March 4, 2018
– Release of Crisis of Conscience, fifth edition 2018 by NuLife Press.
I am Deborah Dykstra and I am the copyright owner of all the works of Raymond Franz. I am pleased to announce the publishing of Crisis of Conscience, fifth edition 2018.
What formats are Crisis of Conscience available in? And where can I get it?
Crisis of Conscience is now available in hardback, paperback and eBook formatting. The formatting of the book has been updated to allow for Crisis of Conscience to be published in digital format allowing it to be available as an eBook, readable in Kindle, iBook, Nook, Kobo, and more.
On March 4, 2018 the process of making Crisis of Conscience available worldwide started to move through distribution markets to encircle the globe. Between now and the end of May, you will find Crisis of Conscience available in one market after another in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, just to highlight a few. By that time, Crisis of Conscience is expected to be available to 40,000 outlets worldwide as well as Universities and public libraries.
Below are a couple of links to purchase the book in the USA however the books should be freely available almost everywhere presently, soon or by the end of May 2018.
Barnes & Noble:
Will there be an Audio Book?
Plans are being worked out that sometime by September 2018, the Audio Book will be in the process of being recorded and produced. I am already interviewing voice actors in order to choose a professional with a voice that reflects Raymond Franz character and demeanor. Once the Audio Book is finished, I intend on making it as widely available as possible globally.
What is in Crisis of Conscience, fifth edition 2018?
Within the 608 pages of this edition you will find the entire manuscript of Raymond Franz’s 2008 printing along with four additional parts:
The 1st added part is:
Foreword by David Henke
— David Henke is a Christian apologist that specializes in the field of Jehovah’s Witnesses, issues of mind control, spiritual abuse, and legalism. He is the author of the Spiritual Abuse Recovery Workbook, and founder of Watchman Fellowship, Inc.
The 2nd added part is:
Appendix B contains excerpts from Raymond Franz second book In Search of Christian Freedom. Since there are several references in the footnotes to pages in this book, the copyright owner has included all 30 of these referred to pages for the convenience of the reader.
The 3rd added part is:
Where is the “Great Crowd” Serving God? by Jon A. Mitchell, was a former secretary to the Governing Body
— As a secretary to the Governing Body, and member of the Service Department, Jon Mitchell observed events during and immediately after Raymond Franz resignation from the Governing Body and watched numerous people moved, demoted or disfellowshipped. As a result Jon Mitchell authored a booklet called “Where is The “Great Crowd” Serving God?” This is an account of Jon’s observations and his personal research from 1980 to 1981 while serving at Brooklyn Bethel. This booklet has been included in its entirety in Appendix C.
The reason this booklet is included in Appendix C is because Raymond Franz had intended to include it in the Appendix of a future edition. That has now happened.
The 4th part added is:
Epilogue, The Copyright Owner’s Story by Deborah Dykstra
Over the past couple of years Deborah has received hundreds of emails concerning the copyright, her relationship with the Franz’ and her personal history with Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is here in The Copyright Owner’s Story, that she answers those questions.
— Deborah Dykstra is a former regular pioneer and temporary special pioneer. She shares her personal journey of discovering that Jehovah’s Witnesses were not the sound foundation that she thought they were, realizing instead that it is Jesus Christ himself that is the real “truth” and foundation to life as a Christian. Thereafter, she shares how she embarked on a 25-year friendship with Raymond and Cynthia Franz, along with anecdotal stories about their lives.
What does the future hold for other publications of Raymond Franz?
I have a very strong commitment and dedication to republish all of Raymond Franz’ works, in multiple languages and in multiple formats as I embrace the future.
Nevertheless, I am very sorry to report to you that in the midst of my joy over Crisis of Conscience being republished, there is also sadness. Along my journey since working on the republication of the book, I have endured the heartache of my husband’s declining health, and fight for his life. On May 11, 2017, my darling husband, Dan Dykstra lost his battle for his life and died. He was not well for a very long time. The past two years of his life were especially hard. Yet everyday I had with him was a treasure. I feel I lost the love of my life and a great man. As grief stricken as I was when Dan died, within days of the funeral, I went back to work on the task of republishing Crisis of Conscience, knowing how very many people can and will benefit from this book. Now that it is republished I am asking people to give me some time and space to grieve for my darling husband Dan. I need to get beyond the one-year anniversary of his death. And in light of how I am feeling, I will plan to take the summer off for myself as well. After that, once again, I assure all that are interested, that I am dedicated to republish all of Raymond Franz’ works in multiple languages and multiple formats. However for now, I wish you well, and I hope you greatly enjoy Crisis of Conscience, 5th edition 2018.
** Please note –
All rights reserved worldwide by the copyright owner, Deborah Dykstra. No company other than NuLife Press may publish Crisis of Conscience, fifth edition 2018, in any format. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means – electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, or other – except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.
December 12, 2015
I am Deborah Dykstra, the sole owner of the copyrights of Raymond Franz’ works. Here you will find what I have been doing since acquiring the copyright. On the Internet many have expressed assumptions about me and disparaging uninformed statements have been made against me. Now I will tell my story.
I have been the copyright owner of the writings of Raymond Franz since June 1, 2013. At that time Cynthia Franz was still alive. She was selling both of her late husbands books on Amazon.com. I assisted her to do that. She asked me to wait to publish any additional books until she had sold her entire stock of books. I was more than happy to comply.
