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Recommended Reading:

A Path with Heart, Jack Kornfield

Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Abusive Relationships, Madeleine Landau Tobias and Janja Lalich. Hunter House, Alameda, CA,

The Cry of Tamar: Violence against Women and The Church's Response, Rev. Pamela Cooper  White. Covers many different types of abuse against women. With a section about clergy sexual abuse.

Sex in the Forbidden Zone, Peter Rutter M.D. A classic in its field. Highly recommended.

Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, by Steven Hassan

Combatting Cult Mind Control, by Steven Hassan

Churches That Abuse, Ronald M. Enroth. Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 1992, 227 pages.

Take Me for a Ride: Coming of Age in a Destructive Cult, by Mark E. Laxer (on Rama/ Frederick Lenz) This book is available for downloading at the following address:

Feet of Clay: Saints, Sinners, and Madmen: A Study of Gurus, by Anthony Storr

Cults and Personality, F. J. MacHovec. Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, IL, 1989, 195 pages.

Trauma and Recovery, by Judith Herman,Herman has succeeded in bringing a voice ofreason to the highgly charged world of incest recovery. She points out the similarity in the sexual abuse, terrorist acts, and cult thought reform programs.

Malignant Self-Love- Narcissism Revisted, by Sam Vaknin, Ph.D., an excellent resource book to help understand and "Cope, Survive and Protect your Loved Ones" involved in narcissitic relationships.

Cults in Our Midst: The Hidden Menace in Our Everyday Lives, Margaret Thaler Singer with JanjaLalich. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 1995, 381 pages.

The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power, Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad. North AtlanticBooks/Frog Ltd., Berkeley, CA, 1993, 385 pages.

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, by Robert J. Lifton

Seductive Poison, Deborah Layton, A Jonestown survivor's story of life and death in The Peoples Temple, - "People do not knowingly join "cults"-people join self-help groups, churches, political movements, college campus dinner socials, and the like, in an effort to be part of something larger than themselves. In their openhearted endeavor to find meaning in their lives, they walk blindly into the promise of ultimate answers and a higher purpose. It is usually only gradually that a group turns into or reveals itself as a cult, becomes malignant, but by then it is often too late."

Mind-Forged Manacles: Cults and Spiritual Bondage, Thomas Case. Fidelity Press, South Bend,

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen. Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis, MN, 1991, 234 pages.

Journey Into Madness: The True Story of Secret CIA Mind Control and Medical Abuse, by Gordon Thomas

In the Shadow of the Moons, Nansook Hong

Recovery from Cults, edited by Michael Langone, this excellent work contains chapters by a widerange of experts in various parts of the cult recovery field.

The Confusing World of Benny Hinn, by Richard Fisher and M. Kurt Goedelman

The Walking Wounded, by Jeremy Reynalds

Influence : The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini "Arguably the best book ever on what is increasingly becoming the science of persuasion.His research studies how and why people agree to things, and it is not inclusive to any one area of life. His book explains the psychological triggers that influence people to comply with requests, and also covers how these triggers are used and abused."

The True Believer : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, by Eric Hoffe "This best-selling analysis of fanaticism and mass movements is an important addition to the field of sociology. "Hoffer has written one of the provatice books of our immediate day." Christian Science Monitor.

Toxic Faith ,by Stephen Arterburn, Jack Felton, " Toxic Faith distinguishes between a healthy faith and a misguided religiosity that traps believers in an addictive practice of religion. It shows how unbalanced ministries, misguided churches, and unscrupulous leaders can lead their followers away from God and into a desolate experience of religion that drives many to despair. Toxic Faith shows readers how to find hope for a return to genuine, healthy faith that can add meaning to life."

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