacGregor
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4-0 out of 5 stars MacGregor has been on both sides of the door!
This book is a written expansion of the successful video, "The Witness at Your Door." MacGregor tells the fictional story of how "Joe" enters and exits the world of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

On the way, Joe encounters "Beverly," who is equipped with Christian interpretations of powerful Bible passages which speak to the spiritual needs of a Jehovah's Witness. Beverly shares with Joe the identity of Jesus Christ, and, in the process, models an effective way to communicate the need of a JW to develop a personal relationship with Jesus.

As a former Jehovah's Witness, MacGregor gives insights into the stresses and thought processes of JW's. She also examines some of the claims and prophecies of the Watchtower Society which have been proven false. Reading her book is like having someone at your shoulder who's been there--on both sides of the door. ... Read more

14. Open Letter to a Jehovahs Witness-in packages of 10 pamphlets
by Roy Zuck
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, but....
This pamphlet has a very impressive amount of information giving Biblical and logical answers to a great many questions/differences that will come up between a Jehovah's Witness and a Christian.Roy Zuck explains the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, and a whole host of other tough questions (with the Bible verse and often times the original Greek/Hebrew words to back up his points).I bought this for a dollar at a Christian bookstore and have found it more useful than several books I paid ten or more dollars for.
That being said, here you are paying for 10 of these pamphlets to basically be given to Jehovah's Witnesses who come to your door or where ever you run into them.Handing this to them (or sticking it on their car) is not going to do anything but waste your money except in very, very, very, very rare instances.Talking to someone who has views other than your own is a far better method and this pamphlet can certainly give you an idea of what to say and what verses to look at... which means you have nine more pamphlets sitting on your shelf collecting dust.
It would be better to just find one rather than buying the full ten (unless you have 9 friends who are also interested in getting it).Still, if you can't find them sold individually, it really isn't a bad investment, because - like I said earlier - a lot of this is better than what you might find in a book that is just as expensive as the whole package.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
Althought it is informmative, it is not a book at all, but a pack of pamphlets that you are encouraged to give to Jehovas witnesses that come to your door.Im sure that you can find something more worth your while. ... Read more

15. Jehovah's Witnesses (How to Respond to World Religions)
by Concordia Pub, Herbert Kern
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The beliefs of the Jehovah's Witnesses are compared side by side with the Bible in an easy to follow format. Doctrinal issues such as the deity of Jesus Christ, the way of salvation, and the reality of Christ's resurrectiion are discussed at length. ... Read more

16. Jehovah's Witnesses: What You Need to Know (Quick Reference Guides)
by Ron Rhodes
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
This is a quick 45 question overview of the Cult.It is easy to look over and cheap.

4-0 out of 5 stars Jehovah's Witnesses: what you need to know quick reference..
Good to go bravo!Jehovah's Witnesses are a destructive cult from the get go.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most complete quick reference on JW's out there
I have a ton of literature on JW's and this is the brochure that I am always giving out.It gets right to the point.It goes over each major doctrine that the Witnesses have and lists the what the bible has to sayabout each one point by point.All Witness literature and scripture arereferenced so that JW's can check for themselves. I love this reference! ... Read more

17. Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions: Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, Mind Sciences, Baha'I, Zen, Unitarianism (In Defense of the Faith Series, 2)
by John Ankerberg, John Weldon
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4-0 out of 5 stars Review of encyclopedia
This encylopedia features John Weldon's research into pagan and other non-Christian religious groups. As always, John Weldon brings the 'welder's torch' to the ideas and nature of various non-Christian groups.The text is carefully thought through and reflects the thoroughness of John Weldon's research.A very useful book for any believing Christian's bookshelf.

1-0 out of 5 stars A caricature of cults
You won't find much provocative information, here.By the author's own admission, whole chapters are practically copied and pasted from other books (page 277), and those books are clearly hostile.

Some good intellectual pornography, though.If you are a critical thinker, and do your homework, you will find that fully half of the facts in this encyclopedia are wrong or ripped from their context.

It was very much like reading the saturday morning cartoons.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
This is an excellent book for anyone who wishes to know the truth about cults and false religion.Well-researched and well-written, the authors let the founders of the various cults speak for themselves, carefully documenting each quote in copious end notes. Each group's view of the basic doctrines of Christianity are outlined, showing their astonishing similarity in rejecting the deity of Christ and pushing salvation by works. Best of all, the Doctrinal Appendix gives the biblical references for each Christian doctrine. Especially helpful is the table of proofs that Jesus is God with dozens of Old and New Testament references.Other reviews of this book should be read with care. When the light of Truth shines forth, darkness is made uncomfortable.

