ICSA Reviews

This site contains several hundred book reviews published by International Cultic Studies Association since 1985.  

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The Gentle Souls Revolution: A secret cult, an open rebellion, and lessons in protecting & honoring your gentle soul 

by Esther Friedman

Reviewed by Lorna Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA


GSR Healing Arts, 2023. ISBN-13: 979-8986231501. Paperback, 195 pages, $15.95. (Kindle, $9.99), Amazon.com.

Cult Trip: Inside the world of coercion and control 

by Anke Richter

Reviewed by Joseph Szimhart


HarperCollins Publishers, 2023. ISBN: 978-1775492344, ISBN 10: 1775492346, ebook: $10.99, paperback 352 pages.

Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church 

by Diane Langberg 

Reviewed by Doug Duncan


Brazos Press, 2020, ISBN-10: 1587434385; ISBN-13: 978-1587434389, Paperback, 224 pages, $12.79 (Kindle, $12.15; also available as an Audiobook), Amazon.com

The Sullivanians: Sex, Psychotherapy, and the Wild Life of an American Commune

by Alexander Stille

Reviewed by Joe Szimhart

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023. ISBN-10: 0374600392, ISBN-13: 978-600396 Paperback, 420 pages (uncorrected proof), Hardcover, 432 pages, $30 (Kindle $14.99), Amazon.