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  1. 5.7 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    A memoir of growing up with blind, African-American parents in a segregated cult preaching the imminent end of the world When The World in Flames begins, in 1970, Jerald Walker is six years old. His consciousness revolves around being a member of a church whose teachings he finds confusing and terrifying. Composed of a hodgepodge of religious beliefs, the underlying tenet of Herbert W. Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God was that members were God’s chosen race and all others would perish in just a few years’ time. The next life, according to Armstrong, would arrive in 1975, three years after the Great Tribulation. Walker would be eleven years old. Walker’s parents were particularly vulnerable to the promise of relief from this world’s hardships. They were living in a two-room apartment in a dangerous Chicago housing project with their four children. Both were blind, having lost their sight to childhood accidents, and took comfort in the belief that they had been chosen for a better afterlife. When the initial prophecy of the 1972 Great Tribulation does not materialize, Walker is considerably less disappointed than relieved. When the End-Time 1975 prophecy also fails, he finally begins to question his faith and to see a potential future for himself.

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    The World in Flames

    5.7 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 14.7 hrs • 1/14/2014 • Unabridged

    Twenty years ago, on November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, a commune in the depths of the Guyanese jungle, 913 followers of the Reverend Jim Jones obeyed his orders to take their own lives, dutifully swallowing fruit-flavored punch laced with cyanide. It was the worst mass suicide in modern history. The Peoples Temple had started out years before as a respectable church involved in community service and civil rights activism. Jim Jones’ followers grew in number, and the organization gained prominence in the San Francisco community, recognized by such high-profile figures as Mayor George Moscone and First Lady Rosalyn Carter. But by the time Jones and his followers had begun their emigration to the “promised land” in Guyana, the group had become increasingly militant and paranoid. Deborah Layton saw that something was seriously wrong the minute she arrived in Jonestown, and six months before the massacre, she escaped the guarded compound she had imagined would be paradise. Her warnings to the press and to the US State Department of an impending disaster fell on disbelieving ears: Exactly four days after her testimony in Washington, DC, Congressman Leo Ryan, three reporters, and over nine hundred Peoples Temple members, including Layton’s mother and countless friends, were dead. Layton’s return to the world outside of the Peoples Temple was slow and painful. Her brother remains in prison, the only person alive today held accountable for the tragedy. After years of shame and silence, she is finally telling her story. From Waco to Heaven’s Gate, the past decade has seen its share of cult tragedies, but none quite so dramatic or compelling as Jonestown. In this very personal account, Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults that pervade our existence and shows how any race, culture, or class of individuals can fall victim to a cult’s strange allure. Vividly written and powerfully told, Seductive Poison is both an unflinching historical document and an enthralling story of intrigue, power, and murder.

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    Seductive Poison

    14.7 hrs • 1/14/14 • Unabridged
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    14.1 hrs • 9/3/2013 • Unabridged

    Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family’s polygamous lifestyle from the outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ school headed by Warren Jeffs. Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people’s prophet: eighty-five-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren’s father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.  The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in, and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca’s subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life. The Witness Wore Red is a gripping account of one woman’s struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.

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    The Witness Wore Red

    By Rebecca Musser, with M. Bridget Cook
    14.1 hrs • 9/3/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 13.6 hrs • 9/3/2013 • Unabridged

    From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicleand Norwegian Wood, comes this work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, and as provocative as it is profound. In March of 1995, agents of a Japanese religious cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin, a gas twenty-six times as deadly as cyanide. In an attempt to discover the motivations behind the attack, Murakami conducted hundreds of interviews with the people involved, from the survivors to the perpetrators to the relatives of those who died. Concerned with the fundamental issues that led to the attack as well as these personal accounts, Underground is a document of what happened in Tokyo as well as a warning of what could happen anywhere.

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    Underground

    Translated by Alfred Birnbaum and Philip Gabriel
    13.6 hrs • 9/3/13 • Unabridged
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    8.1 hrs • 3/5/2013 • Unabridged

    You’ve likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you’ve seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the nine-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. The WBC is fervently anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and anti- practically everything and everyone—and they aren’t going anywhere. In March, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the WBC’s right to picket funerals. Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it’s perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of fifteen and then spat back out again seven years later. Banished is the first look inside the organization, as well as a fascinating story of adaptation and perseverance. Lauren spent her early years enjoying a normal life with her family in Florida. But when her formerly liberal and secular father set out to produce a documentary about the WBC, his detached interest gradually evolved into fascination, and he moved the entire family to Kansas to join the church and live on their compound. Over the next seven years, Lauren fully assimilated their extreme beliefs and became a member of the church and an active and vocal picketer. But as she matured and began to challenge some of the church’s tenets, she was unceremoniously cast out from the church and permanently cut off from her family and everyone else she knew and loved. Banished is the story of Lauren’s fight to find herself amid dramatic changes in a world of extremists and a life in exile.

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    Banished

    By Lauren Drain, with Lisa Pulitzer
    Read by Lauren Drain
    8.1 hrs • 3/5/13 • Unabridged
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    39.0 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    The Kingdom of the Cults has been the authoritative reference work on major cult systems for more than forty years. In an era of rapid cult growth worldwide, Christians today need the information in this book more than ever. It will equip readers from every walk of life to use biblical truth to counter the efforts of cults to masquerade as mainstream Christians. Working closely together, Ravi Zacharias and managing editors Jill and Kevin Rische have updated and augmented the work with new material. This book will continue as a crucial tool in countercult ministry and in evangelism for years to come. Among cults and religions included are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, New Age cults, the Unification Church, Baha’i Faith, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Readable and reliable, this book sets the standard for reference books on cults.

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    The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin

    The Kingdom of the Cults

    Edited by Ravi Zacharias
    39.0 hrs • 1/1/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 14.9 hrs • 9/1/2009 • Unabridged

    In the first edition of The Mormon Mirage, Latayne C. Scott shared her remarkable journey out of Mormonism as she uncovered shocking inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and contradictions in the faith she had loved and lived. Thirty years later, Mormonism and Mormon scholarship have evolved with the times. In this third, revised and updated edition of her well-known book, Scott keeps pace with changes and advances in Mormonism, and reveals formidable new challenges to its claims and teachings. The Mormon Mirage provides fascinating, carefully documented insights into: – DNA research’s withering implications for the Book of Mormon– the impact of new “revelations” on Latter-day Saint (LDS) race relations– new findings about Mormon history– increasing publicity about LDS splinter groups, particularly polygamous ones– recent disavowals of long-held doctrines by church leadership– the rise of Mormon apologetics on the Internet More than a riveting, insider’s scrutiny of the Mormon faith, this book is a testimony to the trustworthiness of scripture and the grace of Jesus Christ.

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    The Mormon Mirage

    14.9 hrs • 9/1/09 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.5 hrs • 9/29/2008 • Unabridged

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property—complete with boathouse and swimming pool—and the price were too good to pass up. Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror. This is the spellbinding, bestselling true story that gripped the nation, the story of a house possessed by evil spirits, haunted by psychic phenomena almost too terrible to describe.

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    The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

    The Amityville Horror

    Read by Ray Porter
    6.5 hrs • 9/29/08 • Unabridged
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