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  • By philipshelt on February 4, 2008

    This book is designed for Catholics who are thinking about leaving the Church to become Jehovah's Witnesses. The author does a good job in describing some of the beliefs and practices of the Jehovah's Witnesses, but primarily this book is not a in-depth examination of Jehovah's Witnesses theology. Other books such as Jason Evert's, "Answering Jehovah's Witnesses" isbn 1888992212 does a better job at that. The key benefit of this book is its focus on what a Catholic gives up to become a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. The author clearly describes what the life of a Jehovah's Witnesses is truly like and the impact that this will have on a persons spirituality and family relations. The main point of the author is that a person really gains nothing in leaving the Catholic Church to become a Jehovah's Witness. Although the Witnesses think that their religion is "better" that any other, they are looking at the matter from a very distorted viewpoint. I speak from personal experience. I left the Catholic Church and joined the Jehovah's Witnesses at the age of 16 and served as a pioneer (full-time preacher), ministerial servant (deacon) and elder for many years. I was not disfellowshipped by the Jehovah's Witnesses but through my own personal study of their history and doctrinal changes, I came to realize that the leaders of the Watchtower are not the 'faithful and discreet slave' (Matthew 24:45) as they claim to be. I resigned in 1997 (at the age of 41) and began an intense study of all major religions and their histories. During this time I associated with many evangelical churches and enjoyed fellowship with many fine Christians. I read and studied continuously and eventually, in 2004 I re-entered the Catholic Church. In retrospect, I realize that the fundamental reason that I left the Catholic Church in the first place is that I really never understood what the Catholic Church taught or believed. We were not strong Catholics, (I was never even taught how to pray the rosary) I did not go to Catholic schools and never really learned the catechism. When my father converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses, I was easy prey for their ideas. After returning to the faith, I found many excellent books that were written and published at the time that I converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses, that if I had known about them, would have cleared up many problems that I had with Catholic doctrine. In conclusion, I would say this to any Catholic who is thinking about leaving the Church to join the Jehovah's Witnesses: Please read this book! The author does not in any way misrepresent the beliefs or practices or culture of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Learn about your own faith! Don't think that by joining the Jehovah's Witnesses you are going to solve your problems. The Catholic Church is not perfect, but neither are the Jehovah's Witnesses. Also I would recommend Karl Keating's book, "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" isbn 0898701775. In addition, there is a series of 8 books entitled "Beginning Apologetics" that are excellent. They are relatively inexpensive (about $5.00) each. They clear up any doubts about the Catholic doctrines of the Trinity, The Eucharist, Mary and many others. The first book is the series is entitled, "Beginning Apologetics: How to Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith" isbn 1930084005.

  • By D. Krstulovich on August 8, 2013

    It's amazing how much a person can overlook while getting 'caught up' in something expertly presented by professional manipulators and deceivers. Very thankful that this author's courage and tenacity has helped pave the way for many more to follow. Warmly touched by her wisdom, kindness and unflinching honesty. Thank you.Growing Up In Mama's Club - A Childhood Perspective of Jehovah's Witnesses

  • By Porchpuppy on January 6, 2014

    It answers so many questions about Jehovah Witnesses. I read it years ago and just purchased a copy to share with several friends.

  • By Steven H Propp on November 2, 2011

    Louise D'Angelo is the founder and president of an approved Catholic lay apostolate called 'The Maryheart Crusaders.' She has also written books such as The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Too Busy for God? Think Again!,Come Home, the Door is Open: An Invitation to Reconciliation, and Come Climb the Ladder and Rejoice.She wrote in the Introduction to this 1981 book, "if you or a loved one finds that you need to learn more about the Witnesses, then by all means confront yourself or your loved one or friend with the information contained in this book. The very best way to do that is to focus attention upon the Jehovah's Witness ORGANIZATION and not upon the Bible. You will get nowhere if you turn the discussion into what YOU find in the Bible as opposed to what THEY show you in the Bible. They will no doubt be able to 'prove' by the Bible just about any doctrine they wish to find there. So leave the discussion of doctrine and the Bible until later, until after you have won the person over."Here are some additional quotations from the book:"I will agree that the Jehovah's Witnesses seem to give us a wonderful example of religious zeal and effort. I will also agree that many Catholics do not have these same ambitions or determinations. It does appear that this group puts to shame the 'lazy' Catholics and some members of other churches." (Pg. 23)"How was it possible for the Devil and his evil angels to remain in Heaven until Christ cast them out in the year 1914? That means that Heaven held the Devil and his evil angels throughout all the centuries of earth's history until the year 1914! ... how was it possible for the Devil to be present on earth when Christ was alive on earth?" (Pg. 51)"Even the disclaimer made on page 14 of ('Awake,' October 8, 1968)... 'Does this mean that the above evidence positively points to the year 1975 as the time for the complete end of this system of things? No man can say'---could not take away the bitter disappointment of the Witnesses who did not believe that 1975 was the 'end' for Satan's evil world." (Pg. 90)"In this same booklet (The Word who is He? according to John), the author even pits, one against the other, the Catholic Bible and a Biblical quotation written by 'a former Roman Catholic Priest'... The reader is then asked to believe the words written by the fallen-away Catholic priest instead of the words written in the Catholic Bible." (Pg. 118-119)"Also the Witnesses forget that this story (Luke 16:19-31) deals with the immortal soul, something they claim does not exist. Both the rich man and the poor man had died. If Hell meant merely the 'common grave,' and if there were no souls, why would Christ even bother to tell the story of one soul in Heaven and one in Hell?" (Pg. 145)"It is interesting to note that while the Witnesses refuse to accept the doctrine of the Trinity, they baptize in this manner:... 'in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,' they are putting the Son and the Holy Spirit on the very same level as God the Father." (Pg. 168)

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