Suggested Resources and links

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Upcoming book on religious abuse and recovery due out in March 2021

                              Book Reviews:


William Lobdale Losing my Religion critiqued by Patrick J. Knapp

Barbara Orlowski Spiritual Abuse Recovery critiqued by Patrick J. Knapp

Watchman Nee Spiritual Authority critiqued by Patrick J. Knapp

Michael Langone Recovery from Cults critiqued by Patrick J. Knapp

Philip Yancey Disappointment with God:  Three questions no one asks aloud by Patrick J. Knapp

Lauren Hunter, Leaving Christian Science: 10 stories of new faith in Jesus Christ. by Patrick J. Knapp

Kenneth J. Garrett, In the House of Friends:  Understanding and healing from spiritual abuse in Christian Churches. by Patrick J. Knapp 



Nothing Need Go to Waste - Autobiography of Patrick J. Knapp

The Place of Mind Control in the Cult Recovery Process (MA thesis) by Patrick J. Knapp                             

Logotherapy and Recovery from Religious Abuse by Patrick J. Knapp

A Short  Evaluation of Watchman Nee by Patrick J. Knapp

The Latter Rain Movement parts I and 2 by Dr. Robert McGregor Wright

Divorce while in a Fundamentalist Christian Church by Hännah Ettinger

A helpful understanding regarding divorce and remarriage, (to the above article) by Dr. Craig Blomberg

Still Side by Side by Janet George (A concise explanation of biblical gender equality)

                                            Free Books on line by Ron Enroth: 

Churches that Abuse –

Recovery from Churches that Abuse –


Diane Hankla, Mfcc, 129 Fern St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 phone 1-831-423-5787.

Carson Miles, MA LPC, 5690 DTC Blvd, Suite 120W, Greenwood Village, Co. 80111 phone 303-596-8586

Doug Feil, MS, LPC, Feil Counseling and Consulting, 6112 S. Devinney Way, Littleton, Co. 80127

    Littleton, Co. phone 720-689-4631

                                              Life-Recovery Coaching:

Pat Knapp – Details on the above Life-Recovery Coaching link above

Heidi Knapp –  Details on the above Life-Recovery Coaching link above

                        Other books for understanding Spiritual or Religious abuse & recovery:

Boundaries: When to say Yes, when to say No, to take control of your life by Henry Cloud & John Townsend

Being Human: The nature of spiritual experience by Ranald Macaulay & Jerram Barrs

Captive Hearts Captive Minds: Freedom and recovery from cults and abusive relationships by Madeleine Landau                     Tobias & Janja Lalich

True Spirituality by Francis A. Schaeffer

Bounded Choice:  True believers and charismatic cults by Janja Lalich

Families Where Grace is in Place:  Getting free from the burden of pressuring, controlling and manipulating your                     spouse and children by Jeff VanVonderen

Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of new faith in Jesus Christ by Lauren Hunter

Out of the Cults and into the Church: Understanding and encouraging ex-cultists by Janis Hutchinson

Soulcraft: How God shapes us through relationships by Douglas D. Webster

Soul Repair: Rebuilding your spiritual life by Jeff VanVonderen, Dale & Juanita Ryan

In the House of Friends: Understanding and Healing from Spiritual Abuse in Christian Churches by Kenneth J. Garrett

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and escaping spiritual manipulation and false spiritual authority                   within the church by  David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen

Shepherds & Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading & Following by Jerram Barrs

Recovery From Cults: Help for victims of psychological and spiritual abuse – Editor Michael Langone

New book for Clinicians:

Editors: Lorna Goldberg, William Goldberg, Rosanne Henry, Michael Langone

This landmark, 500-page book, with chapters from leading clinicians and researchers,

describes the current state of the art in helping people adversely affected by a cultic dynamic,

whether in a cult, mainstream religious denomination, psychotherapy, family, or other

interpersonal relationship.  

People are different, and different people will respond to the same environment in different ways. That is why the first clinical rule in working with former cult members and families is to remain flexible and not rigidly adhere to a clinical ideology. The chapters in this book reflect this attitude of openness, while describing how different experts approach the kinds of problems that might confront therapists working with former cult members and those with affected loved ones. Though primarily aimed at helpers, the clearly written chapters of this 500-page book can help family members and former members of cultic situations, including those born or raised in such environments.  In addition to purchasing this book on the ICSA website, this book is readily available on Amazon. 


                     Organizations: The following links are provided, not necessarily fully-endorsed 

  • MeadowHaven – is a medium term (1-2 month) residential recovery center for those coming out of cults or religiously abusive environments.

  • New England Institute of Religious Research – The New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR) is the non-profit organization that founded MeadowHaven.

  • Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center – Wellspring is a short term residential recovery center for those coming out of cults or religiously abusive environments.

  • Freedom of Mind – Steve Hassan is author of “Combating Cult Mind Control” and “Releasing the Bonds”.  His website provides resources for those seeking help for themselves or others.

  • Reveal – Reveal is an organization of former members of the International Churches of Christ (ICC) (ICOC), Boston Church of Christ/ “Boston Movement”, and Crossroads Church of Christ/”Crossroads Movement”.

  • INFORM – INFORM (Information Network Focus on Religious Movements) was established with the support of the Home Office (The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, counter-terrorism and police) and mainstream Churches in 1988 with the aim of obtaining and making available objective and up-to-date information about new religious movements or ‘cults’.  INFORM is affiliated with the London School of Economics.

  • International Cultic Studies Association (Previously known as the American Family Foundation) – The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) provides practical, cult-related resources and services for families, former group members, mental health professionals, clergy, attorneys, educators, and young people.

  • Apologetics Index – Vast clearing house of cult-related news, information, resources, etc. One of the best sites on the Web regarding cults and abusive groups.

  • Refocus  a network of referral and support for former members of closed, high demand groups, relationships, cults or TACO’s (Totalist Aberrant Christian Organizations).

  • Darkness to Light – Large and broad informational website providing a great deal of thoughtful and carefully researched material on the topic of religious abuse and belief

  • Cult News - information website on various newsworthy articles on religious abuse and resources for thought reform interventions. 

  • Witnesses for Jesus - a Christian information website for those particularly challenged by Jehovah Witnesses and Mormonism. 

  • Ananias - a Christian website, by former members of Christian Science for those seeking answers about Christian Science.  Excellent resource for those struggling to understand and recover from Christian Science. 

  • Fellowship of former Christian Scientists - a Christian website, by former members of Christian Science for those seeking support and education for recovery.  Another excellent resource for those struggling with recovery specific to Christian Science.