Required reading when exiting the JWs

by MegaDude 22 Replies latest jw friends

  • MegaDude

    Post the books you think should be required reading for anyone leaving the JWs:

    Mine are,

    Apocalypse Delayed by Jim Penton -- a historical overview of the JWs and their doctrine

    Crisis of Conscience by Ray Franz -- the insider's account of how the Watchtower is ruled

    In Search of Christian Freedom by Ray Franz

    Index of Watchtower Error by David Reed -- helpful quick topical guide to numerous quotes on ever changing WT doctrine

    Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl -- A great book by a concentration camp survivor and psychiatrist whose philosophy on life is a great one to adopt if you lost yours in the WT.

    The Myth of Certainty by Daniel Taylor -- If you still believe in God and have a love/hate relationship with churches and others that profess belief in Christianity, this is great one to read.

    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill -- The mindset and psychology of people who have been enormously successful. I found this helpful since I didn't aspire to be anything but a janitor and a magazine salesman when I got out of high school.

    Edited by - megadude on 30 October 2002 17:10:18

  • shera

    I have to get myself those books....

  • Lost Diamond
    Lost Diamond


    Just curious....have you read all of these books? Which one would you recommend as a first read?

  • MegaDude


    I've read those above and a LOT more.

    Hard to say which one I would recommend first. I guess it would depend on your interest or need.

  • larc

    I would also suggest, The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer.

  • reubenfine

    On a humorous note, if you ever run across a copy of The Boomer Bible by Laird it is a must read. It's the funniest book I have ever read in my life!!

  • Angus03755

    I would add to the list Diane Wilson's Awakening of a Jehovah's Witness, Escape from the Watchtower Society.

  • Lost Diamond
    Lost Diamond


    Yes, I read that book too. I could easily relate to her feelings of "should I stay, or should I go". The author finally realized that she had to be true to herself.

  • Lost Diamond
    Lost Diamond

    Combatting Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan is a very good book too. It lists ways of identifying many (if not all) matched the JW's.

  • Francois

    "The True Believer" by Eric Hoffer.

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