You all have no idea how all of the wonderful comments made here on this post have been gratifying and a true comfort to me. It is our greatest desire that reading our experience will give some lurkers (that was me) who have been long-time jws and heavily invested in the organization the courage to objectively examine this religion, its history, its teachings and its policies, against what the bible really teaches. When I first posted here two years ago I was scared to death. This forum gave me the courage to read, read, read and to find out the real "truth".
One of the first publications I read was entitled "Spiritual Food at the Proper Time" and is exclusively direct quotes about prophecies, predictions and claims from the society's literature going back to the late 1880s on through to 2000. It was compiled by an active JW in 2000, and all quotations can be verified at the KHs that might still have some of the older literature. It was extremely powerful to me. By the time I finished reading that publication, there was no doubt in my mind that this religion is just a man-made religion, worse and more dangerous than most, in my opinion. It can be obtained at the Commentary Press website. I begged two of our closest friends to read it, thinking that they would read something that was purely quotes from the society's literature, but they refused.
Anyway, thank you all for your very kind words - it has meant so much to me.