E-Books

Starting Out in Mainstream America (Livia Bardin)

This is an online reference that provides practical solutions such as:
    • getting a driver’s license
    • finding a place to live
    • finding a job or job training
    • getting health care
    • finding your way around the legal system
and information about broader concepts like
    • Abuse and neglect
    • Communications skills
    • Relationships
    • Parenting skills
    • Aspects of mainstream culture like music, movies, and sports

Recovery from Abusive Groups (Wendy Ford)

By former cult member Wendy Ford, with a preface by social workers Bill and Lorna Goldberg. (PDF) Author Wendy Ford has straightforwardly and thoughtfully presented her understanding of recovery issues from a personal perspective of having participated in an abusive group and from a well-studied psychologi­cal and sociological perspective. Her articulation is concise, yet encompass­es a range of emotions and perceptions regarding the seeming­ly never-ending adjustment process to postcult life. This open and challenging review of the recovery process helps the reader begin to address some very complex and emotionally loaded issues. It is a road map for those of us who need to reintegrate their lives after the trauma of separation from such an intense experience and the realization of having been subjected to such an extensive level of deceit.

Coping with Cult Involvement (Livia Bardin)

Coping with Cult Involvement: A Handbook for Families and Friends By Livia Bardin, M.S.W. This book, which was written to explain these forms, is built on the knowledge and experience gained from years of working with families in workshops and in private consultations. This is not a "fun" book. Nor is it a book that aims to "validate" feelings of anger, hurt, helplessness, and fear, although it does that to some extent. This book is a "handbook," a tool designed to help you achieve a goal, namely, to help a loved one. As with all tools, the book requires effort to learn how to use it. It is not something that you merely "read." It is something that you use, something that you wrestle with, that you come back to again and again.   If you are willing to give the requisite time and mental exertion that this book demands, I am confident that you will find it to be extremely helpful. It may not "solve" your problem, for, as Mrs. Bardin states in the Introduction, a cult involvement is often "a situation to manage, not a problem to solve." The book will, however, make you confident that you are doing all that you realistically can to manage, if not solve, the problem that has caused you so much distress.

The Boston Movement [International Churches of Christ] (Carol Giambalvo & Herbert L. Rosedale, Eds.)

This book provides historical information, research, and personal accounts on a group that caused considerable controversy on college campuses during the 1980s and 1990s.

Satanism and Occult-Related Violence (Michael Langone & Linda Blood)

Overview of historical issues and mental health research on the subject.