Best Religious Cults Books
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1. Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism
Author: by Amanda Montell
The author of the widely praised Wordslut analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power. What makes cults so intriguing and frightening?
What makes them powerful? The reason why so many of us binge Manson documentaries by the dozen and fall down rabbit holes researching suburban moms gone QAnon is because we’re looking for a satisfying explanation for what causes people to joinand more importantly, stay inextreme groups.
We secretly want to know: could it happen to me? Amanda Montell’s argument is that, on some level, it already has … Our culture tends to provide pretty flimsy answers to questions of cult influence, mostly having to do with vague talk of brainwashing.
But the true answer has nothing to do with freaky mind-control wizardry or Kool-Aid. In Cultish, Montell argues that the key to manufacturing intense ideology, community, and us/them attitudes all comes down to language. In both positive ways and shadowy ones, cultish language is something we hearand are influenced byevery single day.
2. The Satanic Bible
Author: by Anton Szandor Lavey
Called “The Black Pope” by many of his followers, Anton La Vey began the road to High Priesthood of the Church of Satan when he was only 16 years old and an organ player in a carnival: “On Saturday night I would see men lusting after halfnaked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing the organ for tent-show evangelists at the other end of the carnival lot, I would see these same men sitting in the pews with their wives and children, asking God to forgive them and purge them of carnal desires.
And the next Saturday night they’d be back at The carnival or some other place of indulgence.”I knew then that the Christian Church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man’s carnal nature will out!” From that time early in his life his path was clear.
Finally, on the last night of April, 1966Walpurgisnacht, the most important festival of the believers in witchcraftLaVey shaved his head in the tradition of Ancient executioners and announced the formation of The Church Of Satan. He had seen the need for a church that would recapture man’s body and his carnal desires as objects of celebration.
3. The Storm Is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything
Author: by Mike Rothschild
“I hope everyone reads this book. It has become such a crucial thing for all of us to understand.” Erin Burnett, CNN “An ideal tour guide for your journey into the depths of the rabbit hole that is QAnon. It even shows you a glimmer of light at the exit.” Cullen Hoback, director of HBO’s Q: Into the Storm Its messaging can seem cryptic, even nonsensical, yet for tens of thousands of people, it explains everything: What is QAnon, where did it come from, and is the Capitol insurgency a sign of where it’s going next?
On October 5th, 2017, President Trump made a cryptic remark in the State Dining Room at a gathering of military officials. He said it felt like the calm before the stormthen refused to elaborate as puzzled journalists asked him to explain.
But on the infamous message boards of 4chan, a mysterious poster going by Q Clearance Patriot, who claimed to be in military intelligence, began the elaboration on their own. In the days that followed, Q’s wild yarn explaining Trump’s remarks began to rival the sinister intricacies of a Tom Clancy novel, while satisfying the deepest desires of MAGA-America.
4. Urban Apologetics: Restoring Black Dignity with the Gospel
Author: by Eric Mason
Zondervan (April 6, 2021)
African-Americans have long confronted the challenge of dignity destruction caused by white supremacy. While many have found meaning and restoration of dignity in the black church, others have found it in ethnocentric socioreligious groups and philosophies. These ideologies have grown and developed deep traction in the black community and beyond.
Previously found primarily in urban communities and conscious Hip-hop songs, now that we are in the Internet age, they have a broader reach than ever. Revisionist history, conspiracy theories, and misinformation about Jesus and Christianity are the order of the day.
Many young African-Americans are disinterested in Christianity and others are leaving the church in search of what these false religious ideas appear to offer, a spirituality more indigenous to their history and ethnicity. Edited by Dr. Eric Mason and featuring a top-notch lineup of contributors, Urban Apologetics is the first book focused entirely on cults, religious groups, and ethnocentric ideologies prevalent in the black community.
5. He Came to Set the Captives Free
Author: by Rebecca Brown
For seventeen years, Elaine served her master, Satan, with total commitment. Then she met Dr. Rebecca Brown, who served her master, Jesus Christ, with equal commitment. Elaine, one of the top witches in the U.S., clashed with Dr. Brown, who stood against her alone.
