First, I am not a JW and never was. I ran into an old friend who had been "baptized" who "encouraged" me to consider looking into the faith he had become a part of (born-in). I figured, "Hey... maybe I'll learn something I've never known. No problem!"
Well, I've certainly learned a whole lot I've never known but I can't say it'll ever bring me closer to God.... biblical "mis-reinterpretation", mind control (yes, I read Steve Hassan's books), deceit, real estate holdings, tax evasion... I mean exemption, window washing employment opportunities, pyramidology, pedophelia, ... I'm exhausted. My heart goes out to all of you.
My conversations with him have gone from, "Are you aware of/comfortable with this?" to jaw-dropping Pink Floyd's "is there anybody in there?" horror (please refer to the lyrics of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" to understand this). As an outsider, I've become both baffled and intrigued by all of this.
With a goal of "being sure of all things" with him, I had no idea of what I was dealing with and as a result I may have already communicatively failed. As a result of my failures, he may already be emotionally hiding within the confines of the Watchtower's protection from the "worldlies."
Here's my question: Previous JWs - when you were in, how would you have felt/what would you have thought about/what would you have said if you had been presented with a condensed version of Steve Hassan's book somewhat like the condensed version at http://www.cultwatch.com/mctb.html?