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30 Years a Watchtower Slave: The Confessions of a Converted Jehovah's Witness Paperback – Abridged, January 1, 2002
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30 Years a Watchtower Slave is Schnell's gripping account of the three decades he spent enslaved by Jehovah's Witness doctrines and methods. As you read his potent personal story, you will understand the true inner workings of the cult that enticed Schnell in the 1920s and continues to lure countless individuals today.
Through the details of Schnell's involvement with the Watchtower Society and the riveting story of how he finally became free, you will be forewarned to their effective proselytizing campaign and better outfitted to witness to JW friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers--and the stranger at your door.
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Top Customer Reviews
Schnell tells a fascinating story of a developing religion. He uncovers the Watchtower Society's sales methodologies developed in Europe and the USA. He also reveals the use of demonstrations and the court system in the US to benefit the Watchtower Society through the influence of public perceptions.
With Schnell's help, you can begin to understand how idealistic youths ended up as dedicated, underpaid promoters of a belief system which Schnell compares to totalitarianism.
I gave the book 4 stars, because I think it has its greatest value as a historical document which may give insight into the origins of the current Watchtower Society. It may be less relevant to the concerns of those who love the JW's of today. Still, a great read!
I highly recommend "30 Years A Watchtower Slave" as it gives one the absolute clearest insight on the secret "Black Ops" of the Watchtower Organization, outlining in full detail the systematic and methodic tactics used in designing the Watchtower Organization as it is known today. It was written by one of Rutherford's secret "henchmen," and he was practically Rutherford's "right-hand-man." He did many things "in the service of Jehovah" that he deeply regrets...
If any Jehovah's Witness...if any loyal member of the Watchtower is willing to know the truth of the organization's foundation of the Watchtower as it is known to be in modern times, they need to read this book.
The Watchtower Organization has every reason to be fearful of the information that has become more and more available to their members today, and every reason to vilify those who have left; they know that if the truth about "The Truth" is discovered, they will continue to lose more and more of their members...and those that have "figured it out" have already been leaving by the thousands, being labeled by the Watchtower as "wicked apostates," and as "evil slaves," all the while the Watchtower continues to proclaim to the loyal flock that they are in a "spiritual paradise" in the Watchtower Organization. Again, this book is an invaluable tool for any Jehovah's Witness to have a truly clear picture of the Watchtower's true past; it will then help them to make sense of many things that may have caused them to wonder...
This book brings to light many things that are not well known by most Jehovah's Witnesses. And things that they have tried to cover up.
Excellent reading before getting too involved in something that may be very difficult to get yourself out of later.
Not only can today's activities of the Witnesses be understood through William's record, there are political insights into how any large hierarchical organisation operates, religious or otherwise.
The Society moved through the following stages on its journey to today's Theocracy:
*First dictatorship under Charles Russell (1879-1916).
*Dissolution from 1916 to 1919-a 'deadly wound'.
*Second dictatorship under Judge Joseph Rutherford (1919-1942).
*Third and current dictatorship under a consortium replete with Board of Directors, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Dictator egos were evident, e.g. Rutherford's visit to Germany and coercing the Director into shaving off his Russell-like beard in exchange for new printing equipment.
Hypocritically, “God's Organisation” ended up becoming both a religion and a corporate entity, just like the 'Egyptians' they so despise.
At the date of writing (1963 edition), Witnesses were described as having 'delusions of persecution and Armageddon tremors' and 'carrying a permanent chip on their shoulders'.
With William's help the Society invented an ingenious seven step indoctrination program:
(i) Get books to people.
(ii) Back call.
(iii) 'Home Bible Study' (which uses a Watch Tower Society published book).
(iv) Friday 'area' book studies in conference forum.
(v) Kingdom Hall attendance on Sunday.
(vi) Attend service meetings and training.
(vii) Water baptism.Read more ›
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My husband was raised as a Wittness. I've asked everyone in his family to please explain this religion to me but none of them could.I thought that was odd until I read this book. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Doug Reedy
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Just started this book, so far I like it a lot. Gives a good insight into the JW religion. I was looking for something that explains why this religion holds people in such bondage.Published 2 months ago by Jlrodri
Should have read this years ago and saved myself years of agony as a JW.Published 10 months ago by Dave Gracey
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