1-0 out of 5 stars Yeah right
Out of ALL the religions, Unitarian Universalist,is the only religion/sect/denomination of reason and reality,while feeding your inner spirit-which is why anyone of any belief (or non-belief) can go to the church.They don't even tell you what/how to believe (unlike most religions/denominations).I can see why a fundamentalist wouldn't want anyone to be one though...visit famousuus.com to see all the intelligent people who were/are unitarians,including Paul Newman,Ray Bradbury,Sir Isaac Newton,Emily Dickinson,Susan B. Anthony,Charles Dickens,Ralph Waldo Emerson,etc..

1-0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate, biased
I learn from another website, that there's a Libel Litigation on this book. I wonder if they're responsible for what they wrote. http://www.contendingforthefaith.org/index.html ... Read more

18. Jehovah's Witnesses: A Comprehensive and Selectively Annotated Bibliography (Bibliographies and Indexes in Religious Studies)
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The Watchtower movement has over ten million followers and remains one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world today. Since the movement actively proselytizes throughout the world, many people are aware of Jehovah's Witnesses, but readers may not be aware that the movement has profoundly influenced the constitutional law of many countries, including America and Canada. This volume contains almost 10,000 references on the Watchtower movement and the dozen or so major schisms that have occurred since its founding in 1879. An introductory chapter reviews the history, major events, and doctrinal changes of the Jehovah's Witnesses. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must have research tool
Dr. Bergman's Bibliography it is a massive bibliographic listing of written material by and about Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) and the Watchtower Society from the 1800s through 1999. It is "comprehensive" in that it contains, according to the publisher, "nearly 10,000 references on the Watchtower movement and the dozen or so major schisms" of the Society. The book represents several decades worth of work by Dr. Bergman in compiling a comprehensive reference listing everything written on or by the Watchtower and their offshoots.In addition to listing every known publication produced by the Watchtower Society since its founding in the 1800s, it lists everything Bergman and his sources have found from a tabloid article in the National Enquirer to scholarly books and Ph.D theses on JWs. The "schisms" or offshoots of the Watchtower are the subject of the last two chapters.For those researching the origins of the Watchtowerand C. T.Russell's beliefs, there is a valuable chapter listing the individuals and material that influenced Russell in the Millerite/Adventist movements.

As is typical of bibliographic listings of material, the book's references list the author, title, publisher, publication date and number of pages (where known) of each reference. Amazon's Table of Contents link on this page will give you a detailed overview of just how comprehensive this Bibliography is and the material it covers.

The book's references are "selectively annotated,"which means many, but not all of the 10,000 references contain a one or two-sentence explanatory note by Bergman on the content or focus of the reference (article, book or manuscript). From the annotations the reader will know what the reference is about and thus if it is something that is needed as part of his/her research.In addition, each chapter and some of the subheadings contain an introductory explanatory text by Bergman on the chapter's material, what it covers, and discusses the most important and prominent individuals involved. These also often include advice on what may be the best, most important, or perhaps the most helpful material in the section for the researcher. Also helpful is Bergman's noting at various places where some of the rare material may be obtained in photocopy or where one can find reprints.

Being a bibliography, this book is not meant to be read from cover to cover (although I did just that for this review).It is a reference source for further reading and research, a means of finding material on JWs, both pro and con, without spending several decades tracking them down in libraries across several continents as Bergman has done.

Dr. Bergman's Bibliography is an indispensable reference for the researcher and writer on the Jehovah's Witnesses and their history.If you need a book on Jehovah's Witnesses as a source for research, this is the one to have. With nearly 10,000 references on the Watchtower and its history from the 1800s to 1999, you're bound to find much material that will assist your research.

The first review of this bookclaimed that Bergman's annotations "suffer from subjective usage, unfounded or incomplete evaluations, and tabloid irrelevance" and that Bergman claimed the Watchtower was "corrupt" and"inhuman," while some of its teachings were "erroneous" or "wrong" in the annotations.He even said, "An inclination to outright sensationalism can be detected in annotations" and that Bergman could only be trying to stigmatize a "religious minority" by "emphasizing" certain negative material on JWs.In my opinion, this apparently reflects more of the biases and preoccupations of the reviewer than in any defects in Bergman's annotations.It certainly is not a fair or accurate description. Bergman was simply stating what the references were about, not giving his personal "sentiments."