In the titanic life-and-death struggle that followed, Dr. Brown nearly lost her life. Elaine, finding a power and love greater than anything Satan could give her, left Satan and totally committed her life to Jesus Christ. This is an honest, in-depth account of Satan’s activities today.
You’ll see how to: Recognize and combat the many satanists who regularly infiltrate and destroy Christian churches. Recognize and combat satanic attacks. Recognize those serving Satan, and bring them to Jesus Christ.
6. Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing: Essays
Author: by Lauren Hough
Vintage (April 13, 2021)
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “A memoir in essays about so many thingsgrowing up in an abusive cult, coming of age as a lesbian in the military, forced out by homophobia, living on the margins as a working class woman and what it’s like to grow into the person you are meant to be.
Hough’s writing will break your heart.” Roxane GaySearing and extremely personal essays, shot through with the darkest elements America can manifest, while discovering light and humor in unexpected corners. As an adult, Lauren Hough has had many identities: an airman in the U.S.
Air Force, a cable guy, a bouncer at a gay club. As a child, however, she had none. Growing up as a member of the infamous cult The Children of God, Hough had her own self robbed from her. The cult took her all over the globe-to Germany, Japan, Texas, Chilebut it wasn’t until she finally left for good that Lauren understood she could have a life beyond “The Family.” Along the way, she’s loaded up her car and started over, trading one life for the next.
7. The Dictionary of Demons: Expanded & Revised: Names of the Damned
Author: by M. Belanger
With more than 200 additional entries, the revised and expanded second edition of one the world’s most important books on demonology is now available in paperback. Ever since the publication of the original book more than ten years ago, author M.
Belanger has been collecting material for this expanded edition. Filled with additional new articles, spirits, demons, appendices, and art, the bestselling Dictionary of Demons is now an even more comprehensive resource. You will discover an expanded introduction, extended articles, an update to the Decans of the Zodiac, additional entries, and dozens of new illustrations.
The Dictionary of Demons: Revised and Expanded includes more than 1,700 demons as well as short articles on demonology and a wealth of illustrations, making it one of the most valuable reference works in the field. Previous editions: First Edition (Out of Print): 9780738723068 Second Edition Limited-Edition Hardcover: 9780738765365
8. Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control
Author: by Luna Lindsey
In 2012, Mormon General Authority Marlin K. Jensen acknowledged that members are leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “in droves.” Access to the internet is often credited and blamed for this mass exodus, where members learn about problematic doctrines and cover-ups of LDS history.
Many are happy as Mormons.And many are not. Those who leave, and those doubters who stay, face struggles that few others can understand. Much of this suffering is caused by manipulative and controlling techniques pervasive throughout LDS doctrines and culture.
Understanding these techniques will help recovering Mormons overcome the effects of belonging to a high-demand group. As a former Mormon, Luna Lindsey experienced this coercive persuasion firsthand. Recovering Agency presents years of research into social psychology and the science of cult dynamics, to describe 31 mind control techniques, alongside examples of their use in Mormon scripture, lessons, and from the pulpit.
9. The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology
Author: by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology explores this dark aspect of folklore and religion and the role that demons play in the modern world. This comprehensive resource presents more than 400 entries and more than 80 black-and-white photographs documenting beliefs about demons and demonology from ancient history to the present.
10. Exorcism: The Battle Against Satan and His Demons
Author: by Fr. Vincent P. Lampert
At a time when many Christians no longer practice their faith, there has been an increase in the attention given to the devil and his devious ways. Because the devil seeks to destroy and separate us from God, all Catholics must be on guard.
In Exorcism: The Battle Against Satan and His Angels, Fr.Vincent P. Lampert, a seasoned exorcist, presents authentic Catholic teaching on the devil and his plan against humanity. Providing a window into the merciful ministry of exorcism, Fr. Lampert equips Catholics with the knowledge necessary to avoid become vulnerable to spiritual attack.
In Exorcism, you’ll learn how the Church selects and trains priests for the ministry of exorcism where and how the devil operates in the world, and what Scripture has to say about it why it is vital for Catholics to live a vibrant life of faith what to do if you suspect the presence of the demonic in your life or in others and how to fend off spiritual attack and build a stronger relationship with God.
