Press Release: Ex-Mormon Connects the Dots Between Mind Control and the LDS Church

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Writing from personal experience, Luna Lindsey releases ‘Recovering Agency’ this July

SEATTLE, Wash. – When Luna Lindsey left the Mormon faith in 2001 at the age of 26, she didn’t think she had anything to recover from. But as she dug deep inside herself, she discovered that the church was using more than just spiritual answers to keep itself alive.

In Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control (July 22, 2014), Lindsey connects the dots between LDS policies, doctrines, and culture to reveal the secrets, coercion, and brainwashing she found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which she backs up with the most current scientific research on social psychology.

In her tell-all book, Lindsey shares a story about a friend who got pulled into a small cult. The cult’s leader ironically suggested to Lindsey that that she be “deprogrammed” from her experience in the LDS Church.

“I didn’t take her seriously at first, but something inside me chimed,” Lindsey says. “I began reading books about cults. What I discovered about other groups and their methods resonated strongly within me about how Mormonism operated.”

In those pages, Lindsey found healing, and she wanted to pass on her newfound knowledge. She connected online with other ex-Mormons and discovered that she was not alone.

“I discovered suffering souls who had been disowned by their families,” Lindsey says. “Those who had lost jobs for changing their religious views. Those who had lost their faith, but still pretended to believe for the sake of their families and marriages. Those who, sadly, told the truth about their beliefs and lost their spouses, their children.”

Recovering Agency outlines 31 manipulative mind control techniques used by the LDS Church to keep their members obedient, and the detrimental effects of belonging to such high-demand factions.

“I’d really like to help all people find freedom of thought, integrity, self-actualization, self-awareness, and awareness of the world around them,” Lindsey says. “This book focuses on how Mormonism infringes on these principles, but other organizations and even societal thought structures do the same.”


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    • Andrew on July 23, 2014 at 2:14 am
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    I congratulate and wish you well in your honourable endeavours, as you highlight in systematic detail, the psychological and controlling techniques employed by the Mormon church, and the long term damage that it can inflict on the unsuspecting recipient.
    Thank you for your work in exposing this ongoing problem in regard to mind control from a religious context and the emergence of your informative and important book on this troubling subject.

    1. Thanks! :)

    • Andrew on July 23, 2014 at 4:35 am
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    I might add to the above, that if I had been able to access this important and liberating information whilst in the throes of my own awkward transition out of the Mormon church, I may have been more understanding of my state of mind at that turbulent time, and less aggressive during the painful deprogramming process, which can still inhibit even yet.
    Indeed I feel that I would have been much more successful in making sense of and coming to terms with the unstabling nature of the destructive fallout, as my mind continued through the defragmentation process, being released finally from its state of siege and from the smothering grasp of Mormon extremism.
    I feel confident that this valuable book can be a tremendous therapeutic and reassuring vehicle in soothing current and future victims of the trauma and sense of sheer frustration that can be often associated with this painful transition back to normality, as the mind disassembles the many layers of relentless religious indoctrination and in the illuminating process, remarkably rediscover yourself again.

    1. Same. Sometimes they say tell us writers to write the book you want to read. I very much did that. Hopefully others can get it while they’re in that stage.

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