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Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control Paperback – July 16, 2014
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Luna Lindsey was born into the LDS Church and left the faith in 2001, at age 26. She now lives in Seattle, WA and writes about topics of interest to her, including psychology, mind control, culture, and autism. She also writes science fiction and fantasy novels. When she's not busy traveling to improbable worlds, or thinking hard about this improbable world, she's enjoying life with her large and improbable family.
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As an expert in organizational culture, I've often wonder how toxic, highly coercive organizations recruit, retain, and control their members when it is so obvious to everyone outside the organization that it is unhealthy. 10 years ago, I intensified my own research and found that my own church, (yes i was a Mormon, active, in a Bishopric actually) employed many of the same influence techniques used by the People's Temple, The Branch Davidians, and many others cults.
Where does the unexplained, irrational guilt come from? Why would your LDS friends and family shun you for speaking up about lies and evidence hidden from members? Why can't current church leader own up to past problems and renounce them? How are people spiritually abused in this central authority, high conformance organization and what is the cost? This book lays out a compelling insight into these and many other issues to help the reader reclaim your life.
I would also recommend this book to anyone who has a loved one in Mormonism and can't understand how any reasonable, intelligent person could be sucked into it. Cult research shows how easy that is and how highly intelligent people get hooked in ways they might not see.
I applaud this book for it's attention to research detail and its heart for helping the hurting.
My older sister read the book and after getting into it a ways said she woke up the next morning and felt 50 pounds lighter for understanding and being able to mentally dump stuff she had been carrying around. The book helped her to understand how after being out of the LDS church for 50 years she still carried around so much baggage she didn't even know she had. Luna has done a really great job with the book.
Its easily researched allegorical history is readily available through verified Internet sources, but members are so caught up within, that they cannot dare to doubt anything contrary, other than what they have been "taught" through a very subtle and pervasive indoctrination process. One that Luna reveals, with her many well referenced examples.
As a former Catholic, those many examples of other controlling organizations, also fit my Catholic "education" in a grade school for 8 years as well. What I didn't experience as a Catholic, I unwittingly allowed, without knowledgeable consent, in the adult Mormon part of my life as well. Getting out of both, was probably the best thing I ever did for myself. Its really hard to own your own ignorance sometimes, especially after being deceived for so long.
I applaud the authors fortitude, her personal integrity, to expose this homegrown American Fraud for what it really is, and lessening its grip on a lot of good, yet under educated and naïve people, who certainly deserve a better life.
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