THE NINTH REVIEW ON AMAZON.COM

 

By Mary Strauser, SAVOY, IL, USA

 

This book is a thorough history of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. It gives you background information that you need in order to make all the craziness make sense. This is information that Jehovah's Witnesses do not like to talk about.

 

Biographical article removed!

 

At this place, I will regularly write about subjects that are relevant to my book, Judgment Day Must Wait and other issues.

 

The biographical article, which was located here, I discarded because I felt that I circled too much about myself and my family's fate. Maybe I will again tell the details of this highly personal topic, if I feel the subject may be of interest to my readers--and if my readers calls for them!

 

Poul B.

Open Letter to

New York Times

 

My readers should know that it has been necessary for me to publish all the reviews on Amazon of my book, Judgment Day Must Wait, at this website, as the American newspapers (as far as I know), with the New York Times in the lead, not review POD books (Print-On-Demand books). The reasons for this seems to be very complex:

 

WHY: The newspapers in the United States review only books that can be purchased in a regular bookstore. When booksellers do not earn enough money by selling POD books, theys do not sell these books. However, there is nothing to prevent that bookstores can buy and sell a POD book. This policy, which I consider to be an obstacle to cultural exchange of ideas between countries, in this case the USA and Denmark, brakes in this way one of today's perhaps best books on the subject of Jehovah's Witnesses to be widely known and sold.

 

EFFECT: This, I think, is a disgrace to the American book industry, the American newspapers and the news coverage in general. In this way, the possibilities of selling the most dramatic and perhaps historically most informative book on the sect Jehovah's Witnesess are sabotaged because of narrow profit interests. I therefore appeal to the American book industry and the American newspaper executives that they do something about this very serious cultural problem.

 

REQUEST: I have sent a discussion article to the New York Times, in which I point out that this policy not only prevents the knowledge of Judgment Day Must Wait to reach out to potential buyers, but also destroys the cultural link between Denmark and the United States. I have called the New York Times' editorial staff to do something about this problem. I am optimistic, but do certainly not expect that my post will be accepted by the NYTimes.

 

However, to do nothing, you achieve nothing at all!

 

Sincerely,

 

Poul Bregninge

 

Denmark

 

 

See the debate of this issue on my Facebook page: Poul Bregninge / Facebook. I provide here more detailed comments to the above letter. See, however, one of my replies below, posted on my Facebook page. It explains my intention with my letter, shown above. Poul B. (Not all readers of my website have access to Facebook -- that's why!)

 

An attempt at clarification:

The problem is, as I understand it, that American newspapers do not review books that cannot be purchased in a regular bookstore -- for example in a book store on a street of New York. JDMW is a book published using 'Print-On-Demand' (POD) principle and therefore the book will be printed continuously. A brilliant and rational idea that all publishers, I think, should take advantage of. An American, who knows the entire complex of problems, wrote to me recently: Your book can be gotten easily by bookstores. However, they do not make much money on POD, so they choose not to shelve them. You might, in future, say: Newspapers do not generally review POD books because regular bookstores do not often carry them on their shelves.

 

Smal Profit

The problem can actually be described as follows: A large group of authors are excluded effectively from the book market as a consequence of the small profit on each POD book. This prevents some important books to be known and sold. This is the main problem I am trying to address with my post. Right now my greatest wish, however, is that the newspapers's editorials respond to my inquiries, including my press release. (It is, moreover, placed on my website.) I know of course that, among other NYTimes get thousands of letters every day and that only a few can be published. Now I will try to turn to some major bookstores in New York to see if I by this means can promote awareness of my book. If this proves to be an option, I would like to contribute with my own profit as a writer on the first hundred (or more) copies of JDMW. But do me this favor: Please, ask each key bookstores in your hometown about my book.

 

Very Best, Poul B.

 

Please see: http://judgmentdaymustwait.com/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/poul.bregninge

 

 

 

 

 

ILLUSTRATION: By the Danish graphic artist Palle Nielsen (died 2000). Title: Blasting of the old house!

