Books

Books for People Leaving Any Religion

Recovering from Religion’s “Recommended Reading” List
Journey Free’s “Recommended Reading” List

Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions
(Cami Ostman, a collection of stories from women of many religions, inc. Moonies)
Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment
(Janet Heimlich)
Coming out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why
(Greta Christina)
Leaving the Fold: A guide for former fundamentalists and others leaving their religion 
(Marlene Winell)
Leaving Your Religion: A Practical Guide to Becoming Non-Religious
 (James Mulholland)
Mom, Dad, I’m Atheist: (David McAfee, on coming out – and not just to your parents)
Out of the Cults and Into the Church: Understanding and Encouraging Ex-Cultists (Janis Hutchinson – unsure what angle this author comes from, but may be helpful)
Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion (Karen L. Garst, a collection of stories from women of many religions)

Memoirs, Collections of Stories, and Guides on Leaving a Specific Religion

All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir (Shulem Deen, ex-Skverer – isolated Hasidic sect)
Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church
(Lauren Drain)
Becoming Unorthodox: Stories of ex-Hasidic Jews
(Lynn Davidman)
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
(Jenna Miscavige Hill)
Crossing Over: One Woman’s Escape from Amish Life 
(Ruth Irene Garrett)
Escape from Paradise: Leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watch Tower after thirty-five years of lost dreams (Brock Talon)
Exit Strategy: A Guide to Leaving Mormonism with your Dignity and Integrity Intact (Micah McAllister)
Exodus: A Memoir
(Deborah Feldman, sequel to Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots) 
I Fired God: My Life Inside – and Escape From – the Secret World of the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Cult (Jocelyn Zichterman)
Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future
(Elizabeth Esther)
Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists
 (Edward T. Babinski)
Leaving the Saints: How I Lost Mormonism and Found My Faith (Martha Beck)
Leaving
Islam: Apostates Speak Out
(Ibn Warraq, a collection of stories)
Leaving Scientology: A Practical Guide to Escape and Recovery
(Jefferson Hawkins)
No Will of My Own: How Patriarchy Smothers Female Dignity & Personhood
(Jon H. Zens, Wade Burleson, Stephen Crosby)
Quivering Daughters
(Hillary McFarland, abusive effects of Quiverfull patriarchy on women)
Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
(Kathryn Joyce)
Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control
(Luna Lindsey)
Sacred Road: my journey through abuse, leaving the Mormons and embracing spirituality 
(Todd Maxwell Preston)
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church (Rachel Held Evans)
Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home (Leah Lax)
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
(Deborah Feldman)

Advertisements