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  • Introducing Watchtower Watch by: John Cedars (6)

    December 3, 2012, 00:01

    I am honored to have been asked to write the inaugural article for this ambitious new website - Watchtower Watch. In the months ahead many current and…

  • JWs and the Hebrew Bible by: Richard E. Kelly (4)

    December 2, 2012, 16:00

    Most of  what Jehovah’s Witnesses "know" about the Hebrew Bible, more commonly referred to as the "Old Testament" or the "Hebrew Scriptures," is simply "not…

  • The Bible: What The Watchtower Isn't Telling You by: Richard E. Kelly (6)

    December 9, 2012, 18:21

    There is little doubt among reputable Bible scholars that the Bible, a book purported to contain "eternal truths," was actually authored by men who did not…

  • Set Up for Failure: Marilyn's Story by: Richard E. Kelly (2)

    January 8, 2013, 12:30

    I am often asked why I wrote Growing Up in Mama’s Club, why I blog and why most of my modern-day heroes are ex-JW Internet vigilantes who aggressively attack…

  • Set Up for Failure: Marilyn’s Story - 2 by: Richard E. Kelly (3)

    January 15, 2013, 17:32

    In November, 1958 my family moved to Columbus, Nebraska. Like all the homes we lived in while I was growing up, there was only one bathroom for our family of…

  • Set Up for Failure: Marilyn's Story - 3 by: Richard E. Kelly (5)

    January 25, 2013, 16:59

    Desperate, Marilyn called a local Columbus, Nebraska attorney and asked if she could meet with him. It took over an hour for her to explain what her life had…

  • Set Up for Failure: Marilyn's Story - 4 by: Richard E. Kelly (14)

    February 1, 2013, 18:27

    When I talked alone with Marilyn, she acknowledged her duplicity. She had lost touch with basic human decency due to poorly thought out JW policy. She…

  • Revelation: Is It Really About Our Generation? by: Richard E. Kelly

    March 20, 2013, 12:10

    Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the Bible's book of Revelation (or The Apocalypse) offers an account of what is to come sometime within their lifetime. This is…

  • It’s Never Too Late – Mariuca’s Story by: Richard E. Kelly (24)

    May 26, 2013, 17:27

    It was an unusual response—something I don't normally do— triggered by a not-so-unusual email from a Mama’s Club reader, Mariuca Rofick. An ex-Jehovah’s…

  • It's Never Too Late - Mariuca's Story (Part 2) by: Richard E. Kelly (17)

    May 31, 2013, 11:34

    During her first year of single life, Mariuca requested “shepherding visits.” This is a JW process phenomenon designed to encourage and pump up members in…

  • It's Never Too Late - Mariuca's Story (Part 3) by: Richard E. Kelly (39)

    June 9, 2013, 23:59

    For three years from 2002 to early in 2005, Carl helped shepherd Mariuca, always giving her balanced advice. When she was sick with polymyositis, he and a…

  • Five Books Every JW Should Read by: The Editor

    December 1, 2012, 01:54

    It's very unlikely that the Watchtower Society would want you to read any of the following five books. In many Kingdom Halls, if the elders discovered that…

  • Are Sports Evil? by: The Editor

    December 1, 2012, 00:01

    The Watchtower has a long, but somewhat inconsistent history of bias against school and team sports. While the organization recognizes that physical exercise…

  • Watchtower Embarrassed by BOE Letter by: The Editor (2)

    January 8, 2013, 04:35

    The Watchtower's legal department took action against one of our friends and contributors on December 25, 2012 (Merry Christmas everybody!!!) for alleged…

  • Brotherly Love - for Real by: The Editor

    December 1, 2012, 04:35

    We all experience moments that shock us into understanding how lucky we are to just be alive - not to mention how well off we might be physically, mentally,…

  • 2012 - Bad Year for the Watchtower by: The Editor (26)

    January 14, 2013, 17:39

    Everyone has a bad year now and then. We all have to contend with illness, accidents, unemployment, natural disasters, family problems - events that can really…

  • Staying Awake During Meetings by: The Editor (1)

    December 2, 2012, 00:57

    It’s tough enough for many adults to sit through a public talk or a Watchtower study without dozing off. It's even more challenging for children. Staying…

  • Life - One Day at a Time by: The Editor

    December 2, 2012, 15:00

    It's easy to get caught up in details, to spend too much time on meaningless projects, or just working to survive. Many of us never seem to have time to smell…

  • Dave's Fresh Start for the New Year by: The Editor (2)

    January 12, 2013, 13:36

    Oregon resident David Shurtleff decided to clear his conscience, tell his personal story, and begin 2013 with a fresh start. So he made a video and put it up…

  • The Naked Truth by: The Editor (6)

    January 24, 2013, 04:35

    I first envisioned this website as an "eye-opener" for those who stopped by to read its articles. By trying to imagine who would make up both my "target…

