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Recommended Reading

Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention How To Respond to Cult-Affected Loved Ones, by Carol Giambalvo.  Published by the American Family Foundation, the leading professional organization devoted to cultic studies, this important new book, with an introduction by Dr. Michael Langone, provides practical information for families concerned about a cult-involved relative.  It describes the process of exit counseling, a voluntary approach to helping cultists make informed decisions about their group affiliation.  Exit counseling is the most effective alternative to the controversial process of deprogramming, which involves coercion.

Combatting Cult Mind Control, by Steven Hassan.  MUST reading for anyone who has been touched by cult phenomena or wants to be informed.

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, by R.J. Lifton, M.D.  A classic textbook and case study on victims of thought reform and the elements of thought reform programs.

Cultic Studies Journal: Psychological Manipulation and Society.  A refereed semi-annual journal published by the American Family Foundation (AFF), P.O. Box 2265, Bonita Springs, FL 33959.  The CSJ seeks to advance the understanding of cultic practices and their relation to society, including broad social and cultural implications as well as effects on individuals and families.

How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life, by Thomas Gilovich.  An investigation of how even highly educated people become convinced of the validity of questionable or demonstrably false beliefs about the world, and the unfortunate impact of these beliefs.

Influence: The New Psychology of Modern Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.  A landmark publication in furthering our understanding of the persuasion process.

Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Abusive Relationships; Madeleine Landau Tobias & Janja Lalich (Hunter House USA, 1994)  "Former cult members suffer from fear, depression, confusion, low self-esteem, and post traumatic stress, whether they were in a group or in a one-to-one abusive relationship.  'Captive hearts, Captive minds' provides the hands-on help they need to recover from manipulation and mind control".

Churches that Abuse; Ronald M. Enroth.  ISBN 0-310-53290-6  Help for those hurt by legalism, authoritarian leadership, manipulation, excessive discipline, and spiritual intimidation.

Cults: What Parents Should Know; Joan Ross & Dr Michael Langone.

Dangerous Persuaders; Louise Samways (Penguin Australia, 1994)  An expose of gurus, personal development courses and cults, and how they operate in Australia.

Toxic Faith: Understanding and Overcoming Religious Addiction; (Also called Faith that Hurts Faith that Heals) Jack Felton & Stephen Aterburn.

The Secret World of Cults; Jean Ritchie.  ISBN 0 207 16990 X  Includes reports on The Children of God, The Unification Church (Moonies), ISKCON (Hare Krishna), the Mormons, Scientology, The London Church of Christ, Rajneesh, Jehovah's Witnesses, Therapy cults, New age cults, Satanism. 


The Boston Movement: Analysis, Commentary and Media Reports; Rick & Sarah Bauer.  Available from: Rick & Sarah Bauer, 15205 Jennings Lane, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772 USA

The Discipling Dilemma; Ed. Flavil R. Yeakley.  ISBN 0-89225-311-8  A study of the discipling movement amongst Churches of Christ. 

What Does the Boston Movement Teach? (Volumes I - III); Dr Jerry Jones.  Available from: Dr Jerry Jones, Mid-America Book and Tape Sales, 12880 Bittick, Bridgeton, Missouri 63044, USA.  Tel: 314-739-6434