If someone you love has joined a religious “cult” or such a group has moved into your neighborhood or they are becoming active in your community or any similar situation occurs then this book is where you should start when wondering what to do. It is not an exposition about the beliefs of various religious groups nor what defines a cult from a religion or any such thing. Instead it deals with an all too common problem, people basing their understanding of a group on prejudiced things they have heard, gossip or similar information. It deals with the alienation that often follows when parents and friends don’t understand why a person joins a different religious group. It also deals with how to recover that communication and recover the relationship.
This is a sensible guidebook for anyone who is concerned about the religious choices of others. Written out of the experience of helping thousands of concerned parents, friends, neighbors, etc., this book explains how to address the “problem” of a loved one joining a religion one doesn’t fully understand.
Logically, the first recommendation is to “calm down” so one can be effective in addressing the situation. Then a range of choices are given… advice on actual steps one can take to restore or improve communication, and why that is important, pitfalls to avoid in these situations (like deprogrammers), how to communicate your concerns to your loved one without alienating him or trampling on his rights, etc.
Surprisingly enough, the book gives good advice for parents about how to prepare one’s child for the myriad of religious choices out there! Very useful for just about any parent.