What it's about: This thought-provoking guide to cults takes a special look at how such groups use language as a tool and how the modern "language of fanaticism" is making its way outside of religious spaces.
Groups discussed include: Synanon, the Peoples Temple, Heaven's Gate, and followers of controversial social media "spiritual influencers" such as Bentinho Massaro.
Why you might like it: Although the writing in Cultish is both engaging and accessible, the points raised by author Amanda Montell are well-grounded in scholarly research.
Discover the secrets to a fearless, meaningful life, found in the wisdom of Jewish scripture. Today, more than ever, we act out of fear. We fear change, rejection, failure, and suffering. But what if we could find a way to live that challenges conventional Western psychology and looks to the future instead of picking over the past? What if we could replace our fear with purpose, and discover our potential for growth instead of focusing on our limits?
An internationally acclaimed author and teacher provides new tools to grow spiritually, showing us how to transform everyday experiences of hopelessness, emptiness and pain into fulfillment, meaning and joy.
What it is: an impassioned and thought-provoking exploration of the biblical and cultural foundations of the concept of "biblical womanhood," and author Beth Allison Barr's experiences with the fallout of questioning the established order as a youth minister.
Why you might like it: Barr's arguments effectively combine well-researched analysis of scripture with personal reflections from her own journey through making sense of this complex, polemical topic.
Using innovative graphics and typography this guide to philosophy helps demystify difficult concepts and provides clarification of theories and abstract concepts for those new to the area or with a general interest in how social and ethical ideas are formed.
This wonderful gift book, filled with beautiful illustrations, explores the three qualities — truth, love and freedom — that we must bring into everyday life to help us uncover and trust the innate goodness in ourselves and others.
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