Jehovah's Witnesses

A prominent denomination that believes the end times have already begun

1870 - present

Russian Congregation

The Jehovah's Witnesses are one of the most prominent groups on this website, with millions of members and a strong focus on evangelizing. Influenced by the Millerites, Charles Taze Russel founded the Bible Study movement based on his unorthodox beliefs, which branched into several different groups. After Russell's death, Joseph F. Rutherford took over as the leader and instituted many of the controversial beliefs and practices that they are most known for. Although the movement continued to grow to become one of the most prominent denominations in America, it is often criticized for having heretical beliefs, exercising high control over its members, and covering up child sexual abuse.

Religion: Christianity 

Denomination: Adventist

Founder: Charles Taze Russell

Founded: 1870

Location: International, headquartered in Warwick, New York, US

Size: 8.7 million (as of 2021)

Charles Taze Russell (founder)

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At first, the Watchtower Society seemed harmless to William J. Schnell, even valuable as a way to develop his faith in God and pass it on to others. This book is Schnell's fascinating account of his involvement with the cult, which effectively enticed him in the 1920s and continues to lure countless individuals today. Readers will learn, as Schnell did, that the Jehovah's Witness religion he had joined was anything but innocent. For thirty years he was enslaved by one of the most totalitarian religions of our day, and his story of finally becoming free is riveting.

Readers will be alerted to the inner machinations, methods, and doctrines of the Watchtower Society, arming them to forewarn others and witness to their Jehovah's Witness friends, relatives, neighbors, and the stranger at the door. With more than 300,000 copies sold, 30 Years a Watchtower Slave is truly one of the classic testimonies of freedom from a powerful cult.

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Growing up in a doomsday cult isn't easy! You need to study hard, work harder and learn nothing useful whatsoever!

Neil Gardner takes you through life in the "Rank and File" of the biggest cult around, The Jehovah's Witnesses.

Whether worrying about the end of the world coming "Any day now", his budding love affair with shrubbery or building bunkers before leaving school to become a full time Minister at 16 you'll find something to cringe about.

He also talks about nearly losing and then actually losing his sister to the cult before discovering her all over again, Neil takes you on a funny and awkward jouney with a pretty happy ending!

Neil's first book on the subject of the Jehovah's Witnesses "How To Leave A Cult" is available on Amazon and has sold literally dozens of copies.

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Numerous books have been written by ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, exposing the false claims and practices of the cult or describing their personal challenges while leaving it. But when it comes to providing help to individuals in the process of exiting and recovering from the effects of membership in the cult, few compare with EXiting the JW Cult: A Healing Handbook.

Author Bonnie Zieman was born and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, leaving after thirty years to gain the higher education that she was denied and build a professional life as a psychotherapist. She knows firsthand what it’s like to deal with the inhumane punishments inflicted on anyone who leaves the Watchtower organization—foremost among them, the complete shunning by family and friends.

Drawing from both her personal and professional experiences, Zieman provides aid, advice, encouragement, and insight into the many challenges faced by current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses who are struggling to extricate their lives from this all-controlling cult.

This empowering healing handbook is designed to be used as a reference that individuals can take down off the shelf and use to help themselves during difficult moments along their path to healing emotional wounds and coping in an unfamiliar world.

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Disfellowshipped - Documentary on Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses