|Part of a series on Jehovah's Witnesses|
|Jehovah's Witnesses by country|
Faithful and Discreet Slave
Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society
Corporations of Jehovah's Witnesses
|Bible Student movement
Jehovah's Witnesses splinter groups
|Beliefs & Practices|
|God's name · Eschatology · Blood · Disfellowshipping|
|The Watchtower · Awake!
New World Translation
|Watch Tower Presidents|
|W.H. Conley · C.T.
Russell · J.F. Rutherford · N.H.
Knorr · F.W. Franz
M.G. Henschel · D.A. Adams
|William Miller · N.H. Barbour · George Storrs|
|Notable Former Jehovah's Witnesses|
|Raymond Franz · Olin Moyle|
Jehovah's Witnesses have published various books and brochures for use in their door-to-door evangelism. When interested individuals are encountered, Witnesses attempt to initiate a home Bible study course, using a current publication that outlines their primary beliefs and interpretations of the Bible. The Witness then visits the student on a regular basis, generally considering a chapter on each visit, depending on the student's circumstances.
Students are encouraged to examine the material prior to the arrival of the Bible study conductor, using the questions at the bottom of each page, to "help prepare the student for the Bible study". It is also recommended that the student have a Bible at hand to refer to the cited scriptures. Jehovah’s Witnesses customarily read each paragraph aloud together with the student, and then ask the question(s) provided for that paragraph.
Jehovah's Witnesses previously offered their literature for a price determined by the branch office in each country, to cover printing costs. Since 2000, Jehovah's Witnesses have offered their publications free of charge globally. Printing is funded by voluntary donations from Witnesses and members of the public. Jehovah's Witnesses are instructed to invite donations when offering literature.
What Does the Bible Really Teach? is a book used to conduct Bible studies. More than 99 million copies have been produced in nearly 200 languages since the book was released in 2005. It is informally known as 'the Bible Teach book'.
Each chapter begins with questions to focus the reader on what will be studied in that chapter. The book is purposely written in simple language, with an appendix containing further information on various doctrinal matters. The book is intended to help teach people from various educational levels and religious backgrounds. The stated purpose of the publication is to study the material at whatever pace is required by the student to understand the information, rather than completing an entire chapter per session. The publishers encourage instructors to discuss the illustrations with the student, along with examples relevant to the student's own experiences.
According to the 2007 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, nearly a year after the launch of the book, it had already reached a circulation of 47 million copies in 155 languages; this rose to 79 million by mid-2008.
In 1995, Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life was published, and became the primary publication used for Bible studies. It is known informally as 'the Knowledge book'. The title is derived from John 17:3. Its publishers claimed that the Knowledge book "presents the truth in a positive way without dwelling on false doctrines."
In 1982, the book You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth became the main publication used by Jehovah's Witnesses to lead Bible studies; by 1984 its distribution already exceeded 15 million. The title was updated in 1989, and eventually surpassed 81 million copies in 131 languages. It is known informally as 'the Live Forever book'.
The book, The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life was published in 1968 and revised in 1981. It is informally known as 'the Truth book'. In the first three years of its circulation more than 400,000 people studied the book and were eventually baptized.
The 1990 edition of the Guinness Book of Records included this book under its heading "Highest Printings". According to the Guinness Book, by May 1987 the Truth book had reached 106,486,735 copies, in 116 languages. By 1997, it had a circulation of 107,000,000 in 117 languages.
From 1946 to 1968, Jehovah's Witnesses used the book, "Let God Be True", which was published in approximately 19,250,000 copies in 54 languages. The title is based on a phrase taken from Romans 3:4, "But let God be found true, though every man be found a liar".
Among other publications, the convicted Japanese assassin Kimihiro Nakata transcribed Let God Be True into Braille during the time between his conversion to Jehovah's Witnesses and his execution in 1959.
"Keep Yourselves in God's Love", 2008
Worship the Only True God, 2002
The book "Keep Yourselves in God's Love" was released at Jehovah's Witnesses' 2008 summer conventions, and was soon scheduled for use at their midweek Congregation Bible Study. This publication is the one recommended as the second text for use with a particular Bible student. It is sometimes reviewed with a baptized Witness who had been inactive for some time, although the 2002 publication Draw Close to Jehovah is also used for that purpose. The title is derived from the New World Translation's rendering of Jude 20-23.
Before the 2008 release of "Keep Yourselves in God's Love", Jehovah's Witnesses recommended that a student who completed the study of a primary Bible study aid should continue his studies using the 2002 book Worship the Only True God. Previously, the similar 1983 book United in Worship of the Only True God had been the recommended secondary study aid, although study conductors were at times not encouraged to continue with a second book for every student.
Jehovah's Witnesses have specifically recommended the occasional use of additional publications during a student's Bible study.
The brochure, What Does God Require of Us? was released in 1996. It was recommended as a study aid to be considered with Bible students to lead into studying the Knowledge book.
While nearly all publications of Jehovah's Witnesses have been used in evangelizing, some have been particularly conspicuous.