Books about the International Churches of Christ
and other destructive cults

    Some of the books listed below are specifically about the International Churches of Christ (ICC), others deal with the subject of religious cults and mind control in a more general way. The inclusion of books on this page does not necessarily mean that TOLC agrees with everything contained within these books – however, we know they have proven useful to some people.

    Each book is listed with its ISBN number (where available) so you should be able to order them via your local bookstore or library.


    List of recommended books


    We recommend that you DO NOT send the book to the cult member or tell him or her that you are reading it. If you do at this stage it usually makes the group even more fearful and distrusting.

    You can read more about the “Do’s and Don’ts” here.

    List of recommended books

    “Combatting Cult Mind Control”
    by Steven Hassan.

    (ISBN: 0892813113)

      “A good book to start if a relative or friend joins a cult. The book not only explains the mechanisms used by these groups, but it also tells good questions to ask as a ‘spiritual consumer'”
      – Tilman Hausherr, Berlin, Germany.

      “Well worth reading, particularly by professionals involved with students”
      – The Lancet, Journal of the British Medical Association.

      “Remarkably useful and important” – Louis Jolyon West, M.D., Chairman, Dept of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.

    Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves
    by Steven Hassan.

    (ISBN: 0967068800)

      From the author of “Combatting Cult Mind Control”

      Cults in Our Midst
      by Margaret Thaler Singer, Janja Lalich (Contributor), Robert Jay Lifton.

      (ISBN: 0787902667)

      Cults on Campus: Continuing Challenge
      by Marcia Rudin.

      (ISBN: 0931337070)

      The Boston Movement : critical perspectives on the International Churches of Christ
      by Carol Giambalvo & Herbert Rosedale (Editors).

      (ISBN: 0931337089)

      Exit Counseling : A Family Intervention – How to respond to cult-affected loved ones
      by Carol Giambalvo.

      (ISBN: 0931337054)

      Recovery from Cults : Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse
      by Michael D. Langone (Editor).

      (ISBN: 0393313212)

      Cults: What Parents Should Know: A Practical Guide to Help Parents With Children in Destructive Groups
      by Joan Carol Ross, Michael D. Langone.

      (ISBN: 0818405112)

      Twisted Scriptures: A path to freedom from abusive churches

      by Mary Alice Chrnalogar.

      (ISBN: 0964958805)

      Taken Captive: The 2019 International Church of Christ Report

      by Joe Franklin.

      Unmasked: Bombshell Admission & Coverup–ICOC Guilty of the Galatian Error

      by Joe Franklin.

      Poisoned Fruit: An Analysis of the International Church of Christ’s Departure from the Gospel

      by Joe Franklin.