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Who was Herbert W. Armstrong? What happened to the controversial church that he founded? The author of this ground-breaking new book answers these questions in a thorough investigation of the true history of the Worldwide Church of God from its humble beginnings to its ultimate breakup. Jon W. Brisby’s engaging writing style and his firm grasp of the facts makes this a very readable and important documentation of a church that impacted the lives of thousands of Christians worldwide, and in many ways, still does. I highly recommend this book.

P. Van Allen, Cottage Grove, OR


From the early years, this book demonstrates the beginning of Herbert Armstrong’s ministry and the foundation of the Radio Church of God (later Worldwide Church of God).

In a very rare instance of unbiased honesty, hardly seen today, the author looks openly at the history and the mistakes made by the church from its inception to its final demise in the late 1990’s.

Written primarily for former members/adherents of the WCG, those who listened to and read the original publications by Herbert Armstrong, it is also invaluable to theological researchers and those newly discovering his teachings.

This book, truly, is a MUST READ for those who demand to know the truth.

Dr. Martin Rosen, Manchester, UK


In his book A Peculiar Treasure, The Enduring Legacy of Herbert and Loma Armstrong, author Jon W. Brisby brings to light the true, documented history of the ministry and work of Herbert W. Armstrong. The book provides a complete picture of that work from its humble beginnings in 1934, its phenomenal growth, and the causes of its ultimate collapse after Mr. Armstrong’s death in 1986. The author outlines the fundamental doctrines that set the Worldwide Church of God apart from every other religion in the world, and examines the reasons behind the fascinating, yet sometimes perplexing events that transpired within that church.

Of particular interest are the valuable lessons that can be learned from that history, and the events as they continue to unfold in the aftermath of the breakdown of the organization. Noteworthy, too, is the heretofore- unacknowledged role Loma Armstrong played in the success of her husband’s work during her lifetime, and how, after her death, the lack of her influence impacted his life’s work.

Much has been written about Herbert Armstrong to discredit the legitimacy of his ministry; many claiming he was a cult leader who manipulated his followers to build his own empire. Others revere him—believing he was infallible. Still others continue to hang on to some of the doctrines they see as unique, but won’t acknowledge the actual source of those teachings. Jon Brisby’s book sifts through all the conflicting viewpoints, and provides unusual insight to help readers make sense of what happened.

Mr. Armstrong stated that the doctrines he proclaimed were  received by divine revelation from God. But were his controversial teachings really inspired by God? What are, and how does anyone come to an awareness of the true doctrines and the attributes that distinguish God’s true Church? If the Worldwide Church of God was God’s true Church—His peculiar treasure—then why did He allow it to fracture? If an unchanging God reveals truth through a chosen instrument, should any human being or organization ever alter it to suit his or her own conceptions? How do you explain the failed prophetic prognostications of the Worldwide Church of God? What about the heavy-handed administrative tactics used by some in authority? Does the Bible foretell a forsaking of the truth (an apostasy), a breakup of the body, and a scattering of the sheep? Is there still a remnant faithful to those original doctrines, and if so, what are its identifying characteristics? These are some of the questions addressed by Jon Brisby in his book, A Peculiar Treasure, The Enduring Legacy of Herbert and Loma Armstrong. His analysis is compelling and provides the keys of understanding for those who still cherish that pearl of great price, and recognize the enduring legacy of Herbert and Loma Armstrong.

E. Manning, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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