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The resources provided are an assortment of books, podcasts, and documents. They are not exclusively faith-based but instead focus on education, healing, and processing. You'll find information and guidence around spiritual abuse, materials to assist with leaving high-control environments, and first hand-accounts and critical looks at The Lord's Recovery.


"In this episode we discuss spiritual trauma: what it is, how to cope with it, and how to support others through it."

The Liturgists Podcast

Spiritual Trauma (podcast episode)


This book is helpful in recognising the damage done to one's soul by spiritual abuse and rebuilding your relationship with God in a healthy way.

by Jeff Van Vonderen, Dale Ryan, and Juanita Ryan

Soul Repair - Rebuilding Your Spiritual Life


This book is a true story - Jane's personal account of her journey through and out of The Local Church of Witness Lee.

Also available for free online:

by Jane Carole Anderson

The Thread of Gold: God's Purpose, the Cross, and Me


An online document: Writings of former leading brothers concerning a time of turmoil in the Lord’s recovery that consummated in division and their quarantines.

Collected authors

Deviating from the Path in the Lord's Recovery


A guide for former fundamentalists and others leaving their religion.

by Marlene Winell

Leaving the Fold


A memior of a woman's journey through an evangelical cult, lingering effects of spiritual abuse and the growing hope that God can still be good when His people fail.

by Elizabeth Esther

Girl at the End of the World

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Journey Free is dedicated to helping people transition out of harmful religions, recover from trauma, and rebuild their lives.  We are here to help! Journey Free has developed programs for both individuals and groups.

Recovery from Harmful Religion

Journey Free


(book) Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church

by David Johnson

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse

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(video) This audio features Dr. Martin discussing the teachings of the local churches from a theological perspective. 

by Dr. Walter Ralston Martin

Christian Research Institute


Ex-Insider's Analysis of Witness Lee & The Local Church Movement

by John Myer

A Future and A Hope - Church Life beyond the Local Church Movement


The Christian life is not about performance. It is simply learning to live in the Father's unlimited affection.

by Wayne Jacobsen

He Loves Me


Jesus is building His own church, apart from manmade religious systems. His church is everywhere because it is found in relationships and community in the body of Christ.

by Wayne Jacobsen

Finding Church


The BITE Model describes the specific methods used to recruit and maintain control over people.

Steven Hassan's BITE Model


Using extensive research, this book explores trauma as it affects physical bodies and then healing from it.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma


A new method for uncovering the childhood origins of a negative self concept, and the processing of it.

by Nathaniel Branden

Breaking Free

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After leaving the Recovery Albert helped many to understand and work through their recovery from the Recovery.  This led to him writing this book.

by Albert Zehr

Finding the Church (Hopes- Illusions and Disillusions, in Search of the "Perfect" Church) 

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