Books We Read

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by Jeff VanVonderan

The Heresy of Mind Control is a book by Stephen Martin, M. Div., one of the founders of Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center. The book combats typical cultic theologies with the actual words of Jesus, seeking gently to encourage those who have been broken by high-demand teachings. Brilliant.

Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Landau Tobias

I’m Okay; You’re Not by John Shore

Robert Cialdini has written Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, a must read for anyone interested in how cults work and how everyone can be susceptible to methods of thought reform.

Crooked Cross: A Journey Out of Religious Abuse by Willow

Churched by Matthew Paul Turner

David Tchappat has written a powerful autobiography, Breakout: How I Escaped from the Exclusive Brethren about growing up in the Exclusive Brethren in Australia. The book chronicles some rather painful experiences in David’s growing up, leaving, and then assimilating into ‘worldly’ culture.

Quiverfull: Inside The Christian Patriarchy Movement respectfully reports on the views of the Christian patriarchy movement in America. Kathryn Joyce provides a great deal of insight into this authoritarian movement and the people involved.

The Stonecutter’s Aria a novel by our good friend, Carol Faenzi. A former member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Carol reconnects with her family by telling the story of her Italian immigrant ancestors. An amazingly loving work of art.

Pigs In The Pulpit recounts one man’s seventeen year stint in the United Pentecostal Church International. Written from a charismatic Christian perspective. Here’s a great quote from the book: “If you make the decision to finally leave a less-than-healthy church, don’t allow yourself to feel pressured to go to another church…. Don’t even put a timetable on it. You’re already a member of the most important church and, frankly, the one that matters: the Body of Christ.”

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