"Cult" may refer to the original and typically ancient sense of "religious practice" or to a newly established religious movement. It is also a pejorative term for a group whose religious beliefs are considered fanatical and unacceptable. (See also cult classics.)

The Leftovers
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)
Ice Cold (Rizzoli & Isles, #8)
The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice, #8)
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
Halt's Peril (Ranger's Apprentice, #9)
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
Always Watching
The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice
Gated (Gated, #1)
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson
Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
One Door Away from Heaven
A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
The Chosen One
Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple
The Kingdom of the Cults
Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted
The 19th Wife by David EbershoffThe Chosen One by Carol Lynch WilliamsKeep Sweet by Michele Dominguez GreeneSister Wife by Shelley HrdlitschkaHidden Wives by Claire Avery
Polygamist Cults
19 books — 92 voters

Escape by Carolyn JessopStolen Innocence by Elissa WallBeyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige HillUnder the Banner of Heaven by Jon KrakauerUnorthodox by Deborah Feldman
Small. Offbeat Religion Memoirs
128 books — 59 voters
Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon? by Wayne L. CowdreyStanding for Something More by Lyndon LambornOut of Mormonism by Judy RobertsonSecret Ceremonies by Deborah LaakeGod Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
39 books — 15 voters

The data on organised abuse has been simplified or distorted in an attempt force it to conform to mechanical psychological models of dissociative obedience or else to the psychiatric framework of ‘paedophilia’. Psychopathology alone is an inadequate explanation for environments in which sexual abuse has a social and symbolic function for groups of adults. Abusive groups do not emerge in a vacuum but rather they are formed within pre-existing social arrangements such as families, churches and sch...more
Michael Salter, Organised Sexual Abuse

Thomas Wolfe
Among other things Jonestown was an example of a definition well known to sociologists of religion: a cult is a religion with no political power.
Thomas Wolfe

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Invisible Chains (The Cult: Book 1)
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The Little Town of Madrigal
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