BLASTING OF THE

OLD HOUSE

 

In occasion of the 100th anniversary of

the end of the world in 1914

 

This article is inspired by Bill Covert, USA.

(For more, see http://www.ad1914.com/, where you can read Bill's contribution)

 

In my personal story on the new web page that Gregory Schroeder is behind and which was published October 1, I discuss the possibility that the Watchtower sect, the Jehovah's Witnesses, may risk to be dissolved within a short time. In any case, JW can be depleted considerably. A kind of implosion, a collapse or breakdown. I believe that there are already clear disintegration. I have no numbers, no statistics, no graphical presentation of the possible development.

(Send some to me! -- pbpostkasse@mail.dk)

 

Social Identity

It is also possible that I and others put too much in these prospects. One must not forget the glue that holds JW's community together. It's not always just about doomsday fears, but also on the social identity. It is, perhaps, when it comes down to it, the strongest factor. But the amount of Ex-JW associations that have occurred within a relatively short time is striking. Some are created to disseminate accurate information about WTS / JW, others (most) has a promoter as the protagonist and initiator, offering a residence in the transition from JW to the Old World. Perhaps a new apocalyptic sect emerge from this heap of new anti-JW-associations. (Although I find it hard to believe.) It is hard to predict, but if one uses historical experience, anything is possible.

 

Will the JW implode soon?

The JW-sect may explode or rather implode, which it did for the Bible Students after 1914-1916, when it became abundantly clear that Russell was nothing but a charlatan who gave himself far too much importance and therefore, in order to strengthen his own sense of self-esteem, had deceived a whole generation of apocalyptic visionaries. As you know, started almost all Russell's closest associates new ridiculous sects, in which they saw themselves as the main character or even as the Lord's chosen servant in Matthew. 24:45. Al the naive idealists stood by the implosion back, stripped naked, as fools and ridiculed, and not without reason! What should they do?

 

New survivors with crazy ideas

The new man at the Borg, "the Judge JFR," started in reality from scratch -- but at the same insane basis, and today we see what all this dishonesty and amateurism led to. Disaster, disaster and again disaster! Thousands of families ruined! Disillusioned people. Deceit on deceit! Therefore it is hard for me to believe anything other than WTS and especially JW will "implode" within a relatively short time and that out of the ruins will be new absurd survivors with new crazy ideas. Failing this, it is yet another example of the absurd's amazing strength and ability to survive.

 

Don't forget the past

THE QUESTION is now: Will the WTS and JW rupture and dissolve in a relatively short time? QUESTION 2 is then: Where can the deceived and disappointed go? To some of the newer "Jesus-churches?"; to the large, old, established churches? Or just to a life of preliminary reflection on the past's mistakes and tomorrow's opportunities. But do not forget the past, it will and can indeed be crucial for the future of a fresh start after JW.

All the former Jehovah's Witnesses's personal experiences, including my own, must surely be an asset to the account, which may influence the future direction of roads and new philosophies of life. In fact, we often also established our personal philosophy, while we were members of the sect. If so, then build on this foundation.

 

New website October first 2014

Read my and the other authors' personal accounts at: http://www.ad1914.com/ (available October 1, 2014). My book, Judgment Day Must Wait, can be purchased on Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/kbsdhcb.

My homepage: http://judgmentdaymustwait.com/ Here you can read reading examples from JDMW.

 

You are welcome to comment on this post on page 3 of this website.

 

Poul Bregninge, October 7, 2014.

 

All 17 Reviews from

Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon.fr and Amazon it

Unabridged

 

 

All new reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr. of the book, Judgment Day Must Wait, which will be publish consecutive unabridged below.

 

 

NEWEST FIRST!

 

Read Kathleen Conti's first review of JDMW in this series of very positive reviews:

 

"This book "Judgment Day Must Wait" will show you firsthand what happens to people when they stop thinking for themselves and take on an Organizational Identity. (...) you may get the impression that you're reading a fictional horror story."

 

Kathleen's first review can be seen at the bottom of this row.

It should in fact be at the top because Kathleen's review was the first!

 

Poul Bregninge,

Denmark

 

Sixteenth review by former "Bethelite" -- See the bottom of this column...

