- Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: Baker Pub Group (February 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801083389
- ISBN-13: 978-0801083389
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,951,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why We Left a Cult: Six People Tell Their Stories Paperback – February, 1993
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The book is set up in two parts; in the first the personal testimonies and life stories of the six are shared while the second presents a series of questions in the effective nurture of ex-cultists including personal costs/compensations of becoming Christian (or, at least, this brand of Christian), as well as mistakes made by Christians in witnessing to these hopefully-soon-to-be ex-cult members.
This really was a fascinating book regarding the Christian Scientists and Jahovah's Witnesses, but fails badly on the the New Age/witchcraft portions and so brings all the 'cultic' information in doubt. All in all, this book presents an interesting view of what this particular sect of Christianity (Southern Baptists?) believes to be cults.
Part One provides the six personal testimonies to include when the individual departed the cult. Part two identifies factors involved leaving the cult and the effective nurture of ex-cultists. Other chapters include: advice for concerned Christians, helpful resources for people who are thinking about leaving a cult, and advice to parents on how to prevent children from entering a cult. There is glossary in the back describing terms typically used in the various cults.
The author of the book describes cults as an archipelago. At first they seem islands to themselves. However, once you start to study them, the water around the islands becomes clearer. Interconnecting links joining them can be seen under the water. For example, reincarnation, once a strictly an Eastern religious concept, shows up in Christian Science and New Age thinking. Pyramidology, spiritualism, and phrenology are not only connected to New Age, but also in the past thinking of Jehovah Witnesses. Christian Scientists, Mormons, and New Age believers teach we can be god-like as Jesus.
What impacted me the most in this book is the testimony of the individual who left the New Age movement. He has a dramatic story on how New Age closely counterfeits Christianity. After being taught in classroom-like environments, he and others were instructed to infiltrate Christian churches with their distorted messages.Read more ›