  • "It's Going to be OK . . ." by: The Editor (3)

    January 24, 2013, 17:11

    As the editor of several websites I am frequently approached by former Jehovah's Witnesses who have written a book about their life stories and experiences…

  • Living a Nightmare by: The Editor (1)

    January 28, 2013, 13:58

    Everyone has a story to tell. The soldier returning from the middle east has a story - and so does his family. The disabled lady driving her motorized…

  • Coming Soon! The Conti Interviews on YouTube by: The Editor (1)

    February 16, 2013, 15:33

    John Cedars, contributor to this site and editor of JWSurvey.org, has just announced that a series of videos will be released in March 2013 that will provide…

  • Someday You May See the "Truth Be Told" by: The Editor (7)

    March 27, 2013, 00:04

    "TRUTH BE TOLD" is a new documentary film being released in Brooklyn, New York on March 27, 2013. An exposé of the Watchtower, the title refers to the…

  • And Now, a Word from Our Sponsor by: The Editor (2)

    March 31, 2013, 15:27

    Let's face it - without The Watchtower magazine this website would not be online. It would have no purpose. It would have absolutely no reason to exist. So…

  • Freedom is at Hand! by: The Editor

    April 3, 2013, 01:15

    In recent years there has been a noticeable exodus out of the Watchtower organization at all levels. Many Jehovah's Witnesses do not want to be in the…

  • Video Exposes Watchtower Shunning Policy by: The Editor

    May 1, 2013, 14:00

    The organizers of AAWA (Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses) released a new series of videos that illustrate the damaging effects of the Watch Tower…

  • AAWA Releases New Abuse Video by: The Editor

    May 30, 2013, 00:59

    The Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA) announced on May 30th the release of a new video that describes the ways the Watchtower uses horrific…

  • Not an "Earthly Paradise" by: The Editor (6)

    September 9, 2013, 12:47

    As a Jehovah's Witness teenager I was always hoping that someday I would be found worthy enough to be accepted as either a missionary and go to Gilead school…

  • WTW Editor on "The Thinking Atheist" Podcast by: The Editor (6)

    November 13, 2013, 00:59

    In mid-September I received an interesting invitation from a journalist calling himself "The Thinking Atheist." He told me that he had seen one of my websites…

  • Should You Leave the Watchtower? by: The Editor (11)

    January 6, 2014, 01:05

    Every month I get emails and contact messages from Jehovah's Witnesses asking me whether or not they should "take the leap" and try to leave the Watchtower…

  • Remembering the Watchtower's Victims by: The Editor (5)

    June 4, 2014, 19:31

    Several support groups providing support and education services to former Jehovah's Witnesses and their families have set aside July 26, 2014 as "Watchtower…

  • Why are you still a Jehovah's Witness? by: The Editor (24)

    July 12, 2015, 17:34

    The facts are clear. Being a Jehovah's Witness is not fun. The Watchtower offers nothing to its members. There is no joy in their Kingdom Halls. Preaching door…

  • Behind the Scenes: "Witness to Murder" by: The Editor (1)

    August 25, 2014, 11:00

    The Documentary, "Witness to Murder," for ID Discovery Channel By Jim Kostelniuk, a participant As the father of two murdered children, Juri and Lindsay…

  • Behind the Curtain: Realities of Shunning by: The Editor (5)

    September 16, 2012, 12:46

    The leaders of the Watchtower Society do their best to deny that their extreme shunning policy harms anyone. They describe it as simply a way to keep their…

  • A Path Few Have Taken by: Robert Crompton (3)

    December 7, 2012, 13:56

    It was November 1965 when, while still in my early twenties, I walked out of the Kingdom Hall as a disfellowshipped person. Because I had come to disagree…

  • Two Crackpots: James Ussher & Fred Franz by: Terry Walstrom (4)

    December 19, 2012, 17:15

    James Ussher (1581-1656) Your name is Ussher - James Ussher - and you are the Archbishop of all of Ireland. You are living in the 1600s and are OCD…

  • Jehovah's Witnesses and Peanut Butter by: Susan Hardwick Bennett (4)

    January 22, 2013, 02:05

    Shortly after my father began studying with Jehovah's Witnesses in 1971, my family’s life changed radically. Within the span of a single year we completely…

  • My Life as a Jehovah's Witness Child by: Steph Le Gardener (13)

    May 16, 2013, 08:44

    I was part of the fourth generation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in my family. Legend has it that my great-grandmother ran into some Russelites who were out street…

  • My Path Out of the JW Cult by: Jean S. Dixon (6)

    February 16, 2014, 13:26

    My parents were active in the Methodist church and they loved and trusted their minister.  The minister once told my dad to never listen to the Jehovah’s…

  • Why is it Hard to Start Over After Being a Witness? by: Brooklyn Authoress (6)

    June 4, 2014, 03:46

    A few days ago while I was walking my dog around my neighborhood, I saw a group of familiar looking faces.walking toward me.  The men were dressed in suits…

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  1. 6-4-2014

    Well written Brooklyn. I sounds as if you have done better than many at getting your life together after JW. Good on ya’

  2. 6-5-2014

    TY for your courage in sharing your story and please share it with Noel Parkins and the story will be published so others may benefit too.