 

 

 

REVIEW BY FORMER "BETHELITE"

ON AMAZON.CO.UK. (Dec. 2016)

(Quote: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Probably the most thorough history of Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and their detrimental effects

By Max on 19 Dec. 2015

Verified Purchase)

THE REVIEW

"I have recently finished reading this book from cover to cover. As an ex-Jehovah's Witness of approximately 20 years in the religion/cult (4 of them in full-time service in a branch office) I can vouch for the information presented to a large extent from my personal experiences, from other material I have read and from the general feed-back of other members of the sect I knew personally. I get the impression that the author went to great lengths not to let subjectivity cloud his narrative, often giving the benefit of the doubt as to motivation that influenced members of the religion to act in the ways that they did, often to the detriment of rank-and-file members who believed their every word.

It is a large volume, I would call it a reference work that should be in every English language library available to anyone requiring a reputable, non-sectarian account of the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. Maybe not an easy, quick read, but I think there is no need to read it as I did cover to cover. You can pick the chapters that interest you and it would still be a worthwhile publication to have at hand.

There is a lot of information on Jehovah's Witnesses online, these days. But it is not easy to put everything in chronological order to get the whole picture as to how this movement originated and how it got to where it is today. Well done to Poul Bregninge for the time and effort, which must have been considerable, to research for and put this information together for the readers' benefit!"

Discovered first Max's review in January 2016.

Thank you very much

 

Best Poul B.

 

 

 

 

Ole Lind is the author of a Danish

book on the Witnesses with the title,

"Et vidunderligt sammenhold"

(only in Danish; translated to English

it will be something like

A Wonderful Unity).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FIFTHTEEN REVIEW:

 

Judgment Day Must Wait - It's a masterpiece

By Ole Lind, Denmark, on August 18, 2015

(Ole Lind is a writer himself of a Danish book on Jehovah's Witnesses, P.B.)

If you want to know about the organization Jehovah's Witnesses, want to know about the founder Charles Taze Russel, Judge Rutherford and the many leading personalities within the organization, and if you want to know about there many failed prediction about the end of the world it is the book Judgment Day Must Wait by Poul Bregninge you should read

The book can only be described as a masterpice, it is extremely well written, and the author's many humoreus comment to the the organization's many foolishness can only make you smile.

The book Judgment Day must wait will for all time be a reference book when it comes to informations about the organization Jehovas Witnessess.

Highly recommended.

Thank you very much, "4571."

 

 

THE FORTHTEEN REVIEW:

 

The research that had to be done to write it is

amazing! It is certainly one of the best books ...

By Bonnie Ziemanon March 18, 2015

This book is such a well-written, comprehensive, detailed history of the Jehovah's Witness sect. The research that had to be done to write it is amazing! It is certainly one of the best books I have read about this repressive religion. When the author speaks about the effects and consequences of a person being a member of this controlling sect, his assessments are astute and psychologically sophisticated. As a therapist I would encourage other therapists, who work with members trying to exit this sect, to read this book for a full understanding of the client's issues.

 

 

THE THIRTEENTH REVIEW:

 

By the author Di Sergio Pollina,

Sicily, Italy - December 13, 2014:

A beautiful book

Judgment Day Must Wait is a book that must be read. Enter the worlds of Jehovah's Witnesses in depth and helps to understand from inside the real reasons that drive people to join this movement. The author, who was a Witness himself, explains, without using an accusatory tone, the reasons many people are attracted by Jehovah's Witnesses, and also the reasons every year many leave the movement. Poul Bregninge traces the history of the Witnesses from the beginning and highlights many aspects not known to the general public and does so with skill and insight. I have read many books on Jehovah's Witnesses, and I can say with certainty that this is one of the best that has been written in recent times.

Sergio.

Sergio Pollina is a former Jehovah's Witness who lives in Sicily, Italy. Sergio has held senior positions within the Jehovah's Witnesses in Rome, including instructor of the instructors at the school for the elders, at Bethel in Rome. He was at a time a preminent elder, circuit overseer alternative, corresponding to Awake, overseer of the assembly and trustee of the Society. In 1988, Sergio and four other elders ostracized and more than 40 members left the church. It was the largest mass apostasy ever in Italy. Sergio has written several books about the Jehovah's Witnesses. Sergio's review is in fact the thirteenth on Amazon (Amazon.it, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com).

