ICSA Reviews

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

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Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International

By Charlene Edge

New Wings Press, LLC, 2017. ISBN-10: ‎ 0997874708; ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0997874709. Paperback, 474 pages, $24.95. Kindle, $8.49. Amazon.com

Reviewed by Bart Stewart


The Bad Cadet: Growing up in the Church of Scientology’s Sea Organization

By Katherine Spallino

Independently published, 2023. ISBN: 979-8-9878162-1-9. Paperback, 334 pages, $14.99, Kindle $9.99, Amazon.com

Reviewed by Joe Szimhart


Respectful, Authentic and Free Relationships

Las Relaciones Respetuosas, Auténticas y Libres 

 

By José Fernández-Aguado


Célebre Editorial, 2021. ISBN-10: 8412362098; ISBN-13: 978-8412362091.Paperback, Spanish language only, 306 pages, €16.15, Alibris.es  


Reviewed by J. Paul Lennon



Walking Free from the Trauma of Coercive, Cultic and Spiritual Abuse: A Workbook for Recovery and Growth

 

by Gillie Jenkinson

 

Routledge, 2023. ISBN-10 1032305878; ISBN-13: 978-1032305875. Paperback,$34.95 list price, Kindle, $19.22. Amazon.com

 

Reviewed by Nori Muster


How to Become a Cult Leader

Narrated by Peter Dinklage, produced by Citizen Jones/Estuary Films. Netflix release July 28, 2023.


Reviewed by Joseph Szimhart

 

Misguided: My Jesus Freak Life in a Doomsday Cult

by Perry Bulwer


Reviewed by Nori Muster

 

New Star Books, 2023. ISBN-10: 1554202051, ISBN-13: 978-1554202058. Paperback, 320 pages, $21.00, Amazon.com


When the World Didn't End

by Guinevere Turner


Reviewed by Bart Stewart

 

Crown Publishing, 2023. ISBN-10: 0593237595; ISBN-13: 978-0593237595. Hardcover, $28.00 list price. Kindle, $13.99, Amazon.com


Exquisite Torture

by Carrie Buddington


Reviewed by Ron Burks, MA, MDiv, PhD 

 

CBuddington. 2023. ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8987822111. Paperback 277 pages, $15 (Kindle, $9.99) Amazon.com 


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.