EX-JW.com: Update

This website recently was updated and is continuing to be modified through major reconstruction and redesign. Many components of the site are changing that will make it easier to read and to update. Like so many other projects, due to time constraints and myriads of other projects that I am involved in, require me to split my available time. In this website’s case, I’ll have to do it in small bits and bites (and bytes) to accomplish everything. I am still getting familiar with all of the new features and processes involved with the theme and layout. You may notice some rather awkward-looking pages and layouts until I get it completed.

Please bear with me as I have a dozen other projects going at the same time. At the same time, with a little hunting, you should be able to find most of the articles previously published on this site since it first appeared.

Some History

Ex-JW.com made its first appearance as a simple blog in January 2009. The first few versions were quite crude and offered very little at beyond the standard group of articles that described my early involvement with Jehovah’s Witness. 

I had grandiose plans for the website in those early years. But I soon realized that so many other ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses who were also publishing quality websites. Many of them were critiquing the Watchtower in ways that were on point and effective. They were doing a much better job than I could ever expect to do. They had set the bar very high for me.

Over time, I managed to find time to publish a few articles each month based on current events. I also published a few that critiques the Watchtower Society and its leaders. I still understood that other “competitive sites” were doing that in ways that did not fit my style or interests. 

I decided to redirect my efforts toward helping other ex-JW web reporters. I helped Richard Kelly set up his first website that focused mainly on his family and his personal activities.  He suggested that I create some websites for some of his acquaintances. I took on a few of those projects that were, for the most part, personal or commercial and not related to anything connected to the Watchtower or Jehovah’s Witnesses.

My goal for EX-JW.com was that it would become my version of an equivalent publication that would be an ex-Jehovah’s Witness version of  Readers Digest, Time magazine, and National Enquirer all rolled into one. It would be designed for a readership made up of former and current Jehovah’s Witnesses and their friends and families. It would also provide additional “fodder” for other Watchtower critics.

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This website recently was updated and is continuing to be modified through major reconstruction and redesign. Many components of the site are changing that will make it easier to read and to update. Like so many other projects, due to time constraints and myriads of other projects that I am involved in, require me to split my available time. In this website’s case, I’ll have to do it in small bits and bites (and bytes) to accomplish everything. I am still getting familiar with all of the new features and processes involved with the theme and layout. You may notice some rather awkward-looking pages and layouts until I get it completed.

Please bear with me as I have a dozen other projects going at the same time. At the same time, with a little hunting, you should be able to find most of the articles previously published on this site since it first appeared.

Some History

Ex-JW.com made its first appearance as a simple blog in January 2009. The first few versions were quite crude and offered very little at beyond the standard group of articles that described my early involvement with Jehovah’s Witness. 

I had grandiose plans for the website in those early years. But I soon realized that so many other ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses who were also publishing quality websites. Many of them were critiquing the Watchtower in ways that were on point and effective. They were doing a much better job than I could ever expect to do. They had set the bar very high for me.

Over time, I managed to find time to publish a few articles each month based on current events. I also published a few that critiques the Watchtower Society and its leaders. I still understood that other “competitive sites” were doing that in ways that did not fit my style or interests. 

I decided to redirect my efforts toward helping other ex-JW web reporters. I helped Richard Kelly set up his first website that focused mainly on his family and his personal activities.  He suggested that I create some websites for some of his acquaintances. I took on a few of those projects that were, for the most part, personal or commercial and not related to anything connected to the Watchtower or Jehovah’s Witnesses.

My goal for EX-JW.com was that it would become my version of an equivalent publication that would be an ex-Jehovah’s Witness version of  Readers Digest, Time magazine, and National Enquirer all rolled into one. It would be designed for a readership made up of former and current Jehovah’s Witnesses and their friends and families. It would also provide additional “fodder” for other Watchtower critics.

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Ex-JW.com is back…finally!

My apologies to all my old friends and followers after nearly three years of doing very little with this website. I’ll try to explain why – and come up with some worthless excuses – a little further down this page.

While I have not paid much attention to this website for so many months, that does not mean I have been idle. While my wife would love for me to give her more attention and spend more time in front of the TV watching the latest “Adventures of Trump” with her, I prefer to waste my precious time chatting with friends like Barbara Anderson, Richard Kelly, and keeping up with the latest going on with my three grown daughters and their families.

A lot has happened over the past couple of years since I stopped updating this website. While I’ve let the grass on this site grow tall, I have continued to edit, write, and contribute from time to time on Barbara’s WatchtowerDocuments.org. I have to say that has been my greatest privilege since leaving the Witnesses and the Watchtower organization over 50 years ago.

Let me make one thing clear: I know a lot more now about Jehovah’s Witnesses, their history, leaders, publications, and constant changes in doctrine, preaching methods, and organization – even with all their constant changes and reorganization – than I ever did as an active member.

The good news for you, my dear readers, is that you get to benefit by learning from my mistakes, sharing my experiences, and discovering new facts and truths about the Watchtower organization.

It’s impossible to get your hands around all of the news going on in JW and Watchtower world. Every month

If you are not a Jehovah’s Witness you should expect to still gain some enlightenment and be entertained by the sheer volume of material that exists on this website. And Barbara and I plan to open our vaults and share our library of documents, books, and other historic materials and share them with you. Plan to be amazed, baffled, and overwhelmed with all the information we have in our collections and libraries.

Warning: I will probably change and add to the format of this website several times before I get it right (or at least to the point where I consider it acceptable. I apologize for letting it “go to pot” and decay so poorly. But, like I wrote above, Barbara has kept me very busy – and things are going to be even more hectic in the months to come.

So please – come visit occasionally and feel free to share your comments with me. You can add comments to any page or article. I will soon be adding a new email address that you can use to contact me. You can also message me by leaving a comment on any recent article posted on WatchtowerDocuments.org.

Watch for some amazing new things to be announced in the near future. Leave me a message below if you want to share your story or make suggestions.

John Hoyle


Lloyd Evans New Book Now Available

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.

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JW.org: “Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not Shun”

The Watchtower Society’s website, JW.org, now claims that “Those who were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses but no longer preach to others, perhaps even drifting away from association with fellow believers, are not shunned.” [LINK]

This is an amazing statement. It’s actually so amazing that tens of thousands of former Jehovah’s Witnesses will be surprised to know this amazing fact – especially since most of their former JW friends and family have indisputably shunned them for years – and for some, decades.

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Celebrate 1914 to 2014: End of an “Error”

A Message from Barbara Anderson. . .

Announcing a Website to Celebrate 1914 to 2014: The End of an Error for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

On October 2, 1914, Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Watch Tower, announced that “The Gentile Times have ended!”

None of his expectations about 1914 came true, but Jehovah’s Witnesses have continually accepted updates to the “1914 doctrine, allowing them to cling to that date for 100 years. But the Watch Tower’s grip on 1914 is coming loose.

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Review of “Witness to Murder” TV Documentary

JamesK2James Kostelniuk, author of Wolves Among Sheep, has written a review of the ID Discovery cable television show about the horrific murder of his ex-wife and children. You can read his review and additional information at:

http://watchtowerwatch.com/blog/behind-the-scenes-witness-to-murder

Feel free to comment on the show if you have seen it. It will soon be available on most cable system “On Demand” systems and will eventually be available on Amazon.com Prime video services and other video streaming sites.

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