I think the loss of the book study will hit some like a death of a friend. It will mark the end of an era. It will forever change the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses and I believe the change is completely irreversible.
Of course, most Witnesses will be delighted by this. Their burden is so heavy that one less meeting will be a relief. The problem is that they are losing one of the few good things that religion had to offer. The book studies had the potential of allowing people to get to know each other and enjoy association in a more relaxed atmosphere. This potential wasn't always realised, but at least the possibility was there. I have been in some congregations where the members weren't very friendly and most people ignored me. The formal meetings were unpleasant, but the bookstudy gave me hope that I might start to fit in with at least a few people.
What are you reactions to this? How do you think the dubs will react when the effects of this change sinks in? How about people who have problems making friends and are never invited anywhere? Do you think they might just give up hope of fitting in? Do you think that some will see this as a sign that the great tribulation isn't coming any time soon or if it does that they will have to face it without the support of a small group of close friends?