A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Books by Topic: The Abusive Mindset in General

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Character Disturbance, Defective or Absent conscience, Manipulative people, Sociopaths, Psychopaths.

Unholy Charade: Unmasking the Domestic Abuser in the Church

by Jeff Crippen with Rebecca Davis. Pastor and author Jeff Crippen presents Christ’s body with a work steeped in Scripture that lays before us a map of the abusive mind, the tactics of abuse, the effects abuse has on its victims, and the tragic way our churches have failed the victims of this sin. He issues a clarion call for those who love Christ to answer the call to love the oppressed and speak for the victims – together we can root out the wolves in the midst of the flock and unmask the domestic abuser in the church hiding in our pews.

Why Does He Do That: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

***IMPORTANT NOTE:  While we endorse Lundy’s writings about the dynamics of domestic abuse, we do not recommend anyone attend the ‘healing retreats’ Lundy Bancroft offers or become involved in his ‘Peak Living Network.” See our post, ACFJ Does Not Recommend Lundy Bancroft’s Retreats or His New Peak Living Network for more about our concerns.

by Lundy Bancroft. This book will take you far in your journey to wise up to the deceptions of abusers.  Note:  Bancroft’s books contains some vulgar language because he quotes abusers.  An excellent review of this book can be found here.

In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People

by George Simon, Jr.  Simon understands the mentality of the sociopath.  In this book, he deals with covert abuse and its tactics.

The Judas Syndrome: Why Good People Do Awful Things

by George Simon Jr.  Has a more overtly Christian tone than Simon’s other two books.

How Did We End Up Here?:  Surviving and Thriving in a Character-Disordered World

by George Simon Jr. He answers questions such as: Can he (she) really change? Is there a chance for us?  Should I stay or do I go?  What do I do about the lies, deceit, and manipulation?

How He Gets Into Her Head:  The Mind of the Male Intimate Abuser.

by Don Hennessy. This book uncovers the layers of covert tactics which men employ to establish and maintain control over their intimate partner.  By deepening our understand of what is going on the author suggests that we can develop a more efficient and consistent response to the issue.

Coercive Control

by Evan Stark. Founder of one of America’s first battered women’s shelters,  Stark shows how ‘domestic violence’ is neither primarily domestic nor necessarily violent, but a pattern of controlling behaviors more akin to terrorism and hostage-taking.

The Sociopath Next Door

by Martha Stout.  I (Jeff Crippen) found myself writing down quote after quote while reading this book.  Stout introduces us to the reality that conscienceless people are far more numerous than we realize, and she helps us learn to recognize their mentality and tactics, and how we must deal with them.

Character Disturbance: The Phenomenon of Our Age

by George Simon, Jr.  Any abuse victim reading this book is very likely to say “he is describing my situation!”

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us 

by Robert Hare.  Robert Hare is a leader in the field of criminal and abnormal psychology.  He has designed the most reliable tool used for testing for psychopaths.

The books that follow under this line have not yet been categorized in order of how strongly we recommend them.
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Steps to Freedom: Escaping Intimate Control

by Don Hennessy. From this post: “Controlling behaviour, particularly of men towards women, is far more common in all walks of life than we have been led to believe. In this easy-to-read guide, best-selling author Don Hennessy offers practical advice to all those dealing with violent or controlling behaviour in their own lives, based on his experience of dealing with hundreds of such people in a therapeutic setting. Most important, he explains to the reader how they can throw off the shackles and live lives free from fear and intimidation.”

BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, Their Hostile Emails, Personal Attacks and Social Media Meltdowns.

by Bill Eddy.  Written by president and co-founder of High Conflict Institute, Eddy created the BIFF response to protect you and your reputation by responding quickly and civilly to people who treat you rudely — while being reasonable in return.  BIFF stands for Brief, Informative, Friendly, and Firm.  This little book gives over 20 examples of BIFF responses for all areas of life — plus additional tips to help you deal with high-conflict people anywhere.

Snakes in Suits:  When Psychopaths Go to Work

by Robert Hare and Paul Babiak. Researchers Paul Babiak and Robert Hare have long studied psychopaths. Hare, the author of Without Conscience, is a world-renowned expert on psychopathy, and Babiak is an industrial-organizational psychologist. The two came together to study how psychopaths operate in corporations, and the results were surprising.

Olympic Gospel Mission Bible Studies on Domestic Abuse

This is a PDF created by Olympia Union Gospel Mission.  This workbook includes ten biblical studies which focus on understanding the basic dynamics of domestic violence relationships, including verbal abuse.


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