The other day I received an email from a good friend, Barbara Anderson. Barbara wanted to let me know about a book on JW history by Ex-Witness Poul Bregninge. Originally published in Danish in 2006, Judgment Day Must Wait has now been made available in English.
The book presents a complete history of the Watch Tower Society’s ever-changing ideology, and explains why it has retained its obsession with the coming of Armageddon down through the decades.
Poul grew up as a Witness but left the organization in 1959 before formally severing ties five years later. Poul published his first book Jehovas Vidner under anklage (Jehovah’s Witnesses Accused) in the mid-Sixties. Judgment Day Must Wait is a reworking of that original that benefits from his subsequent research. Edited with the American reader in mind, it discusses key Watchtower developments right up to the present.
Apart from its detailed summary of Witness history, Judgment Day Must Wait was also the first book to introduce the world to Barbara’s remarkable story, which was written in the form of a chapter entitled “Discoveries of Barbara Anderson.” As Barbara acknowledges, “If it wasn’t for Poul’s request back in 2005 to write a chapter for his book, I don’t think I’d have ever written my life story.”
Barbara’s story has since been available for some time on her website, WatchtowerDocuments.com. It has helped hundreds of people, including me and my wife, to learn about Watchtower’s firmly entrenched problems with child abuse. Indeed it was because of Watchtower’s stubborn refusal to protect children that Barbara was disfellowshipped in 2002 following her participation in an NBC report on the issue. She has been shunned by her son ever since.
Barbara’s story is now being featured, along with many other interesting facets of Witness history, in a book that will prove useful for anyone seeking a rounded perspective on the organization.
Judgment Day Must Wait is available via Amazon on this link.