Category Archives: The Friday Column

The Friday Column: Redwood’s Reflections

The Prisoner Village

A memory appeared on my Facebook page. from four years ago today, June 8, 2014. This was my very first post, as I had never used Facebook. I joined to aid my recovery process after leaving the Jehovah’s Witness organization. … Continue reading


The Friday Column: From Self-Injury to Self-Respect: Lisa’s Story

I was born and raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was an identity that was given to me. Some people embrace the religion handed down to them. Others like myself never felt fully settled, never felt like they could … Continue reading


The Friday Column: Whatever Happened to Watchtower’s Tact?

Watchtower’s book Benefit From Theocratic Ministry School Education, which instructs Witnesses on how to discuss their faith with others, features the chapter “Tactful yet Firm.” In the introductory box, “What do you need to do?” it states  “Show discretion in … Continue reading


The Friday Column: Are you still in the cage?

Growing up within the JW world, particularly as a woman, you got used to boundaries, to barriers, and to being told all the things you CANNOT do. From pre-marital sex, to seeking higher education, to flipping a pancake on Shrove Tuesday, … Continue reading


The Friday Column: Outside the bubble

Last month marked three years since I resigned as Ministerial Servant, tossed out my neck-tie and walked away from the religion I had known virtually all my life. I exited a controlling cult but in many ways, I entered a … Continue reading


The Friday Column: Five ways my life has changed for the better since I left my religion

Since deciding to walk away from the Jehovah’s Witness (JW) religion last year, there have been many changes to my life. Some of these changes, like being shunned and cast aside by family and friends, have been difficult to deal with. … Continue reading


The Friday Column: To the newly shunned

Like many ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, members of my family will soon be attending the 2016 convention entitled “Remain Loyal to Jehovah.” Dubbed #worstconventionever by many in the ex-JW community, this convention features a number of videos and talks that will serve … Continue reading


The Friday Column: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Doubts

Like myself, my wife was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and has always loved reading. When she was around 7 years old, she was reading through a science book and came across a chart detailing the evolution of the horse through … Continue reading


The Friday Column: What it means to be a Jehovah’s Witness

There’s been a lot of buzz lately surrounding the new video release from featuring the characters “Caleb and Sophia.” The video series is called “Be Jehovah’s Friend” and aims to indoctrinate children into the Witness religion. Watchtower has obviously watched … Continue reading


The Friday Column: No Girls Allowed – Growing up as a Female Jehovah’s Witness

Jehovah's Witness Leadership - Girls need not apply

From JW Survey contributor Brooke No girls allowed – a common theme throughout my childhood; raised with all older boy cousins, I had to learn to stick up for myself. I fought tooth and nail for my spot in the video game room, just to watch them play. Just to feel like a … Continue reading


Update: JW Survey needs YOU!

Last Friday, we put up an article opening the doors to submissions from you, our readers. We have had a number of excellent submissions since then, covering a wide variety of topics. On behalf of the entire JW Survey team, … Continue reading


The Friday Column: JW Survey needs YOU!

Would you like to help make a difference? We are looking to expand our voluntary writing team in order to keep pace with the increasing amount of Watchtower related news stories, and also to keep pace with our growing community … Continue reading


The Friday Column: Why I don’t want to destroy Watchtower

I don’t want to bring down the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. That might have a couple of you blinking in suprise. If you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses reading this, you may have been told that so called “apostates” … Continue reading