Seeing on another post here about former JWs throwing away literature. I am curious as to the various opinions on there value.
For me I have been inactive for 3 years almost 4. I still have alot of books and of course all their bibles ever produced (except a few from the 1800s.)
In my opinion I think there are four books the JWs produced that are useful:
1. The Aid book. This actually has some unique secular sources and sometimes if you read between the lines the archeology mentioned is damning to the JWs. I have found the names in the book is always paired with a definition in Hebrew or Greek showing damningly that alot of the people are made up. (Check out the names in the book of Ruth) I also understand Ray Franz worked on this book.
2. The NWT 1984 REFERNCE Edition. The large brown one. With the thousands of footnotes and translation issue the bible brings up the reference bible is useful for examining the biblical text.
3. Mankind's Search for God. Well if you ignore a few chapters the book does a good job of explaining many of the world's religions and for that I fell it is somewhat useful.
4. The Kingdom Interlinear 1969/1985. This is obviously useful since it has the Greek text of Westcott and Hort next to the NWT. (Amazing they even produced this!) In truth I prefer Green version which uses the Textus Receptus but this is a good stab at the NT Greek.
I personally would not throw anything out before 2000. The WT is currently making a study bible . (The have done Matthew- Ephesians) and soon they will have the whole bible done. Once that is complete I can imagine they will shelf the previous books and literature. Online I have found everything back to Russel in PDF texts. It might fill a flsh drive but the amount of crap the WT said is horrible. (Apparently Germ theory is wrong and Aluminum is a sin. lol)