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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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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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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JW Crime Story on Discovery ID August 20th

***IMPORTANT MESSAGE***

wolvesAiring Wednesday, August 20th in the United States a new documentary produced for television on Identification Discovery (ID) channel, based on Jim Kostelniuk’s book, Wolves Among Sheep: the true story of murder in a Jehovah’s Witness community.

DEADLY DEVOTION SEASON 2: the episode “Witness to Murder” will be shown Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST as well as Thursday, August 21st at 12:00 a.m. (midnight)and Sunday, August 24th at 10:00 a.m.

For those who subscribe to cable systems (Comcast, Cox, and Time Warner) the program will also be available on “On Demand” and other similar services after the show airs on ID Discovery (“Discovery ID” in some markets).


“Truth Be Told” came to Seattle, Portland

The Truth Be ToldGregorio Smith’s documentary, “Truth Be Told,” was shown in the Pacific Northwest on Monday, September 16, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, and again on September 17th in Portland, Oregon.

I only live about 50 miles south of Portland, I was privileged to attend that showing.

I enjoyed the movie thoroughly and was also able to meet a few of the principles associated with the film.

Scores of ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses and their supporters had an opportunity to see the film in its full-screen version in the Pacific Northwest region.

“Truth Be Told” Official Website