Lloyd Evans New Book Now Available

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Lloyd Evans (AKA “John Cedars”) has just announced that his first book is now available on Amazon.com. The original paperback edition of The Reluctant Apostate was released in late December (2016) just before the holiday season. That version was mailed or sent by carrier to a rather large group of JWsurvey.com readers and Facebook friends who prepaid for the book and shipping of the initial version.

Now that the book is available on Amazon.com, new fans of “John Cedars” and his website, JWsurvey.org, can order their books at a very reasonable price. For those of you with Amazon.com PRIME accounts, free delivery is available in just 3 to 4 days.

At the moment, only the paperback version is available. A Kindle version is due to be released in just a matter of weeks. At this time there is no confirmation as to when the book will be available to bookstores and other mass market outlets.

The book is quite an achievement by any measurement. In over 800 pages, Evans covers the historic high points and biographical information about some of the leaders of the Watchtower Society and prominent Jehovah’s Witnesses in an almost encyclopedic way. Unlike some earlier books that cover this subject, Evans provides numerous footnotes and references to his sources or to other pertinent facts. The footnotes are myriad, and yet not overwhelming – he does not footnote every single fact or event, especially those that are generally well known to both JWs and former JWs.

Evans also shares his own experiences as an active and dedicated young Jehovah’s Witness from a very involved Witness family. From his early years, he was active in the Witnesses’ door-to-door ministry. He pioneered and was moving up within the local Kingdom Hall hierarchy. How and why he left the religion in spite of severe and devastating consequences to him and his family, is the personal thread that runs throughout the book.

Evans does an excellent job presenting his personal story within a critique of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their New York-based organization, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society.  His collection of facts, history, and quotes from the religion’s leaders and critics supports his treatment of the subject.

Evans knew when he took on this project that the final project would be subject to severe criticism by both those who support and live under the guidance of the Watchtower – and those who may feel that he did not go far enough in revealing their errors and missteps.

I will provide a further review of Evans’ “The Reluctant Apostate” in future posts. For now I just want to get the word out that this is a book that you will not want to miss reading. It’s one of the best on this subject ever released to a mass market.

3 comments on “Lloyd Evans New Book Now Available”

    • David Angeletti
    • January 21, 2017

    Well done Lloyd! May this book help thousand of people to get free from Watchtower’s chains.

    • Marina grigoreva
    • April 21, 2017

    I like this! Marina grigoreva. Keep going!

  1. Charles – name calling is not polite or appreciated. It’s also not clear what the point of your rant really is. You obviously have not read Lloyd Evans book and have chosen to just post your rant to muddy the waters. While Lloyd’s book is not perfect in all respects, he does a good job for his first effort at writing a rather extensive and even-handed history of the Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses. The question you should answer is why you are so adamant in supporting the Watchtower organization and Jehovah’s Witnesses, and yet admit that you have never submitted to baptism in spite of being raised in the religion. In my opinion, your lack of commitment is exactly because you do not want “to be forced to do anything” by the Watchtower organization. You know that your description of Jehovah’s Witness attitudes toward personal freedoms is exactly the opposite of the facts. Those of us who were Jehovah’s Witnesses for many years and attended meetings and conventions can attest to the facts that there really isn’t that much love within the organization. The “truth” is that if shunning and disfellowshipping were not major features of the Watchtower’s control over its members, that probably half of Jehovah’s Witnesses would leave the religion or stop going to meetings. The theology is defective, their rules and regulations are oppressive, and the Watchtower’s constant pleas for more money are burdensome to rank and file JWs. I recommend that everyone reading this rent or go to the movie called “Apostacy” currently available on Amazon. The film really paints a picture that is a realistic portrayal of what life is like for young JWs. It’s not pretty…

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