Tom Harley loves self-deprecating humor. He also likes the kind of humor where you make fun of yourself. He loves hyperbole. He also likes wild exaggeration to make a point.
He is good at zany storytelling. He is good at explaining Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is not good at anything else. He has combined these three skills to write “Tom Irregardless and Me,” a romping and riotous defense of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their place in today’s world, the free-ranging "No Fake News but Plenty of Hogwash," and the work he considers his most important: "Dear Mr. Putin - Jehovah's Witnesses Write Russia." (in safe and unsafe version)
Fire leveled Rome in 64 CE. Suspicion fell upon Nero. He shifted blame to the new religion of Christianity, it’s members “hated for their enormities,” says Tacitus. They were hunted and killed in heinous ways, History is not now repeating itself—but under the guise of a modern "anti-cult" movement that extends the age-old derogatory C-word to new targets, it is beginning to rhyme a little.
This book is identical to Dear Mr. Putin – Jehovah’s Witnesses Write Russia, save only that all quotations from Watchtower publications have been removed, making it safe to read in Russia – that is, unless and until the entire book is declared extremist there. No need to download this if you can safely read the other.
In early 2017, Jehovah’s Witnesses were invited just once to write Vladimir Putin. Within two months, up to 49 million letters had been sent. They weren’t all to Putin – other officials were identified – but his was the most visible name. Trouble was not averted, yet Russia came to know of one nation on earth where every citizen cares deeply about every other.
If one has been a Witness of Jehovah long enough there are endless people-watching stories to tell and herein are many. From screamingly funny to heart-wrenchingly poignant, and sometimes both at once. Some themes timely. Others timeless. Essays, snippets, short stories and micro stories clustered around central themes. A few delicious rants but not a single harangue.
Starting with Prince, a fierce and frolicking defense of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A riotous romp through their way of life. “We have become a theatrical spectacle to the world, and to angels and to men,” the Bible verse says. That being the case, let’s show some theater! Let’s skewer the liars who slander the Christ! Let’s pull down the house on the axis lords! Let the seed-pickers unite!
Resurrection Day - A New World Novel
on Dec. 22, 2016
For anyone whose ever envisioned the earthly resurrection, try Bill's imagination on for size. See how your favorite verses might play out. Speculative fun. If you don't like speculation, he cautions, maybe you should stay away. I say, be there and find out. If he's right, you can high-five him. If he's wrong, you can chew him out. He won't mind.
Redefining Homeopathy Volume I
on June 08, 2018
The author lucked out, here. I also have writings on Smashwords, and in tending to my own, I noticed his on the general list. (Every Smashwords author hopes a book or two will be sold in this way)
I love the topic, having profoundly benefited from homeopathy in the past. I love the approach - that of a fellow, though unknown, blogger compiling posts from a layman's opening position - for that would be mine as well.
I am distressed that homeopathy is under assault, for what I consider ill-informed reasons. I am simply assuming the book will be good, and look forward to the read. It is the type of book I have imagined myself writing, and now I don't have to. - Tom Harley