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RELIGIOUS TRAUMA + SPIRITUAL ABUSE + CULT RECOVERY
MEDIA RECOMMENDATIONS

BOOKS

  • THE RELIGIOUS TRAUMA SURVIVAL GUIDE by Anna Clark Miller

  • #ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing by Emily Joy Allison

  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

  • Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science by Mike McHargue

  • God Attachment: Why You Believe, Act, and Feel the Way You Do About God by Tim Clinton and Joshua Staub

  • How the Bible Actually Works by Peter Enns

  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough” by Brene Brown

  • It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn

  • Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation By Kristin Kobes Du Mez

  • Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion by Marlene Winell

  • No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems by Richard Schwartz Ph.D.

  • Outlove: A Queer Christian Survival Story by Julie Rodgers

  • Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free by Linda Kay Klein

  • The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk

  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

  • The Great Sex Rescue: The Lies You've Been Taught and How to Recover What God Intended by Sheila Wray Gregoire & Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach

  • The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen

  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman

  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle

  • When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community from Emotional and Spiritual Abuse by Chuck DeGroat

  • You Are Your Own: A Reckoning with the Religious Trauma of Evangelical Christianity by Jamie Lee Finch

PODCASTS

  • For the Love with Jen Hatmaker

  • The Deconstructionists Podcast

  • The FoMo (Former Mormon) Podcast

  • The Gateway: Teal Swan

  • The Liturgists

  • The Modesty Files

  • The Phil Drysdale Show

  • The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

  • You Have Permission

DOCUMENTARIES

  • Cults and Extreme Belief (2018)

  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

  • Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults (2020)

  • Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed (2022)

  • Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (2022)

  • Mormon No More (2022)

  • Pray Away (2021)

  • Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets (2023)

  • The Deep End (2022)

  • The Keepers (2017)

  • Wild Wild Country (2018)

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