Sites for Recovering Jehovah’s Witnesses to Explore
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Over the years, I’ve noted that the quality and helpfulness of former JW sites varies quite a bit. Some are very angry, while others are more compassionate. Some are able to create spaces to share insights with one another, some are more combative with peers. Some are focused on biblical interpretation, others on issues like abuse and shunning. More recently, I’ve noticed an upsurge of writers that – like myself – have focused on what it takes to follow your own path and walk an authentic spirituality that is not particularly driven by past experiences. I’ve also found a decrease in the purple prose, and more of a matter-of-fact approach that comes with time and experience.
I developed a list of online resources for ex-JWs some time ago, but here’s a more updated list.
These cover a range of thoughts and approaches. Check them out!
- Ex-JWs Forum and Recovery Site
- Ex JWs Net
- Progressive Ex-JWs
- I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed
- Letters from the Governing Body (satire)
- Dwindling in Unbelief (problematic scriptures)
- Out of the Cocoon
- Freeminds Bloggers
- Doc Bob’s Information For and About Jehovah’s Witnesses
- Conversations with an ex Jehovah’s Witness
- Superstitions Antidote
- Saved from the Watchtower
- Love Ministries
- I’m Spiritual, Not Religious
- Don’t Be Scared! I’m Just an Apostate
- JW Files – Research on Jehovah’s Witnesses
- The Truth about Jehovah’s Witnesses
- JW Facts
- Religion News Blog
- Watchtower News
- Randy TV
- Videos about Jehovah’s Witnesses
- Death or Obedience
- The Watchman’s Post
- Tower Watcher
- Six Screens of the Watchtower
- And yes – I will give kudos to the famous (and to some, infamous) Danny Haszard. His approach is not mine, but I admire all the work he’s done to raise awareness.
Some of that is pretty dark.
Now you need something else, don’t you?
My dear friend Lin shared an article with me on disfunctional beliefs that former Jehovah’s Witnesses might still carry with them.
It probably helps that she herself is not a JW or a former JW. She really has a handle on the central problem of how some aspects of the Watchtower psychology/ideology prevent their adherents ( and post-adherents) from leaving, loving, and thriving. I think some of us would go further and reject the very word “apostate” because its connectations are too deeply ingrained.
Not only is the article itself an excellent resource for former Jehovah’s Witnesses, but I’m very impressed with the quality of the whole site – Mindful Construct. I wish that all recovering JWs had access to such an insightful and caring cognitive counsellor, someone who could interact with them in just this way. And – I was honored that my tips for former JWs article was linked as a resource!
Here, try these too:
- Kimmy Sharing Light
- Soul Meets World
- Holy Cuteness
- Symphony of Love
- Inner Realm
- Be Inspired
- Spiritual Cowgirl
- Blog of the Grateful Bear
- Blog of Revelation
- Anamchara – Website of Unknowing
Oh – and watch the sublime Sister Wendy talk about art whenever you can. She functions for me in much the same way that Mr. Rogers did when I was a child.