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NUCLEAR SCIENTIST
ESCAPES FROM WATCHTOWER
 
 
 
 
 
TITLE:              HELD BY THE WATCHTOWER:  SET FREE BY CHRIST
 
AUTHOR:         SUSAN THORNE
 
PAGES:            192 Pages.  
 
COVER:           Softcover.
 
EDITION:        1st edition. 1998.
 
CONDITION:   Brand New.

 

HELD BY THE WATCHTOWER:  SET FREE BY CHRIST is the story of Dr. Michael and Susan Thorne's 15 year journey into and eventually out of the WatchTower Cult of Jehovah's Witnesses The Thorne's were not the typical married couple who convert to the WatchTower, nor was their conversion process(es) typical of most converts. The Thornes were "Trophy Converts"; they were both highly intelligent, and they were both highly educated.

Susan was a college graduate, and had been a Schoolteacher (the reason this book is so well written) prior to taking a career break to start a family. It was while she was between their first and second child that the JWs got their hooks in her through their door-to-door solicitations.

Michael was a Nuclear Physicist, with a Ph.D. At one time, he worked for "an international nuclear energy agency". During the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster episode, Mike even appeared on BBC's Panorama as an expert commentator. The JWs were so proud of their conquest of Michael that it was announced at the assembly where he was baptized that a "nuclear physicist" had just been baptized that day. The JW audience "ooohed" and "aaahed". 

Susan opens the book with this explanation:

When I answered the door to find two Jehovah's Witnesses standing there, armed with WATCHTOWER magazines, I was an ideal target.  I was in my mid-twenties, a mother, concerned for the future and discontented with the present.  I was curious about spiritual matters, ready to argue, but without any real knowledge to back up what I was saying. ... Most of the members of my family were churchgoers, .. and I occasionally read the Bible, so I felt myself well qualified to deal with anyone with opposing views. ..  So, I was actually in a very vulnerable position - curious about religion, vaguely aware of my spiritual need, and very ignorant of the gospel of grace.  Really, I was just waiting for a cult to come and claim me!

Susan studied for nearly 2 years before she was able to convince Mike to study with her. A year later they both completed the 80 Questions in preparation to be baptized. However, Mike backed out the week of the assembly. It would be another 3 years before he reinitated his study, and completed the expanded Questions a second time. However, it was not until after he was baptized that he began to fully pick up on how the WatchTower Society misquoted scientists and misused scientific data to prove WatchTower doctrines. Like many JWs both before and after him, the beginning of the end was when he started writing to the Society to point out their half-truths and outright lies.

Susan's background in education also allowed her to see the WatchTower Society's hypocrisy and shortcomings when it came to child-rearing, education, and other facets of family life. She includes many insightful observations in the book.

HELD BY THE WATCHTOWER is an extremely well-written book packed full of information about the Jehovah's Witnesses. The author does an excellent job of weaving into the autobiography all pertinent details of WatchTower theology and WatchTower culture. This book is a worthwhile purchase for ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE WATCHTOWER OR JWs. It is an excellent source of information for anyone inexperienced with WatchTower conversion techniques and doctrinal teachings, especially someone studying with the JWs. The author discloses their "tricks", and refutes their doctrines. It is also an excellent guidebook for any current JW who is starting to question WatchTower teachings. Additionally, it is so well formatted that it could be used as a "blueprint" for other ex-JWs working on their own life stories. It is an shame that this book was never published in hardcover.


 

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