Bergman annotated much Watchtower material which he certainly doesn't believe in the same manner as the examples from anti-Witness works, thus the book is in general consistent, not biased against the Society in its annotations. For example, in annotating the second Watchtower president, J. F. Rutherford's various booklets, he annotated these as follows(pp. 41-43):

"Shows the only remedy for the evil world and clergy is the Watchtower kingdom."

"Discusses the work of the Watchtower which will cause all good persons to leave Christendom."

"on why the Watchtower is the only hope for mankind."

"an expose of Christendom and its false teachings."

Why would Bergman, that "notorious adversary of the WBTS," as he was called, say the Watchtower was the only hope for mankind and the clergy are evil? Was he trying to "stigmatize" a religious majority? No, anymore than he claimed the Society was "inhuman" etc. in his annotations.So for example the book Blood Crimes is not a negative review of the Society's blood transfusion doctrine, but is, as Bergman's annotation explains, "about the skinhead murder by three boys, all of which were raised Witnesses. Shows the critical importance of the J.W. faith and teachings in the crime."

It should be clear that the annotations simply state what the reference is about and its perspective at times in fairly neutral (unbiased) terms.Whether Bergman agrees or not with the author of the reference that the WT. is "the only hope for mankind" or is "corrupt" is irrelevant.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Goldmine!
Who are these annoyingly persistent people known as Jehovah's Witnesses, who knock on our doors bright and early Saturday mornings, disturbing our rare opportunity to get a few extra winks? The person who desires a deeper understanding of this sect will get a jump-start on their search for information with this book. It is an extensive listing of the works written by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (the administrative head of the Jehovah's Witnesses religion), and also a listing of almost every work written by others about the Watchtower Society. His annotations--brief comments about the contents of the listing--are most helpful in narrowing down the publications one is looking for.

Dr. Bergman's book is a goldmine--a directive to a wealth of knowledge. It is like a map that directs one how to find the hidden buried treasure. Dr. Bergman has searched through hundreds of libraries for material about the Watchtower Society; he has invested an immense amount of time and effort in bringing his unique book to fruition, thus saving the writer, researcher, and persons interested in learning more about this religious movement an enormous amount of time and work.

Some may at first compare this Bibliography to a huge card catalog in a library whose shelves are bare, as many of the publications listed are very old and seemingly unavailable. As it took the author 30 years to compile this listing, one cannot expect to find all of the publications under one roof. The author assures, however, that most are obtainable through libraries in the United States, which can be accessed through one's local library on an inter-library loan basis; others can be obtained through the Library of Congress. Much of the older Watchtower Society publications can be purchased on CD-ROMs available from various Christian ministries.

In addition to the listings, Dr. Bergman has included a valuable section on the history of Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as a very interesting chapter on religions that have their roots entwined with them, "American Offshoots of the Watchtower Society".

As a Watchtower researcher myself and author of the upcoming book, AWAKENING OF A JEHOVAH'S WITNESS: Escape From the Watchtower Society, (Prometheus: January 2002), I can attest to the value of Dr. Bergman's book.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference Tool
This bibliography is the perfect reference tool for collectors, book dealers and researchers. Being a collector and researcher, I really put the bibliography to the test and have come to the conclusion that it should set the standard for many years to come in the field of Watchtower literature.

The first thing you notice is the excellent way it is set up with official Watchtower literature first followed by material associated with the Russell movement. Next are chapters titled: Books, Manuscripts, Tracts and Newsletters; Magazine and Journal Articles (written by both individual Jehovah's Witnesses (J.W.)and non-J.W.'s; both pro-J.W. material and anti-J.W. material). Finally, a list of literature by many Watchtower offshoots.

I found everything in my collection listed. Unfortunately, the publisher limited the author to a given number of pages forcing the author to eliminate some important W.T. material, i.e. official Post Cards starting as far back as 1910 (that I am aware of), audio records (hundreds of them were used in the door-to-door ministry during the 1930's), specially made portable record players of different designs (several of which I had in my collection for a number of years), etc.

The bibliography is most helpful in that most entries have annotations indicating what subject matter is covered by a particular publication. It also has a very useful Name Index which makes it easier to find all of an author's writing for they may be located under different chapters.