 

 

THE ELEVENTH REVIEW OF JDMW

 

By Laura L. McClain, USA.

This review by Laura L. McClain, USA on Amazon.com bring the number of five-star reviews up to 11 in total (respectively, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.it).

Laura L. McClain writes on Amazon.com:

Poul goes deep into the philosophy and the deception of a cult that destroys families and lives.

 

Thank you very much, Laura.

THE TENTH REVIEW PUBLISHED AT AMAZON.CO.UK

By Dr. David J. Nicholls, England

A very informative and thought-provoking read.

I have read all the books published about the Watchtower since the 1960s, and 'Judgment Day Must Wait' is an important and most welcome addition to these. This is particularly so as it brings the situation up to date as the Watchtower Society grapples with the numerous problems that it now faces. The author, Poul Bregninge, provides a wealth of information about the genesis of the Society and skilfully deals with its history as well as examining problems such as its doctrine of 'the little flock'. The author also provides a background to his own involvement with the Society. This is an excellent work that anyone interested in the Society should read.

Definitely five stars

 

THE EIGHT REVIEW

 

I'm so glad I decided to get this book...!

 

Eigth Review on Amazon.com of Judgment Day Must Wait

 

By Suzanne Gribble, USA:

I have many resources regarding the history and teachings of Jehovah's witnesses. As a former 35-year member, I thought I had as thorough a perspective as possible of the religion spawned by the hostile corporate takeover of a religious publishing house. I'm so glad I decided to get this book.

There is a deeper perspective here than I could ever have expected. There is a new treasure on every page, especially in the form of placing old events into their historical framework, complete with relevant commentary from all sides. The presentation is factual but the irony is not lacking. Often I've written "HA!" in the margin with my highlighter.

But beyond the revelations about this gnarly little religious group which, as the author says, is "hugely well known -- far beyond what the size of the movement warrants," there is the context of the Christian religion as a whole and how its structure provided the foundation from which the Jehovah's witness movement and others began. Any student of religion and humanities would find this fascinating.

 

FACTS ON THE BOOK:

Poul Bregninge, Judgment Day Must Wait. Jehovah’s Witnesses, A Sect Between Idealism and Deceit. YBK. New York. 2013. 587 pgs. Index. Bibliography. Appendices. ISBN: 978-1-936411-23-8. According to Amazon.com, the price is: $ 32.16.

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn Boeder Johnson

 

 

Dawn B. Johnson is the American editor

of JDMW and owner of Word Edge, Stillman Valley, northern Illinois, USA.

Dawn Johnson is a published author;

her background includes a bachelor’s

degree in English and experience in

corporate and small business

environment.

THE SEVENTH REVIEW

 

By Dawn B. Johnson, Illinois, USA

 

Dawn Johnson, editor of Judgment Day Must Wait, published May 29

the seventh book review at Amazon.com. Dawn talks about her contact

with the author and the work to adapt the manuscript to American

parlance. Daw Johnsonn gave JDMW five stars. Dawn writes:

 

When I was approached to work with Poul to "Americanize" this book I was at first unsure of how I would receive the content, as it is so finely focused on this American-born "religion." In working with him I learned not only about his life with and without the JWs but also about his passion for sharing his experience and research about the organization from its roots to now. As we neared completion, he asked if I would like to add a brief commentary to the finished book; I did so and viewed it as a great honor. My remarks are found at the end of the author's introduction, as follows:

 

"As I Americanized Poul's self-translated manuscript I was reintroduced to a religion that I--like most Americans--often find at my front door and hastily dismiss. Poul's treatment of sect history, members' experiences and disquieting statistics was, without doubt, enlightening; it also braced my long-held suspicions about Christian denominations' use and misuse of biblical text for their own ends. JDMW is a sometimes-academic, often-documentary and endlessly human examination of a wholly manmade theocracy and its apocalyptic crimes of ideological and religious folly. Reading this book will make you wiser."