Even though the books were readily available on Amazon.com for under $30, a copyright infringer started selling pirated copies on Amazon.com using CreatSpace to produce them. They were also proliferating the books on multiple websites all over the world. The infringement was pervasive. The perpetrators priced their copies just below what Cynthia was selling hers for. The sales of her books went away overnight. When I discovered this infringement Cynthia was very upset, feeling that her late husband and his works were not being honored. Nor were his wishes or his widow being honored. She directed me to do whatever I could do to insist any and all copyright infringers would be called upon to “Cease and Desist” their activity. I promised her I would.
I hired a copyright attorney in August 2013. He said that until the U.S. Library of Congress actually posted my June 2013 transfer of copyrights, he could not bring any infringement to trial in Federal Court or protest copyright infringement with Amazon.com or CreatSpace. Additionally, I learned that a basic registration of a copyright takes about three months however a transfer takes one and a half to two years to complete. Since my copyrights were a transfer, I would need to wait a long time. I informed the copyright attorney that I had turned in all the necessary paperwork to the U.S. Library of Congress in June 2013. Now we needed to wait to take legal action. Upon the advise of my legal counsel, I became silent about the copyright, publishing books etc. Many people were frustrated that I was not answering their questions about the copyrights. The perpetrators had been very careful to shield their identity. Since I had no idea who the copyright infringers were, my attorney did not want me to say anything to anyone.
Prior to my discovery of the infringer on Amazon.com, which included many websites, I had my sights on a very reputable publisher. With the pervasiveness of the infringement they were no longer a viable option for me to pursue. The publishers are uninterested in a complicated situation.
While I waited for the U.S. Library of Congress to post the transfer of the copyrights, Cynthia shared with me all the trouble Ray had had with copyright infringement over the years. As soon as he would put an end to one infringement, another one would pop up. This astounded me because Ray always published his books at a very reasonable price and shipped them out one by one himself. There were ample books available through Ray at a reasonable price. So why were people infringing on his rights? I wish I had the answer. However even with the above history, Cynthia was heart broken over how blatant the perpetrators on Amazon.com were and insisted that I do everything I feasibly could to bring an end to it. Once again, I promised her I would.
On December 29, 2013, Cynthia Franz died without resolution on the infringement on Amazon.com. I am sorry that she did not have that peace of mind before she died.
Nevertheless, in April 2015 the U.S. Library of Congress had registered the transfer of the copyrights to me. Now my copyright attorney was willing to send out a “Cease and Desist” letter to anyone and take it, if need be to Federal Court. He sent out a letter to Amazon.com and they revealed the infringer. He then sent a letter to the infringer. By the first week in May 2015, the perpetrator of the infringement on Amazon.com had agreed not to infringe on the copyright henceforth. Nevertheless, there was never restitution paid because of insolvency on the part of the perpetrator. I had paid out thousands of dollars in legal fees to stop the illegal activity without getting any money back. Where I do miss the money I paid out, I am not sorry I spent it stopping the infringer. If need be, I will do it again.
It is very important to me to preserve the integrity of Raymond Franz’ works. When people purchase or receive in some form an illegal copy, how do they know for sure if all the words that are written are what Raymond Franz wrote? If someone is so blatant as to justify infringement of a copyright, how do we know they will stop there? Is the story the same? Have any of the words been removed or added? This was a big concern of both Raymond and Cynthia Franz. It is of great concern to me.
With the Amazon.com infringer stopped the first week of May 2015, I had plans to move very quickly to seek publishing of Crisis of Conscience. However before I could do that, I became very ill. From May 2nd to September 27th of this year, I could not eat solid food. The saga all ended with surgery on September 23rd. I am happy to report that since my surgery, I have been able to eat solid food. I have gained 12 much needed pounds as well as strength. I have high hopes that I will be back to myself in a few months. In fact, it has been a couple of weeks now that I feel strong enough to take on the task of getting Crisis of Conscience published. I have been weighing my options.
Nevertheless, it has recently come to my attention that there are other blatant infringers of Raymond Franz’ works on the Internet. One has risen above the others in his unashamed promotion of “bootlegged” copies of Crisis of Conscience on YouTube. As you can see, I am posting a worldwide “Cease and Desist” letter on this webpage. I am also contacting the above-mentioned person directly. Even as I move to stop him, I realize he is not the first and will unlikely be the last. Nevertheless, I am dedicated to step-by-step address each and every copyright infringer that I become aware of. It is incredible to me that many justify engaging in illegal activity, to produce books that expose the lies of the Watchtower organization. How does that make any kind of sense? Raymond Franz was a man of integrity. Every one of us should rightly honor his memory by treating his books with integrity.
I am putting out a public plea to assist me in maintaining the integrity of Raymond Franz’ works. Please let any copyright infringers, perpetrators, pirates and bootleggers know about this webpage. Also please let me know if they do not comply. I am also asking that no one purchase, receive for free, or promote illegal copies of Raymond Franz’ works. Infringers will not be motived to produce the illegal copies if you do not purchase them. Most importantly, out of respect for Ray and all he stood for, please honor him.
I am presently considering three different routes to publishing Crisis of Conscience. I hope to make a decision within days and plan to publish within weeks. Please stay tuned on what I am doing. I plan to update this webpage with the latest information concerning the publishing of Raymond Franz works in print, Kindle and electronic formatting. I plan to work very hard to make Crisis of Conscience available to everyone that would like to have a copy.
Very truly yours,
P.O. Box 807
Monroe, GA 30655