This book was written to was written to complement the author’s 1986 book entitled Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse. His stated goal is to “help readers quickly understand the basics of the group’s history, changing doctrinal stances, and distinctive ideas.”
In the preface, Reed explains that Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses Subject by Subject is not merely his earlier book reshuffled into a different format. Rather, he added new material in response to new Watchtower arguments. He notes that some of these issues don’t lend themselves well to the earlier verse-by-verse format.
In the opening section, “How to Use This Book,” Reed recommends using the book in different ways depending on your purpose. If you are looking to learn about the Watchtower religion, you can read the book cover to cover. If you are currently dialoguing with Witnesses on a particular subject, you can quickly find the subject in the book (its headings are in alphabetical order). You can also quickly move from one section of the book to related entries by utilizing the cross-references. Continue reading
This 83-page paperback is part of a Zondervan series of small books on cults. In order to include a large amount of content in a short book, the book is written in outline format. Continue reading
When Wilbur Lingle was pastoring a church in Japan, Jehovah’s Witnesses began converting some members of his congregation. He engaged the Witnesses in conversation himself but made little progress as he tried to reason with them on various doctrinal issues.
After hearing the testimonies of a number of ex-Witnesses, Lingle came to the conclusion that the most effective approach would be to focus on the unreliability of the Watchtower organization. He states, “As I continued to deal with as many J.W.’s as possible, I kept coming up with more thought-provoking questions to ask the Witnesses concerning the Watchtower organization.” (p. 11) Continue reading
Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah’s Witnesses is a 458-page paperback that has sold over 100,000 copies.
Each chapter deals with a specific doctrinal issue. It begins with a summary of Watchtower teaching on that topic. It then discusses and refutes the major arguments made by the Watchtower and explains and defends the Christian alternative. The chapter then presents highlighted “Ask…” segments, questions the reader can ask the Witnesses to show them the flaws in the Watchtower’s reasoning.
Rhodes then draws upon and expands on witnessing do’s and don’ts recommended by the late cult expert, Dr. Walter Martin. This five-page concluding chapter gives the reader four do’s and two don’ts regarding witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Reasoning From the Scriptures With the Jehovah’s Witnesses contains the following chapters: Continue reading
How to Rescue Your Loved One from the Watchtower differs from Reed’s other books in that its primary focus is not on doctrinal understanding but on witnessing do’s and don’ts. It has one main approach—giving the reader a step-by-step method for showing the Watchtower organization’s unreliability by documenting its changes in teachings on a small number of issues. Continue reading