 

As another Amazon reviewer noted, JDMW is not a quick read for bits of information. It is comprehensive, and taken as a whole, a solid and thorough study of the JW organization. Yet it can be read in whole or part, depending on the reader's need to know, by benefit of its excellent arrangement of historical details, contemporary events and experiences, and JW organization details. For anyone with an interest in Jehovah's Witnesses, American-born religious movements, or world religions in general this book is a must-read. For current and former Witnesses reading it will be a brave and memorable undertaking that they are unlikely to regret.

 

Dave Gracey at his desk in his business, DAVE'S DISCOUNT AUTO, INC., Clearfield, Utah.

 

Dave and his wife, Mi Chu, has specialized in sales of Cars and Trucks under $6000.

THE SIXTH REVIEW --

 

By Dave Gracey, USA

 

Dave Gracey published May 15 the sixth book review at Amazon.com.

Dave gave JDMW five stars.

 

"Your entire life is built around this cult...!"

I was a member of this religion my entire life over 50 years. I was a third generation witness as my mother and grand parents were JW's. When you are raised in this religion and are taught that you are special because you will survive judgement day and live on into a new world, you do not as a rule question that. There were small hints through the years that made me wonder, but I was always told that my faith was weak or not to question things because Jehovah would take care of it in time. Your entire life is built around this cult I did not go to college or do most things normal people do because we were told the end was near, right around the corner. If I had this book available to me years ago my entire life would have been very different.

Poul has written a very compelling and well researched book that is a must read for JW'S and non JW's alike. Most JW's are not big on reading, this is actually encouraged by the Watchtower. They produce a myriad of publications for you to read, most are unreadable and not totally factual. Poul tells the history good and bad of this movement from the get go. His honesty and candidness are refreshing, even when it is favorable to the Witnesses.

I have read many ex jw books, most are quick easy reads. This book needs to be read and digested slowly. My eyes have long been opened to this cult but I have learned more history of the Watchtower in Poul's book than all the others put together. If you want your information quick and easy, this is not for you. If you want an in depth and serious history of this movement then this is the book to read. If you have some family or friends considering becoming a Witness I strongly urge you to read this book and help your loved ones avoid making a mistake that there is no easy way to undue because of their horrible policy of shunning. They will deny this but it is true and can be devastating. I speak from first hand experience, I have lost a close family member to suicide because of the shunning of this CULT.

 

 

 

 

Jan Stilson

 

Researcher and Author

Rockford, Illinois Area Writing and Editing

 

Author of: "Biographical Encyclopedia: Chronicling the History of the Church of God Abrahamic Faith," released by the publisher, Dawn Johnson,

Word Edge, Stillman Valley, Ill.

 

Current: Self-employed Author.

Previous: Rockford Register Star.

 

Education:

Rock River Christian College,

Northern Illinois University

and Oregon Bible College.

 

 

 

THE FIFTH REVIEW

 

By Janet Stilson, USA

 

Janet Stilson is book reviewer, librarian, archivist and author

of a great work on Church of God. Janet Stilson gave

Judgment Day Must Wait four stars on Amazon.com. She

has made critical book reviews for many years. Here is her

review of Judgment Day Must Wait.

 

"An Eye-Opening Read"

Poul Bregninge believes the hierarchy of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and its prophecy doctrines deserve to be held up for intense scrutiny by a global audience, and he has done just that. He begins with a thorough look at Charles Taze Russell, the movement’s 19th century founder. Using a myriad of historical sources including archival material from the Church of God General Conference, he examines Russell as a power-hungry theologian of questionable morals who established a religious organization with a hierarchy complicit in brainwashing to control its members around the world. As a consequence, this book does not paint the movement or its leaders in a fond light.

This is the third book by the author on some aspect of the failings of the Bible Student Movement. Their chief failing is in the continual need to set dates for judgment day, known as Armageddon. Failure by members who question the actions of the leaders, results in their ruthless expulsion and shunning by local church congregations. To question church authority is viewed by the hierarchy as heresy.

