Funny reading that some of you liked the Book Study. Me personally, I friggin hated it LOL! I hated being in hot houses without air conditioning in the summer time, and one year as a kid I recall having the study in The Projects, which by the way, none of the white brothers and sisters in our congregation were ever put into that study group. Oh did it suck, the steps smelling like a combination of grease, stale air, pesticide, and urine. Crackheads acknowledging by your dress that, "yall's dem Jehovahs. My aunt's a Jehovah. Yall do a good thang. God bless yall." Lips all chapped, no deoderant, and hoping you left something valuable in your car to steal.
Even when it was at comfortable locations, it still sucked coming home from school or work, and having to dress up just to sit somewhere for a whole hour going over the most redundent material, all of which by the way is considered old light. That means we wasted how many friggin years at the book study wasting our time? Jeez. Then some people never commented, so the conductor was stuck having pretty much to give an impromptu #4 talk in spurts between dead paragraphs which generated limited comments. Or there was one or two people, three at the most, who did all the commenting, and some would only raise their hand to read a scripture. Then there was always that one publisher who overstudied and was worst than a teacher's pet. Then there was the poor readers who sucked so bad, and because nobody wanted to embarrass them by letting a sister read instead, we all suffered while the brother struggled reading words like, Agape, or instead of saying "urinating on the wall" he said "errinating on the wall"-1 Sam 25:34. True story by the way and I may have just given myself away.
But anyways, those days sucked, I don't miss them one bit. Getting rid of the book study as it was then was one of the greatest decisions in my opinion the WT ever made.