January 21st, 2017
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.