The author contends that the threat of judgment in Armageddon has been a kind of control over members. The fear of judgment has provoked members into compliance, and conversely has sparked continued growth of the organization world-wide. At the same time, the disillusionment by members has caused falling away, questioning, and expulsion so that millions of ex-Witnesses hide as it were around the world, some who never find their way back to faith.

The author is prolific in his excellent writing style to offer speculative theories about past motives of leaders, and to analyze some actions of the sect in a manner that some historians might consider to be outside the scope of valid historicity. Yet a case can be made that the author has every right and authority to speculate and to analyze. He and his family were themselves ejected from their congregation and shunned by their families. He writes from deep-felt hurt that in a lifetime he has not completely forgotten.

Readers who have been expelled from the Witnesses (or for that matter, any religious group on grounds of heresy) will recognize the pain of loss, the grief of death—the death of a lifestyle. In fact, Bregninge has contacted and has been contacted by many such former members, each with interesting testimonies that corroborate his own experience giving this book a broad base of credibility.

The author’s writing style is personable and readable. You might not want to read this much about the Witnesses, but if you’re searching for answers or for comfort, you will find yourself being led deeper and deeper into the center of the book until you have the whole story, and you won’t mind it a bit. When you’ve finished reading, you might find yourself returning to it time and again as a reference for names, dates and facts. For example, the author’s chapter on an exposition of Matthew 24 from the historical-critical method of interpretation explains the the Witnesses’ Armageddon theology comparing the Revised Standard Version with the New World Translation.

Dates which have been set for judgment day that failed to materialize include 1914, 1925, 1954, and 1975. The author makes a strong case that the hierarchy is presently preparing to set the date and publish all the instructional materials for supporting the year 2034. Will this be the magical date? Only time will tell.

Bregninge translated the American edition of his new book from his Danish book Dommedag må vente, (Gyldendal). and during the process added a great deal more information. Strangely, he mentions his first Danish book in the bibliography, but not his second. His next project is to translate Judgment Day Must Wait into Danish for readers at home. Bregninge resides in Copenhagen with his dear wife Birgit, a talented artist and homemaker.

This book is recommended for any student of American church history and for ex- members of the Jehovah Witnesses who are looking for answers or comfort. It may be purchased from Amazon.com.

 

FACTS ON THE BOOK:

Poul Bregninge, Judgment Day Must Wait. Jehovah’s Witnesses, A Sect Between Idealism and Deceit. YBK. New York. 2013. 587 pgs. Index. Bibliography. Appendices. ISBN: 978-1-936411-23-8. According to Amazon.com, the price is: $ 32.16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Uherek, USA.

 

 

 

The Picture:

Craig Uherek together with the world-famous author Raymond Franz and his wife, Cynthia.

The picture was taken a few years ago.

THE FOURTH REVIEW

 

By Craig Uherek, USA

 

"A must read for people of all faiths..."

 

Even though “Judgment Day Must Wait” is about Jehovah’s Witnesses, the book sparks the interest of readers of all faiths to ponder the spiritual journey and often controversial subject of religion.

Mr. Poul Bregninge’s opening in the Preface states “religion is a profoundly fascinating phenomenon that can bring out both the best and the worst in people.” How true this is observed in the Jehovah’s Witness religion!

What do we really know about the JW movement?

More importantly, one may ask, why should I even be interested?

When people think of JWs, perhaps and foremost what comes to our mind, is a religion that is known for not accepting blood transfusions, not celebrating birthdays or holidays, discouraging higher education, not saluting the national flag, and for preaching an apocalyptic message that soon the great war of Armageddon will come and end the world’s society as we know it. They claim to be “God’s channel of communication” and that only their religion will survive Judgment Day.

Yet, even though they have a long history of failed prophetic calculations and ever-changing biblical interpretations, how does this movement continue to motivate members and grow in numbers?

JDMW takes us into this community of over 7 million people, and reveals the psychological and cult-like tactics used to brainwash adherents. This book helps us to better understand how well-meaning people can become victims of delusion; suffer tragic personal consequences and ruin family relationships.

