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Here you will find a variety of resources specifically for people with a background in Christian Science and those who walk alongside them.

FFCS doesn’t endorse all of the views of each resource and website suggested. These resources have been helpful to former CS in their journey.

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Former CS Experience.

The following books, resources and websites were all created by people with a background in Christian Science.

Ananias

Pilgrims of the Cross of Christ from Christian Science: http://www.ananias.org/. Christian ministry with testimonies and blog posts of former CS now believers in Christ.

Christian Way

http://christianway.org. Christian ministry with testimonials, apologetics, resources, and online forum.

Ex-Christian Science

http://www.exchristianscience.com. Secular site “providing information, resources and support for those who have left Christian Science and those questioning the religion founded by Mary Baker Eddy.”

Children’s Healthcare is a Legal Duty: C.H.I.L.D.

http://childrenshealthcare.org/. Secular legal group working to end child abuse and neglect related to religious practices. This organization was started by a former Christian Scientist.

God’s Perfect Child

by Caroline Fraser. “Caroline Fraser delivers the most intelligent, humane, and even-handed history yet published of this important American religion. God’s Perfect Child begins by telling the life story of Mary Baker Eddy, who founded Christian Science in 1879.

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Eddy built the church from a fringe sect into a mainstream religion whose wealth and power exceeded that of many Protestant denominations in the mid-20th century–and were considerably augmented by the church’s once-popular newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor.”

Perfect Peril

by Linda Kramer. “Christian Scientists are trapped in a belief system that distorts their perception of reality, teaches them to mistrust their senses, and denies them many of the natural instincts that go along with being human. Perfect Peril is a tool for understanding and recovering from the Christian Science mindset.

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The book examines Christian Science in light of Robert J. Lifton’s classic criteria for “thought reform” and shows how this religion lures its followers into thinking patterns that can harm them emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It also examines Mary Baker Eddy’s charismatic personality, leadership style, claim to divine authority, and misuse of biblical terms. Perfect Peril has been a source of validation, understanding, and resolution for people negatively impacted by Christian Science.”

fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science

[secular book] by Lucia Greenhouse. In this haunting, beautifully written book, Lucia pulls back the curtain on the Christian Science faith and chronicles its complicated legacy for her family.  At once an essentially American coming-of-age story and a glimpse into the practices of a religion few really understand, fathermothergod is an unflinching exploration of personal loss and the boundaries of family and faith.

Questions About Christianity.

The following books, resources and websites engage with the deep struggles of faith and why they can’t be ignored.

Christianity Explored

Resources and short videos exploring what is Christianity, the tough questions of Christianity, and why people become Christians

The God Who is There

by Francis Schaeffer. Schaeffer discusses “where the clashing ideas about God, science, history and art came from and where they are going.”

Mere Christianity

by C.S. Lewis. Lewis “explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. [It]…provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.”

The Reason for God 

by Tim Keller. Pastor Tim Keller helps us reach out by providing compelling answers to common questions of seekers and critics of Christianity.

Skeptics Welcome

Pastor Tim Keller addresses common questions asked by skeptics of biblical Christianity.

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical

by Timothy Keller. As human beings, we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs.

The Case for Christ

by Lee Strobel. Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools such as Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, asking hard-hitting questions – and building a captivating case for Christ’s divinity.

Got Questions

Your questions. Biblical Answers.

The God Who Is There

by Don Carson. The series articulates Christianity in a way that causes hearers either to reject or embrace it. It’s one thing to know the Bible’s storyline, but it’s another to know one’s role in God’s ongoing story of redemption.

Tough Questions from Christianity Explored

Different people answer some of the most common questions that get asked about Christianity.

Bible Study Resources.

The following books, resources and websites teach biblically based principals for studying scripture, developing an authentic relationship with God, and flourishing as you live out your faith in Jesus Christ.

Bible Gateway

Online Bible resource. Allows you to read, search and study different translations of God’s Word.

Covenant Seminary Resources

Free Christ-centered Seminary classes, podcasts, and sermons.

The Gospel Coalition Resources

Gospel-centered resources, bible study plans, blogs and sermons organized by speaker and Scripture.

Precept Ministries International

A ministry equipping people to study God’s Word using the inductive Bible Study method. “Inductive means we use the Bible as the primary source of study to learn about God and what the Bible teaches.” The 40 minute study “Having a Real Relationship with God” is a great place to start.

God’s Big Picture: Book

Vaughan Roberts gives you the big picture–showing how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom of God. He provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding.

God’s Big Picture: Curriculum

A free video study tool that walks through each of the nine units of the book. Each unit features a video of 10-12 minutes and a study guide.

Jesus Story Book Bible

If you are a parent, grandparent, pastor, or teacher looking for a way to teach the children in your life about God’s “Never Stopping, Never Giving up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love,” look no further.

Seeking God’s Face

From the very beginning of the church, Christians have found it helpful to pause for prayer during various times of the day. Whether for morning or evening devotions or other fixed-time prayers, such spiritual respites were deemed essential to worshiping God.

