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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Spiffing Covers; 1 edition (18 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909425451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909425453
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,063,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Morgan on 7 Dec 2013
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If you are a Jehovah's Witness with doubts or questions about the organisation - read this book! If you're aquatinted with a Jehovah's Witness or you've had a pamphlet through the door and felt any curiosity about the religion - read this book!

I thought I knew a little bit about Jehovah's witnesses, this book proved me wrong. I had no idea of the fundamental beliefs of the religion, the organisations structure, history or habit of changing policy. Neither did I understand how completely it's members are controlled or the, to me startling, nature of that control.

I think that ordinary Jehovah's Witnesses themselves may be unaware of much of the information this book highlights. There are parallels with other organisations and movements that are surprising - i.e. the communist party. The author brings to attention the organisations changes in policy over healthcare issues and how those policies have impacted on the lives of the members. This book certainly has swept aside my preconceptions and highlighted a reality that is uncomfortable to consider.

Rachel Walsh has a wonderful way of writing that helps you to come to your own thoughts, opinions, feelings and conclusions on matters of the religions faith and organizational structure without preaching or shoving facts down your throat. She guides you through the facts, highlights issues and asks moral questions. From start to finish the book is a delight to read, easily digestable. There's is nothing of the dusty tome plagued with footnotes for the footnotes here although all the sources are well documented. The author brings to life well researched data and relates it to the reader in a clear manner.

The fiction stories at the start of most chapters are brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By peter holley on 19 Dec 2013
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i am an ex jehovahs witness . i have read other books about jws . but many seem to have a hidden aggenda . ie putting jws down.
this book is just very well written with the real truth ! it must have been years in the writing and carefully written, as it is so truthfull and accurate. the writer of this book must be an athiest , as athiests are able to just give their findings on what is fact rather than what is emotions ....I look forward to the next book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 April 2014
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This book gives you a good feel for what Jehovah's Witnesses are all about and I feel enables a non confrontational and productive conversation the next time you get an unexpected knock at the door.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By London history fan on 29 Nov 2013
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This book surprised me.

What would it mean if the Bible text came into law right now, here and today? What would it be like if the leadership of the Jehovah's Witnesses governing body was introduced across the whole world tomorrow?

This book helped me to think about some of the answers. Refreshingly, Walsh respects your space as a reader, and I never felt she was trying to force anyone to follow an agenda.

What you've got here is basically a series of chapters that explore the Bible, with lots of quotes that do match up exactly to the original text. Where this book comes in, is to ask the question "What does that mean?"

It's an approach that gives space to you, and that I think is what the author intended. Often, the results of asking even simple questions throw up a few surprises. The more I read, the more I started to see that people trying to follow an ideal, may not always reach it.

For example, I didn't realise how much the elite leaders at the very top of the organisation have changed policy and even changed important points of belief, in a way that seems dishonest towards ordinary Jehovah's Witnesses.

The other thing that jumped out at me was the way it's written. Having read quite a bit about Christianity, I am used to books that are a bit academic and follow the formula. This one is very different, in a good way. Each chapter opens with sections that are bursting with life, refreshing and full of implications. I particularly liked the short stories that touched with real people's experiences. These bring the whole thing down to earth and connect it with real people's lives, not just abstract ideas.
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