Getting out of an abusive relationship can be hard and even dangerous.  None of the resources listed here replace the help of a qualified psychotherapist.  Most mental health providers do not advertise help with RTS (Religious Trauma Syndrome, yes its a thing), however any solid therapist is trained to recognize abuse and trauma.  Find one that feels comfortable, even if you have to look around.


Spiritual Abuse: stories and resources

Warning Signs:  Am I in a cult?/Am I a cult leader?

Journey Free:  Online RTS support group

Recovering From Religion This website has a wealth of resources, including a Hotline and Live Chat, when you need to talk to someone who understands RIGHT NOW.

ExChristian:  Forum for reading stories from survivors and online chat.  Best feature:  write and submit your own story!  The regular members will give positive feedback, emotional support and invaluable advice.  Trolls, be warned:  they will have you for lunch.


Leaving the Fold by Dr. Marlene Winell Ph.D.

Trusting Doubt by Dr. Valerie Tarico Ph.D.

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers


The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid by Ronna Russell

Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After my Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent

Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood

Holy Ghost Girl by Donna Johnson,

Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres,

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Joy Unspeakable by Joy Hopper

Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions by Susan Tive and Cami Ostman, 

anything by Tom Robbins, especially Skinny Legs and All and Half Asleep in Frogs Pajamas



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