The one major disappointment I found, or maybe I should say "did not find", was a listing for my 899 page Bible Bibliography by the same publisher as Bergman's book, back in 1991 and is still in print and available from the publisher. I had a listing for every Watchtower Bible translation and their publication history and should have been included in this bibliography. However, to be fair, Mr. Bergman did list several articles I wrote for the International Society of Bible Collectors' quarterly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Dr. Bergman
To paraphrase with parenthesis the author of Ecclesiastes: 'to the making of books (by and about Jehovah's Witnesses) there is no end".A bewildering array of literature exists, for and against this extremely active religious organization.And now, thanks to Dr. Bergman, it has been almost exhaustively catalogued.His bibliography includes publications as diverse as "The Truth That Leads to Everlasting Life" (possibly the third most published book in the world) and "Judge Rutherford Uncovers the Fifth Column", which hardly anyone has ever heard of. Both have rolled off the impressive presses at the Watchtower's Brooklyn plant and bear the imprimateur of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.This thorough bibliography would be of immense help for any serious student of the Watchtower that desires to grasp the extraordinary diversity of doctrinal and chronological modifications that have taken place in that organization over the years since its inception.There is even a listing of splinter groups that have formed during periods of upheaval and internecine controversy, along with their esoteric doctrines.The breadth of Dr.Bergman's book is remarkable and easily surpasses anything heretofore published. As a former student at University of California, Berkeley, who dropped out in 1952 to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses (ultimately graduating from the Watchtower Bible School, Gilead, and later becoming a circuit overseer in both Pennsylvania and Brazil), I can vouch for its overall accuracy and fairness of presentation.My own library of Watchtower-related material is quite extensive and from the vantage point of a serious student of Watchtower history, I can enthusiastically endorse and heartily recommend this splendid bibliography.

4-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible reference tool on Jehovah's Witnesses!
Dr. Jerry Bergman's work, Jehovah's Witnesses. A Comprehensive and Selectively Annotated Bibliography (Westport, Connecticut, and London: Greenwood Press, 1999), is, as the title indicates, a bibliography on the background, origin, and history of the Watchtower movement. The book contains nearly 10,000 references, and it is very well done. It is, in fact, a goldmine for researchers. This holds true especially of the literature in English, which is truly comprehensive.

Bergman was himself a Witness until the early 1980's, and he knows the Watchtower movement thoroughly from within. He has spent decades on researching, writing, and collecting material on it, and owns himself almost every piece of material listed in the book. It can safely be said that very few persons in the world has such an extensive library on the Witnesses at hand.

The bibliography is "selectively annotated", that is, it contains brief descriptions of the content of many of the publications. These are usually informative, although in some cases they may seem too brief. Many, if not most of the publications about the Witnesses are of very poor quality, and for this reason Bergman often calls attention to the exceptions, denoting them as "well written," "interesting," "excellent," etc. Such evaluations, although of necessity subjective, are certainly legitimate and helpful.

Many publications about the Watchtower organization are aimed at "exposing" the faults of its teachings and policies. The notes on the contents of such "anti-witness" publications do not necessarily reflect Bergman's own views (although they sometimes do), as I was led to believe when I first read Singelenberg's review, but primarily the negative evaluations of the authors of these publications. The same holds true, or course, of the notes on the Watchtower publications. When, for example, the entry on a booklet published in 1983 is followed by the comment, "The need to accept Watchtower teachings; directed at Muslims" (p. 48), this, of course, describes the contents of the booklet, not the view of Bergman.

The work is not just an annotated bibliography, but it also gives very valuable and interesting background information on the movement. Thus the Introduction presents a most valuable historical overview of the movement's background in the Second Advent groups that branched off from the Millerites after the failure of their 1844 date. Brief biographical notes are given on George Storrs, John H. Paton, Maria F. Russell, the Edgar brothers, Walter Salter, and others. Some of the most interesting and valuable chapters are the last two (5 and 6) dealing with the offshoots of the Watchtower Society, which contain important historical notes on the major groups. Few if any scholar has gathered so much information and literature on these offshoots as has Jerry Bergman.

As stated, the main focus is on publications in English. A selection of publications in a number other languages are also listed, although these are far from complete. Unfortunately, for some of these languages (including the Scandinavian languages) the entries had not been proof-read and therefore contain many errors, particularly spelling errors. These, and some other errors I have noticed should be corrected in the next edition. However, most of these errors are trifles compared to the enormous amount of sources that are made available to scholars through this book.

