Steve Hassan, a highly respected opponent of destructive cults has produced several books which we consider the leading resources for helping you help those that you love to escape abusive churches. Hassan has been involved in educating the public about mind control, controlling groups and destructive cults since 1976.
Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs is Steve Hassan’s latest book that provides knowledge and awareness needed to help yourself and your loved ones leave controlling people, cults and beliefs. This comprehensive book book combines Hassan’s innovative approach (called Strategic Interactive Approach) with effective and practical application to helping free a human being from the bondage of mental manipulation.
This book captures Steven’s excellent thoughts on what goes on in controlling groups that exercise undue influence on people’s lives. I found this book highly relevant, having just left a “new religious movement” in 2011. Steven’s BITE model and revamped strategy helped me immensely. I can now understand much more clearly what I was going through, what I experienced and most importantly, why I feel and act certain ways as I recover from an overdose of Bible study. I really appreciated Steven’s respect for all beliefs. His books gives me the articulations I couldn’t express on my own. — Amazon Customer
I thought this was an excellent book. Having been in a spiritually abusive church with many of the same issues Mr Hassan spoke about, this book is helping me to let go of the cult mindset. It takes a long time to get free of this sort of mindset and one should not expect easy answers. I am about 1/4 of the way through the book and am taking my time reading it. I am so thankful to him for writing this book. — Patrick A. Greene (Amazon)
My family walked away from a small cult fourteen months ago. I wish someone had read this book for my sake while we were still in it. Despite making the decision to leave on our own, it was very lonely and frightening. Friends and family did their best to support us, but they really had no idea what we had been through or how to help. To them, we had just left a crazy church. They could not imagine what we had actually experienced, nor was I sure we should tell them. In fact, I did not completely understand it myself. — Tereasa (Amazon)
This book is intelligently written and clearly spells out the warning signs and hidden dangers of groups that secretly exercise mind control. It details the steps used to lure and keep even the most highly intelligent people unaware they are living in a cult. This book is a must read for anyone trying to recover from such involvement. By understanding the dynamics, it will help them untangle their minds and heal. I highly recommend this book. — Gail Tredwell (Amazon)
This is the third book that is written by Steven Hassan and I have been fortunate enough to read them all. For almost twenty years I was a member of a destructive cult, without knowing it. Even after leaving that cult, still I didn’t know that I was a member of a destructive cult under worst kind of mind manipulation. I have to thank Steven greatly as his first book opened my eyes and showed me the way out of predicament of being a member of a cult and leaving it. His book showed me the way how to deal with `paranoia’ and `phobia’ that we take with ourselves from the cult. How to face family and friends once more and be able to socialize with people, even strangers as a normal person, trust them and show them usual affections. I am sure Steven has helped many individuals out of the cult and has showed them the way how to deal with problems of after cult, but I feel this book will help many who have a loved one in a cult and are not fortunate enough to know people like Steven and cannot get personal assistance. Using this book they can understand their loved ones, their sufferings, their change of personality and how to face them and how to help them out of the cult, people who are not American or reside in America. Once more, I love to thank him very much and applaud him for his tireless effort in helping people out of destructive cults. – Masoud