The link that follows is a living document that I occasional update with books and other information that I've found especially helpful in my recovery from JW life. Not all of it will be for everyone, but I hope some of it will be useful to many.
"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." - Friedrich Nietzsche "Live as if you were living already for the second time as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!" - Viktor Frankl
Would Bonnie Zieman's two books, "Fading Out of the JW Cult: A Memoir" and "EXiting the JW Cult: A Healing Handbook: For Current & Former Jehovah's Witnesses", be up to par with being added to your list?
I haven't read either, but have heard of them and looked them up on Amazon.
SUMMARY (copy/pasted from Amazon.com): "More kids are dying right now in obedience to the Jehovah's Witness ban on blood transfusions than perished in the fire at Waco, Texas," says former Witness elder David A. Reed. "How can a major sect with headquarters in New York City and twelve million attending its religious services worldwide quietly lead victims to early deaths without public outcry?" Reed cites dozens of well-documented casesmedia reports naming victims, doctors, and hospitals issuing their death certificatesas he blows the whistle on a deadly cult that secretly instructs members to kidnap children from hospital beds and teaches children to resist doctors violently and give false testimony in court.
This former minister, now widely recognized as an authority on the sect, explains his own role in bringing new members under mind control. With captivating anecdotes he details an enforcement apparatus that reaches even into clinics and hospitals. He brings to light secret instructions for hospital employees to turn over confidential patient records to the church, and tells how the hierarchy conducts bedside trials of members who accept forbidden medical treatment. Reed joined the sect as a naive young adult and rose through the ranks until he learned how the secretive leadership operated. Realizing that his friends were dying for beliefs supposedly channeled from God, but actually fabricated by the church hierarchy. After leaving the sect, he spent years researching its history and activitiesevidence revealed here for the first time. Reed's warning cannot be ignored."
Thank you so much 2bad and coyotesoul, I really need this information so much. I know so little outside of WBTS interpretation of the basics. TB put up some related direction.
It's cool that you ,cs, added onto this thread
because I always look at the latest posts first... what great stuff on the blood prohibition, I believed that one fully, so that brought me here,, and yay! 2badsosad, so much about the Hebrew scripts! I was just formulating in my mind for the past two days, how to ask if anyone could direct me to this very information!
I never could understand how according to the bible God is always claiming to be loving, just, etc. and within the next chapters, boom, one mistake and you're struck down. What about David's sin with the census, then the innocent are forced into a battle and die while David, gets to live as King, no less.
I think a lot of people, not just Jdubs don't get it either.
Post by Thehotone4u2 on Dec 25, 2017 8:43:14 GMT -7
I thought it might be a good idea to bring up this thread now and then with a new suggestion!
"Understanding makes the anger go away!" someone said. King Solomon I think. Whether or not you believe the bible is true, or in God, this adage holds true. There is nothing more frustrating than having a group of bullies run you over and ruin your life using secret rules and allowing you no recourse. Educating yourself on the human nature behind it, and the processes available for you to use to extricate yourself can help promote inner peace and understanding.
The reading list posted by Toobad, above, is fairly comprehensive. I would like to add to this list!
"Crisis of Conscience" (Ray Franz) is a book written by a former governing body member of JW's, and a long time head of the writing department at Bethel. He was df'd for speaking to his landlord, who was df'd, along with what was reported to be about half of the bethel family in NY during a purge, all branded as apostate. He wrote the book to warn people about this cult. In it he discusses the processes at Bethel and how they came about some of their doctrines. This reading is a must for anyone who wants to understand what's going on behind the smoke and mirrors!
"Combating Cult Mind Control" (Stephen Hassan) This is is a non-fiction work by Steven Hassan described as a "Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults." This book explains exactly how cults control your mind, using the latest research from experts. He has a website up now where you can get advice, training, expert witness for court, and other services. He is a former cult member, knows what he's talking about, and knows how to cut the mind control cord. freedomofmind.com/
Feel free to discuss or add to the list!
Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to god!-Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)
Shimmerjet: heyhotone, you ve been missed round here, how is life treating you
Apr 27, 2019 1:29:19 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: same goes for mb, finn, leeky willow secretsout, quee, rd, bf, buck, stonecold, rusholme, etc, so may of you had a huge part in my recovery sorry if I missed your name, pleased if you have moved on beyond this group x
Apr 27, 2019 1:31:54 GMT -7
Thehotone4u2: I've been busier than a one armed paper hanger!
Apr 28, 2019 4:44:37 GMT -7
Thehotone4u2: This is turning into a long term assignment.
Apr 28, 2019 4:44:58 GMT -7
Thehotone4u2: I miss my daily posts!!
Apr 30, 2019 21:45:41 GMT -7
John/ny) Marroni: Hey! So nice to hve you back The hot one 4 U 2!
May 2, 2019 8:17:33 GMT -7
willow: Still hanging in there! Life is always changing! A bit of a rollercoaster. Ha ha My daughter had twins! I’m getting ready to go on a once in a lifetime trip! My husband and I doing so much better, thank goodness, since it feels like the two of us against
May 21, 2019 14:38:08 GMT -7
willow: ... the world sometimes!
May 21, 2019 14:38:42 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: Oh twins how cool, boys, girls, one of each? Great to hear you and hubby doing well, enjoy the trip.
May 21, 2019 21:40:40 GMT -7
willow: A boy and a girl, and doing really well!
May 22, 2019 7:17:37 GMT -7