Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores by Diane Langberg.
The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church by David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen.
Exposing Spiritual Abuse by Mike Fehlauer.
Spiritual Abuse: Religion at Its Worst by June Hunt.
Spiritual Abuse Recovery: Dynamic Research on Finding a Place of Wholeness by Barbara M. Orlowski.
Faith That Hurts, Faith That Heals/Understanding the Fine Line Between Healthy Faith and Spiritual Abuse by Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton.
The following books are more about spiritual and emotional abuse in marriage, but many of the principles apply to abusive churches too.
A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church by Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood.
The following are secular books but still many helpful observations.
Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft.
In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People by George K. Simon.
Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad-and Surprising Good-About Feeling Special by Dr. Craig Malkin.
The following are out of print but may still be purchased used.
Recovery from Spiritual Abuse by Juanita and Dale Ryan
Phil Monroe Series
Culture, Christendom, and Christ with Diane Langberg.
Notice: We are posting here links to two valuable resources dealing with spiritual abuse. Ronald Enroth is a leading scholar on cults and cultism respected by both secular and religious media. His books on spiritual abuse are considered classics. Both of these books are now available free online in pdf. format. These volumes will help the victims of spiritual abuse and their families cope with reentry into the Christian mainstream.
If you or someone you know has been abused spiritually or has been a part of a spiritually abusive church we urge you to take advantage of these free resources. We will make these books a permanent part of the website in our Spiritual Abuse section