It is a well-researched book that includes but not limited to, the history of the movement, how their teachings have changed over time, and personal experiences of some members that have left the organization. I am a exJW. I was associated with the JWs for 35 years and I strongly recommend this book to all readers. It is one of the best books I ever read!

 

Craig Uherek gave JDMW five stars.

 

THE THIRD REVIEW

 

By Doug Mason, Australia

 

"A Thorough. well-documented book that I highly

recommend"

 

This review is from: Judgment Day Must Wait: Jehovah's Witnesses- A Sect Between Idealism and Deceit (Paperback)

Poul Bregninge's parents became Jehovah's Witnesses when he was 2 years old. His mother died 16 years later in 1954, refusing a blood transfusion for a life-saving operation. Five years later, Poul and his wife stopped associating with the Witnesses, which in 1964 resulted in his being interrogated by their Elders and then ostracised from the JW congregation. Since that time, Poul has been completely cut off by all members of his wife's family, who would have nothing to do with him; loyalty to the organisation must override the family. Most of them are dead, without reconciliation being reached.

 

After he was ostracised, in 1966 Poul wrote a book that exposed his thoughts and his experiences. And then he closed the door, or so he thought: for 37 years later, he pulled out his books and notes, then he researched and studied intently. The result is his book of almost 600 pages, "Judgment Day Must Wait".

 

When Poul writes of the physical and emotional hurt he experienced, it is possible to sense his emotions. He also introduces the sufferings experienced by other Witnesses, as they recount their personal stories.

 

But "Judgment Day Must Wait" is far more than personal testimonies. With objective balance, Poul recounts the story of the movement that shaped his formative years. He provides a thoroughly detailed account of the organisation's story from its formation during the 1870s through to its most recent days. Poul provides a very human and balanced account of the people who shaped the organisation and his early life. Highlights include the machinations involved with the debacle associated with 1975.

 

Poul concludes his book with a critique of the Watchtower's interpretation of chapter 24 in the Gospel of Matthew. As with the rest of his book, Poul's analysis is thorough and it is fully supported with documented evidence. He sees that the existence of the movement depends on its interpretation of that apocalyptic chapter, and he shows why its interpretation is unacceptable.

 

As an added bonus, Poul provides the texts of rarely-seen documents.

 

At each stage of his book, Poul shows that while the organisation is forever raising feverish speculation over the imminence of Armageddon, nevertheless at the same time it prepares for delay. Although it keeps pressing that the judgment is coming and is almost here, through its actions and plans the organisation denies this. The feverish bursts of speculation serve to keep JWs busy and to increase the number of JWs.

 

Poul also shows the hints that the organisation provides at the directions it might take - more speculation followed by another delay. Its history keeps repeating.

 

Poul has produced a thorough, well-documented book, one that I highly recommend.

 

Doug (Melbourne, Australia),

November 5, 2013

 

 

THE SECOND REVIEW

 

By George A. Medina, USA

 

"A Book Long ago Needed...

This is a very objective and accurate book, a must for

all those interested in the subject."

 

After studying the Watchtower (Wt.) and millennial movements, for about fifty years, I just came across with the remarkable book "Judgment Day Must Wait" by Poul Bregninge. I immediately ordered it and when it arrived, I intensely perused it.

Books by exJW's about that religion, are many, but this one is quite unique, since it is not very often that Northern Europeans write about their experience, and Bregninge's experience dates back to the early 1940s, when Russell was almost completely forgotten by action of his successor, Joseph Franklyn Rutherford (JFK) who quite dominated the scene, and Mr. Bregninge's grandparents were "true old timers" that almost went back to Russell's time.

In addition of that, his mother was an earlier victim of the Wt.'s policy on blood, that cost her life.

Scandinavians, and specifically Danish people don't look typical Wt. costumes, however, those who join the cult become very active in it. That's why Mr. Bregninge's insight is quite revealing of the many problems the Wt. is facing everywhere at the threshold of the 2014.It looks he is quite right, since the fresh released revision of the New World Translation, on appendix B1, page 1767, it says: "about 1914 C.E. Jesus hurls the serpent" Notice the word "about", thereford not in 1914!

