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In 2012, Mormon General Authority Marlin K. Jensen acknowledged that members are leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "in droves". Access to the internet is often credited and blamed for this mass exodus, where members learn about problematic doctrines and cover-ups of LDS history.

Many are happy as Mormons. And many are not. Those who leave, and those doubters who stay face struggles that few others can understand. Much of this suffering is caused by manipulative and controlling techniques pervasive throughout LDS doctrines and culture. Understanding these techniques will help recovering Mormons overcome the effects of belonging to a high-demand group.

As a former Mormon, Luna Lindsey experienced this coercive persuasion firsthand. Recovering Agency presents years of research into social psychology and the science of cult dynamics, to describe 31 mind-control techniques alongside examples of their use in Mormon scripture, lessons, and from the pulpit.

Even if you have never been Mormon, chances are that coercive influence techniques have been used to manipulate you at some point. Listen on and learn the answers to longstanding questions about this unique American religion and about the human mind.

©2013-2014 Luna Flesher Lindsey (P)2016 Luna Flesher Lindsey

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  • Sam Lyman
  • 17-10-2018

I highly recommended this book

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how Mormonism and Mormon authority figures exert mind control. This book draws upon the work of cult experts and is a worthwhile read for anyone who feels like they have been in any kind of cult or mind control group or relationship.

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  • KJT
  • 18-01-2020

Mostly fair

To be fair I have to say my Father was born LDS so I am not unbiased. For the most part the book gets it right on history. On doctrine my family seem to not be confused they just obey as they have been raised.

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  • Anthony D. Miller
  • 20-11-2018

Extremely helpful book to further heal after a faith deconstruction.

I’m almost 31 months into my faith transition out of black-and-white thinking Mormonism.

While this book would have been premature for me during the first 12-18 months, while I was fully deconstructing Mormon Church History and conservative Christianity, this book is exactly what I needed at this stage in my journey.

The two most important and helpful books for me before this one were Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, and God: A Human History.

At this point, I’d now add this book to have been equally as helpful to me as Sapiens and God.

Thank you Luna for your work on this :-)

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  • Kathryn
  • 07-11-2019

Set free!

The reader was great! Information was liberating. I will be recommending this book to all my post Mormon friends. I stopped attending 5 years ago, but so much mindset was still left in there guiding my choices. I know I will listen to it 2 or 3 more times to fully digest this complex information on mind control. Startling and disturbing! I’m so glad I broke free, thanks Luna for removing more blocks!

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  • L. Melissa
  • 09-10-2019

Poor Narration

True as this story may be I had to return this book. It was hard to listen to. The Narrater's voice was very dry and flat. And the topic covered in the first one third of the book read too much like a text book.

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  • Michele Esposito
  • 28-06-2019

Hard to get through

First off the narrator is HORRIBLE - a man reading a woman’s text in the most exaggerated and flighty way. What possessed the publisher to pick this voice artist is beyond comprehension. On top of this, the text is repetitive. Good editing could have cut this to a third of the length. Some good info but nothing new. Too focused on LDS = a cult. The very last bit before the conclusion where she goes through the story of Adam & Eve tagging each verse by brainwashing technique is perfect and sums up her whole thesis. Just read that.

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  • Not today
  • 02-05-2019

More like a school research paper than a book.

This read more like a school research paper than a book, which was fine, and very interesting for what it was, but it never flowed like the author had any expertise of her own. As a exmormon, it was very interesting, and thoughtful as a breakdown of many of the false mind tricks you can carry with you, even after breaking away from Mormonism.

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  • postscriptive
  • 27-06-2019

Unlistenable

Seriously, what is UP with this narrator? His diction is so stilted and his phrasing so odd and robotic he sounds like a sketch comedy actor.
I simply could not listen another second longer. Ridiculous!

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  • Vincent M. Maysee
  • 28-02-2018

excellent!

I was impressed with Ms. Lindsey's knowledge of Mormonism. I'm glad to be out of this cult as well!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-2017

This book was therapy for me- A MUST READ

Absolutely brilliantly written. The painful awareness of truth resolved the cognitive dissonance and freed me.

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