Researchers and writers on Jehovah's Witnesses will find this work to be an indispensible reference tool, as it will save them years of work in searching for relevant sources. And anyone interested in the Watchtower movement will find the historical information added at various places in the book of great interest. ... Read more

19. I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing
by Kyria Abrahams
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I'm Perfect, You're Doomed is the story of Kyria Abrahams's coming-of-age as a Jehovah's Witness -- a doorbell-ringing "Pioneer of the Lord." Her childhood was haunted by the knowledge that her neighbors and schoolmates were doomed to die in an imminent fiery apocalypse; that Smurfs were evil; that just about anything you could buy at a yard sale was infested by demons; and that Ouija boards -- even if they were manufactured by Parker Brothers -- were portals to hell. Never mind how popular you are when you hand out the Watchtower instead of candy at Halloween.

When Abrahams turned eighteen, things got even stranger. That's when she found herself married to a man she didn't love, with adultery her only way out. "Disfellowshipped" and exiled from the only world she'd ever known, Abrahams realized that the only people who could save her were the very sinners she had prayed would be smitten by God's wrath.

Raucously funny, deeply unsettling, and written with scorching wit and deep compassion, I'm Perfect, You're Doomed explores the ironic absurdity of growing up believing that nothing matters because everything's about to be destroyed. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's not easy to mix humor with a Jehovah's Witness past, but...
Kyria Abrahams does a most excellent job of merging the two in this touching tale of her youth. I was there. Years and years ago, I was there too, and so I can say the tale Kyria spins that at times will have you laughing fit to topple out of your beach chair or roll out of your bus seat is 100% accurate. This girl is able to take a painful experience and inject it with humor, and once the reader is able to determine just how being raised in the Jehovah's Witness faith can literally destroy a childhood, there is no denying the strength it took to put this memoir down to paper. The meetings at the Kingdom Hall, the shunning, the isolationism and downright snobbery, the strutting door-to-door with the Watchtower and Awake (ten cents for the two...), the rules, the very essence of growing up as an outcast amongst ones peers; Kyria takes it all in stride. You can detect sadness seeping through at times, and hurt, and a longing for what might or might not have been. This author has come full cirlce; from selling "Truth" books door-to-door as a kid to selling non-fiction books as an adult in the real "world." An true accomplishment and an excellent read - don't miss it!

5-0 out of 5 stars JW's have all kinds of problems, this book shows that.
Kyria does a great job of telling us how being raised a JW changed her life, but also doesn't just blame everything on the JW's.It's her life, she tells us about it well.An excellent opportunity to see that cult members come from all walks of life and are aided by their training to make bad decisions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well Written Comedy
To introduce this review, I must state the following: First, I was also raised as a Jehovah's Witness from birth; Second, I am a professional non-fictional essayist; Last, I take comedic approach tumultuously serious.

Kyria Abrahams is not a house breaking comedian; however, her wit is charming.

The information upon Jehovah's Witnesses are fairly accurate, whereas a majority popular claims fail to be. Beyond all things, Perfection Versus Doom is a pleasure to read for whatever your purpose.

4-0 out of 5 stars A book about concerning JW'syou'll actually want to read,
This book gave me the best laugh.Some people complain that the author seems to go a bit nuts and unrelatable but everyone is affected differently from being in this cult.Love the desriptions in the back of the book e.g - Worldly - You!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Perfect, You're Doomed
If you are a recovering "Witness" or have friends or family members who are currently witnesses, this book is a must have.I survived a similar childhood. I can, honestly, say this book has helped me to heal from some very painful memories.It is hard to grow up like this.Kyria Abraham tells it in a funny and truthful way. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars I have to agree
This is a fantastic book for children and adults but..... If you go to your local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, they'll give it to you for free. If you want to donate some money for the book, it will be much appreciated,but We( I am a Jehovah's Witness) aren't offering the books for profit but to educate others.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why pay when....
These items are wonderful but there is a travesty in them being listed on a site such as this.
The travesty is someone is trying to make a profit for a publication that the Organization of Jehovah's Witnesses offers, to anyone who is interested in obtaining them, for free. If one chooses to offer a donation that is up to them but there is no fee asked...EVER.

5-0 out of 5 stars Written for children, but can be read and enjoyed by everyone
As the title implies, these are stories of men and women mentioned in the Bible.The book is written for children, but the lessons on morality are timeless and can be read and enjoyed by anyone.The book itself presents the stories in chronological order (the Bible itself isn't in chronological order) and scriptural support for each story is given at the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading
I had first read this book when I was 5 years old.Even though I am not a Christian, I deeply appreciated this book because it emphasized moral values and how important it is to be a good human being.

I was delighted to find the exact same version of the book for my little nephew.I hope he enjoys it as much as I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
great book in excellent condition. My daughter reads a story each night. I had the same book when I was 5 years old. Thanks ... Read more

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