11. Don't Call it a Cult: The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM
Author: by Sarah Berman
April 20, 2021
They draw you in with the promise of empowerment, self-discovery, women helping women. The more secretive those connections are, the more exclusive you feel. Little did you know, you just joined a cult.Sex trafficking.Self-help coaching.Forced labor.Mentorship.
Multi-level marketing.Gaslighting. Investigative journalist Sarah Berman explores the shocking practices of NXIVM, a cult run by Keith Raniere and many enablers. Through the accounts of central NXIVM figures, Berman uncovers how dozens of women seeking creative coaching and networking opportunities instead were blackmailed, literally branded, near-starved, and enslaved.
Don’t Call It a Cult is a riveting account of NXIVM’s rise to power, its ability to evade prosecution for decades, and the investigation that finally revealed its dark secrets to the world.
12. I'm Just Charlie: The Autobiography of Charlie Ward
Author: by Dr Charlie Ward
During the Great Plandemic of 2020, a new voice arrived on YouTube that was searching for “The Truth” and because of his endearing personality, inside information and fascinating guests, the phenomenon that is Charlie Ward was born. But, before Charlie became an online sensation, he had a whirlwind 60 years on the planet that saw him go from being a humble English kid brought up in bizarre religious cult in the 1960s to being an international financier and mover of money for the World’s governments.
He was even offered a 1 million advance for telling his life story by the now disgraced and deceased PR guru Max Clifford back in 2010, his life story was so explosive. So Charlie has now put pen to paper and for the first time ever, has told the story of his life in his Official Autobiography “I’m Just Charlie”
13. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
Author: by Jeff Guinn
Simon & Schuster
2018 Edgar Award FinalistBest Fact CrimeA thoroughly readable, thoroughly chilling account of a brilliant con man and his all-too vulnerable prey (The Boston Globe)the definitive story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, the largest murder-suicide in American history, by the New York Times bestselling author of Manson.
In the 1950s, a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the gospel and Marxism. His congregation was racially mixed, and he was a leader in the early civil rights movement. Eventually, Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to northern California, where he got involved in electoral politics and became a prominent Bay Area leader.
But underneath the surface lurked a terrible darkness. In this riveting narrative, Jeff Guinn examines Jones’s life, from his early days as an idealistic minister to a secret life of extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent faith healing, before the fateful decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to a settlement in the jungles of Guyana in South America.
14. The Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject
Author: by Walter Martin
Bethany House Publishers
In an era of rapid growth of false religions worldwide, Christians need information they can trust. This comprehensive new edition of the leading book on cults will equip you-no matter your background-to understand and use biblical truth to counter false religions, including many that masquerade as mainstream Christianity.
Reflecting the developments in cults and world religions in recent years, this edition, updated by expert Jill Martin Rische (daughter of Walter Martin), gives you the authoritative information you need to know. As our culture becomes less and less outwardly Christian, awareness of the belief systems of those around us has never been more vital.
Readable and reliable for everyone, whether you’re a teacher, a pastor, or a regular church attender, The Kingdom of the Cults remains the go-to reference book on this crucial topic.
15. Hollywood Park: A Memoir
Author: by Mikel Jollett
In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the twentieth century’s most notorious criminals and life as one of his “girls.”At age fourteen Dianne Lakewith little more than a note in her pocket from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave thembecame one of “Charlie’s girls,” a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson.
Over the course of two years, the impressionable teenager endured manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson’s true nature revealed itself. From Spahn ranch and the group acid trips, to the Beatles’ White Album and Manson’s dangerous messiah-complex, Dianne tells the riveting story of the group’s descent into madness as she lived it.
Though she never participated in any of the group’s gruesome crimes and was purposely insulated from them, Dianne was arrested with the rest of the Manson Family, and eventually learned enough to join the prosecution’s case against them. With the help of good Samaritans, including the cop who first arrested her and later adopted her, the courageous young woman eventually found redemption and grew up to lead an ordinary life.