Books about cults, the anti-cult
and the counter-clult movement.
Some books about new religious movements:
||Lorne Dawson, "Comprehending cults: the sociology of new religious movements," Oxford Univ. Press, (1998).
A book about new religious movements written from an academic perspective. An excellent antidote to the misinformation and
intolerance found in anti-cult and counter-cult books. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com
online book store.
||Alex Heard, "Apocalypse pretty soon: Travels in end-time America," Main Street Books, (1999) A humorous book
about cults and individuals with very unusual beliefs. He "gets inside their closed systems to poke fun from within, and
often puts things in historical context." (Ffrom an Amazon.com review). Very highly regarded by reviewers. Review/order this book.
||Philip Jenkins, "Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History," Oxford Press, (2001). Jenkins
shows that "...cults and new religious movements and their mystical or messianic leaders have been on the American scene for a
long time. He emphasizes that distinguishing between cults, a pejorative term, and denominations or religions is highly subjective,
especially since, in time, cults often become denominations. This serious and important volume is well written but not necessarily
light reading." (From an Amazon.com review). Review/order this book.
||Nancy O'Mera, "Cult Alert; a practical handbook for saving families." Foundation for Religious Freedom, (1999)
The author is a volunteer at the new Cult Awareness network. She advises parents, family and loved ones who fear "cult"
involvement to calm down, stay in communication and get more information. A very inexpensive book. Review/order this book.
||S.J. Palmer & C. Hardman, Eds., "Children in new religions," Rutgers Univ. Press, (1999). A study by a
professor in religious studies of children of parents who joined new religious movements 30 to 40 years ago. Review/order this book.
Books by representatives of the Anti-Cult movement (ACM):
The ACM promotes the largely discredited belief that brainwashing and mind
control techniques are widely used among new religious movements. These beliefs
are now met with massive skepticism by most sociologists and psychologists
specializing in new religious movements:
||M.T. Singer, et al., "Cults in our midst: The continuing fight against their hidden menace,"
Jossey-Bass Publishers, (1996). A book by perhaps the best known supporter of the Anti-Cult
Movement, who died in late 2003. Review/order this book.
||Steven Hassan, "Combatting cult mind control," Inner Traditions Intl., (1990). A book by one of
the most active anti-cult deprogrammers. Review/order this book.
||Gayle M. Woodsum, "The Ultimate Challenge: A Revolutionary, Sane and Sensible Response to Ritualistic and
Cult-Related Abuse," Action Resources Intl., (1998). Review/order this book.
||Jeanne Marie Lorena & Paula Levy Editors, "Breaking Ritual Silence : An Anthology of Ritual
Abuse Survivors' Stories," Trout & Sons, (1998). Review/order this book.
These are almost exclusively conservative Christians who are concerned about
heresy. They view many new religious movements as masquerading as
mainstream Christians which teach one or more non-traditional beliefs about God, Jesus or
some other aspect of Christianity:
||Richard Abanes, "Cults, new religious movements and your
family: A guide to ten non-Christian groups out to convert your loved
ones," Crossway books, (1998). Review/order this book
||Keith L. Brooks & Irvine Robertson, "The Spirit of Truth and the
Spirit of Error 1," Moody Publishers, (Revised 1987). This is a
packet of ten pamphlets. Review/order these pamphlets
||Hank Hanegraaff, "Christianity in Crisis," Harvest House Publishers, (1993). A book by perhaps the best
known promoter of the Counter-Cult Movement. Review/order this book.
||Walter Martin & Hank Hanegraaff (Editors), "The Kingdom of the Cults," Bethany House, (2002). This is
by far the most popular book from the CCM. Review/order this book
||Josh McDowell & Don Stewart, "Handbook Of Today's Religions,"
Nelson Reference, (1992). Review/order this book
||Ron Rhodes, "The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions," Zondervan,
(2001). Review/order this book
A book promoting both Anti-Cult and Counter-Cult views:
||Mary Alice Chrnalogar, "Twisted Scriptures," Zondervan, (Revised 2000).
As the name implies, the author accuses many religious groups -- including
mainstream denominations -- of twisting the meaning of the Bible. She is a
deprogrammer with an international reputation. She is a Roman Catholic --
unusual in a field dominated by Evangelical Protestants. "Chrnalogar
reveals how classic mind control techniques are used to systematically
seduce followers into total obedience." (From an Amazon.com review). Review/order
Amazon.com, recommends the following books on
"cults." However, their definition of the term appears to be more inclusive than
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