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Christian Charts of Cults, Sects and Religious MovementsOff-site Link "Facts about membership, worship, leaders, and publications are followed by the doctrinal position of each group, which is substantiated by quotes from group leaders and publications. This doctrinal position is then compared with the historic orthodox view."
Christian Churches That AbuseOff-site Link, by Ronald Enroth. Published by Zondervan. Details.
Secular Combatting Cult Mind ControlOff-site Link by Steve Hassan. Hassan was a victim of the Unification Church. Now a psychologist, he is internationally recognized as a cult expert. (Read this Review)
Christian Cults Comparison ChartOff-site Link 12-page, folded chart compares the beliefs of 17 cults and world religions with those of biblical Christianity
Secular Cults In Our MidstOff-site Link by Margaret Thaler Singer, Janja Lalich, Robert Jay Lifton
Christian The Kingdom of the CultsOff-site Link Walter Ralston Martin's tome. Current edition edited by CRI's Hank Hanegraaff
Christian The Religious FringeOff-site Link "A History of Alternative Religions in America." by Richard Kyle. Focuses on historical description of what these groups believe and practice - rather than on sociological analysis or theological evaluation. Highly recommended.
Secular Snapping: America's Epidemic of Sudden Personality ChangeOff-site Link by Flo Conway, Jim Siegelman. The authors have a decidedly anti-religious point of view, but their material on cult mind control provides valuable insights
Secular Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism : A Study of Brainwashing in China Off-site Link by Robert Lifton
Secular The True Believer : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass MovementsOff-site Link by Eric Hoffer
Secular Under the Influence : The Destructive Effects of Group DynamicsOff-site Link by John D. Goldhammer
Christian Unmasking The CultsOff-site Link by Alan Gomes

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Secular Captive Hearts, Captive Minds : Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Abusive RelationshipsOff-site Link by Madeleine Landau Tobias, Janja Lalich (Contributor), Michael Langone. "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"
Secular Cults: What Parents Should KnowOff-site Link Subtitled "A Practical Guide to Help Parents With Children in Destructive Groups." By Joan Ross and Dr Michael Langone
Secular Exit Counseling: A Family InterventionOff-site Link Subtitled "How To Respond to Cult-Affected Loved Ones." 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. By Carol Giambalvo
Christian Healing Spiritual Abuse: How To Break Free From Bad Church ExperiencesOff-site Link by Ken Blue
Christian Out of the Cults and Into the Church: Understanding and encouraging ex-cultistsOff-site Link By Janis Hutchinson
Christian Recovery from Abusive GroupsOff-site Link by Wendy Ford
Christian Recovering from Churches That AbuseOff-site Link, by Ronald Enroth. Zondervan, 1994.
Secular Recovery from Cults : Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual AbuseOff-site Link Michael Langone, e.d.
Secular Releasing the Bonds : Empowering People to Think for ThemselvesOff-site Link by Steve Hassan
Christian The Subtle Power of Spiritual AbuseOff-site Link Excellent book by David Johnson and Jeff Vanvonderen. Summary of this insightful book.

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