In Denmark, the Society uses the same authoritarian methods they are famous for.

Mr. Bregninge presents a sharp and accurate image of Russell, and he also explains for the first time, the role of Mrs. Russell in the building of the Wt. and the writing of the "Studies in the Scriptures", especially of the volume IV.

About the life of JFR Mr. Bregninge follows the general view presented by the Society and H.S. Macmillan, and after that, often repeated by all writers, that JFR "paid his father for his tuition at college". (Yearbook 1975, page 81) . However, it is probably part of the "rose fairytale" they promote. Instead of that, Mr. William Kaplan in "State and Salvation", Toronto Univ. Press 1989, page 4, writes that Rutherford never went to college! N.H. Knorr just kept the pace marked by JFR.

The Franz era, is brightly presented in the book and, especially the 1975 fiasco is thoroughly analyzed to see what the next date will be, perhaps 2034. Who knows? Only the ruling so-called Governing Body, has the answer!

This book in brief, is a must for all those interested not only in the Wt. but also in millennial-apocalyptic movements and in people trapped in them. I enthusiastically recomemends it. Its publication is very welcome!.

G. Medina.

(October 29, 2013)

 

 

 

THE FIRST REVIEW

 

By Kathleen Conti, USA

 

Kathleen Conti, a well-known American ex-Witness, wrote

September 10, 2013, this five star review on Amazon:

 

Judgement Day for the Watchtower!

 

I don't have trouble reading books written by former Jehovah's Witnesses who have shown the incredible courage that it takes to write about what it was like for them personally and share the stories of the other walking wounded who were a part of this high control, intrusive, oppressive power hungry, greed driven organization called the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. It's the act of sharing my own thoughts of this book while suppressing the incredible pain that still needs to be purged from my inner core that came from being part of this religion for way too long that is difficult.

Poul Bregninge's in-depth research and innate understanding of the lifetime damage that this cult-like religion has on the normal rank and file Jehovah's Witness member is impressive to say the least. If you are reading this book from outside this organization as someone who has not experienced being a Jehovah's Witness, you may get the impression that you're reading a fictional horror story.

The truth will come out regarding what we as Jehovah's Witnesses had to endure while serving as loyal obedient servants of the Watchtower. This book "Judgment Day Must Wait" will show you firsthand what happens to people when they stop thinking for themselves and take on an Organizational Identity. Most have lost much of their lives to the Watchtower, but with hope and a lot of support we can find our true identities once more and learn to be happy once again.

It takes a person who truly cares deeply about his fellow man to write a book like this. Thank you Poul Bregninge for being that person.

 

 

REVIEW BY FORMER "BETHELITE"

ON AMAZON.CO.UK.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Probably the most thorough history of Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and their detrimental effects

By Max on 19 Dec. 2015

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THE REVIEW

I have recently finished reading this book from cover to cover. As an ex-Jehovah's Witness of approximately 20 years in the religion/cult (4 of them in full-time service in a branch office) I can vouch for the information presented to a large extent from my personal experiences, from other material I have read and from the general feed-back of other members of the sect I knew personally. I get the impression that the author went to great lengths not to let subjectivity cloud his narrative, often giving the benefit of the doubt as to motivation that influenced members of the religion to act in the ways that they did, often to the detriment of rank-and-file members who believed their every word.

 

It is a large volume, I would call it a reference work that should be in every English language library available to anyone requiring a reputable, non-sectarian account of the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. Maybe not an easy, quick read, but I think there is no need to read it as I did cover to cover. You can pick the chapters that interest you and it would still be a worthwhile publication to have at hand.

 

There is a lot of information on Jehovah's Witnesses online, these days. But it is not easy to put everything in chronological order to get the whole picture as to how this movement originated and how it got to where it is today. Well done to Poul Bregninge for the time and effort, which must have been considerable, to research for and put this information together for the readers' benefit!

Discovered first your review in January 2016.

 

Thank you very much, Max.

Best Poul B.

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