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  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576731812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576731819
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was time to turn this thing 180' around, but what they did sunk the ship, and maybe that was their intent!
Jim Frank
One thing that I do agree with the author about is that there was less emphisis on Jesus in the WCG than there should have been.
P. Wiswell
As a result of this balyhooed transformation, the book admits that 40,000 former churchgoers don't attend church anywhere.
Truth Seeker

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on September 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful tale of the much-needed collapse of a sham church created by a dead Iowa ad-man around the turn of the century. A 'church' led by a leader with over five decades of failed "End of the world" prophecies that left tens of thousands of dead, medically untreated, 30%-tithe-impoverished, socially-isolated, and emotionally crippled members in its wake.

Though the chapter on church potlucks and the recipe for lemon tarts was of special interest.

The church has since fractured into a handful of increasingly fanatical splinter groups like the 'Philadelphia Church' headed by Gerald Flurry; a man known mostly for his impassioned rhetoric on the evils of the world, Philadelphia being the One True Church and he its Prophet, and his 1993 DUI charge.

Philadelphia's numbers under Flurry's theatrical leadership are in stark decline, which have led the group the enact such sweeping spiritual reforms as banning its members from using Facebook.

However, the spamming of Amazon reviews is still clearly encouraged and supported, as outlined in the book of Jamaicans, chapter 2 verse 4. To fully understand the book of Jamaicans and other texts, Flurry suggests you read his commentaries. The chapters on how the devil deceived him into driving drunk are real edge-of-your-seat stuff; I felt my spiritual armor swelling with pride. Let the second 50 years of failed prophecies begin!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Stacy on August 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Transformed by Truth", written by current WCG pastor general Joseph Tkach (Junior), claims on its cover to be "the inside story" regarding the WCG's transformation from "heresy" to "orthodox". And to some degree, it is - the author was present or privy to many of the key events he describes. However, the book is somewhat convoluted from the get-go - in attempting to describe the "transformation" in a manner that makes sense to both former and current WCG members, plus outside readers, Tkach's explanations and rationales presented through the book tend to be shallow and somewhat flimsy from time to time. Since a large part of the book deals with the actions of his own father, the work does tend to read like a simplistic hagiography at points instead of an "inside story". Becuase of these factors, it is not a heavily-researched work and its usefulness is diminished as a result - those looking for objective information on the WCG may be disappointed with its "touchy-feely", emotional style. On the other hand, it does bring out some good information on its topic from time to time and does do a fairly good job providing an introspective viewpoint of that period in the Worldwide Church of God's leadership. It is most useful when read in comparison to another work on the topic instead of alone, as its author's apparent wish to smooth-over some of the less positive events in question tend towards misleading at times.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bill Turner on May 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A more appropriate title for this book would have been: "Transformed Away From The Truth...The Liberalization of the Worldwide Church of God; The Remarkable Story Of A Church's Journey From the Religion OF Jesus to a Religion ABOUT Jesus".

Love him or hate him...the lectures, broadcasts, published books and magazine articles of Herbert W. Armstrong brought many thousands of people all over the world to the knowledge and acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal saviour...many of whom had never even considered attending a church before!

This was no pop culture 'plastic Jesus', but the Christ of the Bible...whose actual teachings would still be much in disfavor in today's supposedly 'enlightened' Evangelical world.

Yet, the author of this book vainly tries to insist that the Worldwide Church of God under the direction of Armstrong was more hung up on the 'Law of Moses' and the 7th Day Sabbath, rather than the "grace" of Jesus...and thus relegated Him (Jesus) to background status behind God the Father, and Bible Prophecy.

In 1976 the WCG published perhaps the best book written to date about the life, person and teachings of Jesus Christ, "The Real Jesus" by Garner Ted Armstrong who, at the time was a high ranking Minister in the denomination.

This, along with all the other Christocentric books and articles published by Armstrong over the decades since 1927, are all strangely ignored...as if Armstrong himself, never gave Christ as much as a passing thought!

Joseph Tkach Jr. goes on to largely bear 'false witness,' as it were, against the Church; its teachings; its mission; and its founder and late Pastor General H.W. Armstrong.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Wiswell on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I got this book when it first came out. Read it cover to cover and didn't find any biblical truth in it. I dusted it off recently and reread it. Still no truth found. Only half truths and omitted scriptures. One thing that I do agree with the author about is that there was less emphisis on Jesus in the WCG than there should have been. This they should have done and not left the other undone.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Slevin VINE VOICE on February 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good chronicle of many of the changes in the Worldwide Church of God (WCG), however, it's approach is deconstructionist in nature.
Those involved in the transformation of the WCG deconstructed the church and sent literally tens of thousands spinning out of the church into splinter groups, support networks, other Sunday keeping groups, all the way to the isolated.
This is a good work if you want a compare and contrast of teachings and beliefs of what many call a cult and what is considered mainstream.
The legacy left by those who supported this book is one of dismal failure. Lives were not transformed for the better and Christian love was left somewhere in the lurch.
The Sabbath keeping legacy does precede the SDA/Sabbatarian Adventists contrary to the chart that Tkach has in his book. Sabbath keepers can clearly be linked all the way back to 1525 in Germany/Moravia, through the Seventh Day Baptists, who called themselves 'church of God.' Even Ellen G. White mentions that the person who wrote about the Sabbath in early Adventism was himself a freewill Seventh Day Baptist.
There were many things non-cultish about the WCG, people were well travelled, educated, employed. They understood world events. They could tell you who world leaders were and the issues at hand. Yes, as with any other group of people, there were extremes.
The transformation written of here is from only one perspective, as expected. Yet the full truth of the happenings behind the scenes are for another venue.
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