Amazon Christian Books Recommendations
This page provides links to recommended Counter-Cult books available from Amazon.
Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement - By Ruth Tucker. A good catalog of the histories and theologies of a variety of cults, alternative religions, and the new age movement.
Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions: Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, Mind Sciences, Baha'i, Zen, Unitarianism - By John Ankerberg and John Weldon. Ankerberg and Weldon have long been authorities on cults and related movements. This book is a compilation of their research. Many other books by Ankerberg and Weldon are also available.
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions - By George Mather and Larry A. Nichols. A good resource for learning the basic teachings and history of a wide-variety of groups. Kindle edition.
Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs - By John Ankerberg and John Weldon. This comprehensive, indexed volume includes short, one-page listings of pertinent facts about a particular movement, its founder, how it claims to work, scientific evaluations done, and its potential dangers. Some topics covered are angels, visualization, shamanism, hypnosis, new age medicine and martial arts.
Handbook of Today's Religions - By Josh McDowell and Don Stewart. A good resource covering a variety of cults and world religions.
Kingdom of the Cults - By Walter Martin and Hank Hanegraaff. Since the first edition was published in 1965, "The Kingdom of the Cults" has been the authoritative reference work on all major cult systems. This classic has been updated to cover New Age cults, Baha'i, and the Word of Faith movement, with over 50 percent new material. A free CD-ROM is included with full text by Parsons Technology. Kindle edition.Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible - By James W. Sire. James W. Sire describes 20 different ways that cults misread and misrepresent the Bible, helping us all become more careful readers. Kindle edition.
So What's the Difference? - By Fritz Ridenour. A Look at 20 Worldviews, Faiths and Religions and How They Compare to Christianity. Discusses religions and cults, including Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Unitarianism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, and Mormonism. Written in an easy to understand format. A good introduction to the subject.
Toxic Faith - By Stephen Arterburn. Experiencing Healing Over Painful Spiritual Abuse. Distinguishes between a healthy faith and a misguided religiosity that traps believers in an addictive practice of religion. Kindle edition.
On Specific Groups
Answering Jehovah's Witnesses: Subject by Subject - By David Reed. Through these topical answers, those who encounter Witnesses can understand the group's history, doctrinal changes, and theology. David Reed is a long-time authority of JWs, having been a JW elder himself. Kindle edition. See also Jehovah's Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse and the Kindle edition.
Behind the Mask of Mormonism - By John Ankerberg and John Weldon. Covers every aspect of the history, beliefs, and practices of the largest, wealthiest, and most influential cult in America.
Crisis of Conscience - By Raymond Franz, a former member of the WT's Governing Body. He describes his struggles in learning the inner workings of the WT, necessitating his leaving the WT.
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