Recommended Reading

Helpful Books

(in no particular order)

  1. The Feeling Good Handbook
  2. Intimate Connections
  3. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
  4. Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom
  5. Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening
  6. Secular Buddhism
  7. Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
  8. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  9. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  10. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  11. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
  12. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha
  13. The Ethical Slut, Third Edition: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love
  14. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow*
  15. The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition*

About High Control Religion

*Note: These books can be intense if you’re reading them after leaving a high control religion. Learning about High Control Religion can definitely be helpful in your healing but take your time with these if you need to.

  1. Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems
  2. Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults
  3. EXiting the JW Cult: A Healing Handbook: For Current & Former Jehovah’s Witnesses
  4. Cults in Our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace by Singer, Margaret Thaler (2003) Paperback*
  5. Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry*

*Indicates books I haven’t yet read but are on my list to read

If you have books you’ve found helpful please let me know using the form below and I can add them to the list: