Introduction: A cult is defined as a social and religious group that has different beliefs and practices that are often at variance with the values of general society.
Many books have been written about the various cults that have existed at different times.
Some popular reads are:
- Escaped By Carolyn Jessop: An enthralling read about the author’s experience in a highly fundamental American sect and how she struggles to save herself and her eight children from the walls of cruelty on the basis of religion.
- Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill: Jenna was brought up to be extremely disciplined. Being the niece of the leader of a scientology organization, she was embroiled in all the controversies that the organizationwas involved in. At twenty-one, she freed herself from the group, leaving behind all she knew and loved.
- Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk: The only survivor of the Creedish Death Cult, Tender Branson tells his horrific tale. A thrilling tale.
- Under the Banner Of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer: Religious beliefs have a dark side, too. This book gives us an insight to the darker and twisted side of faith, a faith that preaches murder, evil, cruelty and other dark aberrations f human behavior.
- Stolen Innocence: My story of growing up in a polygamous sect , becoming a teenage bride and breaking free of Warren Jeff by Elissa Wall:Elissa sat quiet in a full courtroom in St George Utah. She was the prime witness in the case against Warren Jeffs, a polygamous sect leader. She revealed her horrifying tale of how she was forced into child marriage at the tender age of fourteen.
- The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams: Young and Innocent thirteen-year-old Kyra grows up in an isolated community. Her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on their way. Her story is haunting, and her secrets are full of sugar and spice. She is strong and sacrifices a lot for her family.
- Seductive Poison: A Jonestown survivor’s story of life and death at the People’s Temple by Deborah Layton: This is a chilling chronicle of how one joins a cult and how one is tortured and made to believe in evil practices. For a follower, it is almost like a marriage that turns into a nightmare. Deborah even wrote an affidavit warning people of Warren Jeff’s evil ways, how he would make them drink what she called poison and how he would punish those who refused in the most inhuman manner. A lesson to be learnt on how easy it is to be cheated and caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
- The Kingdom Of Cults by Walter Ralston Martin:Â Â First published in nineteen hundred and sixty-five, the book talks about the Christian Counter-cult Movement in the United States. The author himself was a member of a cult.
- Recovery From Cults by Michael Langone: This book is a guide to help victims of spiritual abuse. It has case studies and solutions to help victims recover from this brutality. Michael Langone was the director of an anti-cult group that studied such cases and spread awareness among people about the dangers of such groups.
- Releasing the Bonds by Steven Hassan: A self published book that discusses theories on controlling the mind and how people are often controlled in an environment. This book offers a helping hand for victims and people who tend to fall into traps.