    • Brooklyn Authoress

      Thank you so much, Babs, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m new to the site so Noel’s name doesn’t sound familiar, but I will look into it!. Thanks, again & have a great day! 🙂

  3. 7-11-2014

    I can not take their shunning and I do fight back- I am on the hit list because I found out about the UN-I brought it up to them and you know the rest-When they see me at the Walmart and turn their heads I say to them-Now Jesus would not do that would he? But the governing body would wouldn’t they? Then the get angry and walk away quickly-I treat them the way they treat me-I am very bitter when I see them in a store and they duck down or turn the other way then 1975, Booze Rutherford, their getting money from the United Way all this pops into my head and boy that gets to me. How dare them to shun me- I should be shunning them.In conclusion I do not, I repeat, I do not play their shunning game= I wont let them get away without a remark by me- It makes me feel better.

  4. 7-20-2014

    I can certainly appreciate why it is so difficult for many ex-JWs to start over. Yet, Jesus really addressed this and it is right there in front of us.

    Any not belonging to “religious organization” are FREE “if” they look to the teachings of the “person” (not an organization) of Christ. If they allow “Christ” to be their teacher (not an organization), they identify as “his disciples” not a disciple or member of an organization.

    This discipleship to Christ leads to the “knowing of the truth” (as Christ is the truth) and the knowing of the truth liberates one from the clutches and desire to belong to “organization.”

    As a former 30 year ex-JW (disassociated), the WT shuts up the Kingdom of God and the truth by making itself all the things Christ says he is.

    The WT says it is “the way” in that membership with the organization is the only way to please the Father and gain the “real life” or eternal life.

    The WT says it is “the truth” in that all with her are “in the truth” and that the truth can only flow through this “organization.”

    The WT says that it is “the life” in that all within her are in a spiritual paradise (a lifestyle).

    Yet, Jesus said that he was all of these things. (John 14:6)

    One should count it as a blessing that they are no longer attached to a religious organization. The mistake so many make is that they leave one religious organization and attach themselves to another. Or, they leave one and do nothing with regard God and Christ.

    When Jesus chose and called his first disciples (we call them Apostles) out of the Jewish Religious system. Initially and for quite some time, those disciples were still under the influence of the religious system Jesus called them out of. It took continued lessons and teaching from Jesus to get them to be finally free of all of the things it taught them.

    Many persons are under the illusion that these Apostles automatically ejected all they they learned under the Jewish Religious system once they met Jesus. That would make no sense. It would take many hours of instruction by Christ to wrench those old teachings out of them.

    John 8:31-32 shows that as Jesus says:

    “If YOU remain in my word, YOU are really my disciples, and YOU will know the truth, and the truth will set YOU free.”

    Notice the discipleship to Christ and knowing the truth was not immediate.

    The same applies to us today.

    Once one comes to understand that it is a “person” who is the truth, the way, and the life and not “an organization” then they will come to understand (with much prayer) that they have been especially blessed to have been called out of “religious organization.”

    It is what they do with their new freedom now that is important. Do you attack the organization that held you captive? Do you sulk and walking around not knowing what to do? No!

    You pray your “you know what” off thanking God for your release and ask Him for His wisdom, His understanding and His Knowledge.

    You will come to know that what He wants you to do is what He spoke at Luke 9:35:

    “This is my Son, the one that has been chosen. Listen to him.”

    And what did His Son tell us (individually) to do? It is found at Matthew 28:19-20:

    “Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”

    Notice that Jesus is telling us to make disciples to him. (Not JWs or Bible studies). Notice Jesus not once mention preaching a Good News of the Kingdom. The focus is teaching others his teachings.

    This is a far cry from what the WT is doing. It seeks to make others JWs. And it is preaching what “it” says is the Good News of the Kingdom yet no one …. and I mean no one can show what this Good News message is or where it is written.The WT made up their own “Good News” message as a clever distraction from obeying Christs command given at Matthew 28:19-20.

    Revelation 14:6 says that it will be an angel – one angel – who will declare the Good News. No human will be tasked to do it.

    That Good News message has not been given to the angel to preach and it will not be preached to this generation.

    What I am stating here is not be spoken of by anyone one else.

    Yet, count it as a blessing to be free of the religions of this world. We have a Lord and Teacher and he is a person, not a religious organization of men in suits.

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