Bible Study Fellowship

Verse by verse, we approach the Bible as God’s Truth, to be studied, savored and lived out.

The Bible Project

The Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus, but we don’t always treat it that way. At The Bible Project, we make animated videos that explore the books and themes of the Bible.

Got Questions

Your questions. Biblical Answers.

Biblical Christianity.

Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

by Brennan Manning. God “longs for us to know in the depth of our beings that He loves us and accepts us as we are. When we are our true selves, we can finally claim our identity as God’s child―Abba’s child―and experience His pure pleasure in who we are.”

Enjoying God

by RC Sproul. Discover the attributes of God through the questions many of us have asked: Where are you, God? Can I trust you, God? and more.

Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

Finding Hope in Hard Times by Henri Nouwen. “Let God move you through your suffering- whatever form it takes- and into the joy of dancing…moment by moment in his grace.”

Far as the Curse is Found

by Michael Williams. Williams clearly explains how Scripture is a unified story of redemption.

Praying Backwards

by Bryan Chapel. “Transform your prayer life by Beginning in Jesus’ name.”

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God

by Henry T. Blackaby. “Experiencing God is based on seven Scriptural realities that teach us how to develop a true relationship with the Creator.”

The Valley of Vision

A Collection of Puritan Prayers. This collection of Puritan Prayers soften hearts and expand our vocabulary for confessing sins, expressing faith, and living in relationship with our personal God.

Recovery. 

Running on Empty

by Jonice Webb (secular). The first self-help book about Emotional Neglect: an invisible force from your childhood which you can’t see, but may be affecting you profoundly to this day. It is about what didn’t happen in your childhood, what wasn’t said, and what cannot be remembered.

Changes that Heal

by Henry Cloud. Drawing on case studies, a clinical psychologist shows how to achieve emotional and spiritual growth, reach self-fulfillment, and enjoy satisfying relationships through an accessible four-step program of healing.

The Body Keeps the Score

by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.  (secular) Trauma is a fact of life. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children.

Adult Children of the Emotionally Immature

by Lindsay C. Gibson (secular). If you grew up with an emotionally immature, unavailable, or selfish parent, you may have lingering feelings of anger, loneliness, betrayal, or abandonment. These wounds can be healed, and you can move forward in your life.

Children of the self-absorbed

by Nina W. Brown (secular). Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from even very young children. This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder.

Safe People

by Henry Cloud. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend offer solid guidance for making safe choices in relationships. They help identify the nurturing people we all need in our lives, as well as ones we need to learn to avoid  

Bold Love

by Dan B. Allender. Allender teaches about how to forgive, love, and remain in healthy relationships maintaining boundaries with people who have hurt us.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life

by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. “Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible.

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In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not.” Cloud and Townsend help us learn how to be known and how we can know others by developing healthy relationships with boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.”

A Just Forgiveness

by Everet L. Worthington. When serious injury or wrongdoing takes place, we cry out for justice to be done. At the same time, Christian faith calls for forgiveness and mercy.

False Teaching CS Recovery.

The following books, resources and websites point to the similarities and differences between Christian Science and biblical Christianity as well as giving a framework for engaging in relational outreach.

Christian Science

by Anthony Hoekema (also published as The Four Major Cults). Hoekema helps us reconcile how CS teaching is not biblically based and how it contradicts Scripture.

Christian Science and the Bible

A resources of Christian Way comparing CS and Scripture.

Scripture Twisting

by James W. Sire. Sire helps us reconcile how religions like CS use Scripture to prove their own theology rather than allowing Scripture to speak for itself.

Mind Sciences

by T. Ehrenborg. Ehrenborg helps explain the beliefs of Christian Science using mainstream Christian terminology. He clearly identifies the similarities and differences and suggests strategies and scriptures for discussion. [/two_third_last]

Combatting Cult Mind Control

by Steve Hassan (secular). Today, a vast array of methods exist to deceive, manipulate, and indoctrinate people into closed systems of obedience and dependency. This book can help you protect or regain your sanity, freedom, and health.

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

(secular). Information on cults, cultic groups, psychological manipulation, psychological abuse, spiritual abuse, brainwashing, mind control, thought reform, abusive churches, high-demand groups, new religious movements, exit counseling, and practical suggestions for those needing assistance.

The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science

by Willa Cather /Georgine Milmine (secular). 

Christian Science

Research resources on religious movements, cults, sects, world religions and related issues

Kingdom of the Cults

Equips readers from every walk of life to use biblical truth to counter the efforts of cults to masquerade as mainstream Christians.

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Evangelism. 

The following books, resources and websites point to the similarities and differences between Christian Science and biblical Christianity as well as giving a framework for engaging in relational outreach.

The Heart of Evangelism

by Jerram Barrs. Barrs helps us reach out by providing a biblically based framework for sharing the Gospel.

Questioning Evangelism

by Randy Newman. Newman helps us reach out effectively by providing a relational method of evangelism.

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