Book That Helped Me - My Recommended Reading List

by doubtfull1799 11 Replies latest jw experiences

  • doubtfull1799

    These are the books that led to my awakening:

    The Art of Thinking Clearly - Rolf Dobelli

    How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice From an Evolutionist - John W.Loftus

    Evolution - What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters - Donald R. Prothero

    Crisis of Conscience - Raymond Franz

    Apocalypse Delayed - Penton

    The Quest for the Historical Israel - Israel Finkelstein

    The Finished Mystery - WTB&TS

    Captives of a Concept - Don Cameron

    1984 - George Orwell (What a genius!)

    Some other books I found really helpful in sorting out the mess (in no particular order):

    The Invention of Religion - Alexander Drake

    Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of your Life - Richard W. Paul

    Cognitive Illusions: A Handbook on Fallacies & Biases... - Rudiger F. Pohl

    The Invention of Nature - Andrea Wulf

    A History of Religion in the Old Testament Period - Rainer Albertz

    Waking Up - Sam Harris

    Rock of Ages - Stephen J. Gould

    The Pursuit of the Millennium - Norman Cohn

    The Battle For God - Karen Armstrong

    Angels & Women - J.G.Smith

    Questioning the Millennium - Stephen J. Gould

    How Jesus became God - Bart D. Ehrman

    The Better Angels of our Nature - Steven Pinker

    The Moral Arc - Michael Shermer

    Irrationality - Stuart Sutherland

    What also helped me was reading many books on Scientology & North Korea and noticing the similarities!

  • Saethydd

    Thanks, I'm going to look at as many of these as I can. It might not have any information new to you, but I have found Lloyd Evan's "Reluctant Apostate" to be very informative book, especially as a resource for helping anyone who doesn't know much about JWs to understand the position people like us are in right now.

  • doubtfull1799

    Thanks Saethydd, am currently reading it already.

  • smiddy

    Holy crap doubtfull1799 ,i`m impressed ,you have read all of those books ? over how many years ? I think I could put my name to three and that was enough to convince me LOL

    However thanks for the list should I want to delve further , and for giving others/lurkers/newbies , some food for thought.

    Take care cobber.

  • doubtfull1799

    Yes smiddy, I have. Over the last 18 months or so. 1984 for the third time!

  • slimboyfat

    Good and Bad Religion - Peter Vardy

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  • neverendingjourney

    Not that you need any additional reading material, but Combating Cult Mind Control is also a good one.

  • Confusedandangry

    Thank you for sharing. I hope my husband will read at least one of these some day. He still thinks they are 'apostate material'.

  • stuckinarut2

    Great thread!

    I am also enjoying "the reluctant apostate" by Lloyd Evans

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