- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Robson Books Ltd (7 Nov. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861059051
- ISBN-13: 978-1861059055
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 15.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 947,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Joy Of Sects: An A-Z of Cults, Cranks and Religious Eccentrics: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sects But Were Afraid to Ask Hardcover – 7 Nov 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't read it in public, because you really will laugh aloud.
I love the clinical wit, and there's an added bonus - the square hardback format makes it an easily wrappable gift!
Well it's great! Some of the entries our hilarious and some, as you would imagine, are bordering on disturbing. My favourite has got to be the Cargo Cults and the great Christian god "Anus" - I couldn't have put it better myself!
I wonder if Tom Cruise has read it yet.
Unlike Julian Cope's 'The Modern Antiquarian', 'Sects' contains no first hand experience. Oh, sorry, wait a minute, there are one or two reports of personal adventures (I use the term loosely). For example, the author bravely enters Scientology's shop in London and with no thought for his mental, not to mention fiscal, safety, takes their personality test. Along with thousands before him. What robust challenge does he make of his tester – well, it's hard to recall; something about him saying 'I'm not sure about that', I think. Whatever, he misses the point and shows that ultimately he is a spiritual fence-sitter. Because he should either be able to disprove the Scientology test or admit he can't and join up.
When I wanted to find out about Scientology, I drove to their UK centre in East Greenstead and got myself a one-to-one with the head person there. I put it to her that, according to Scientology's personal development path, she must be a more aware, more perceptive, more developed person than me. So, I invited her to 'read' me, and if she could – if she could see into my character in such a way that was obviously above the normal – I'd join up. Did she succeed? Well, let's just say I'm still the lowest of the low as far as Scientology is concerned. And I'm not even writing a book about it; just satisfying my curiosity.
It's difficult to know who exactly this sort of book's aimed at.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's fun and, despite some of the other reviews here, it's surprisingly accurate in most cases. Yes, it's slightly mocking in places, but what's the problem with that? Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2010 by A Reader
... by all these reviews suggesting the need for spiritual development. The only spirit You need is the Holy Spirit of our lord Jesus and that you'll find in the Holy Bible rather... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2006 by Samuel Luke Johnston
The content of this book is almost entirely derived from second hand research, including articles and media reports that have been repeated down the years (usually along with the... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2006
Of course, if any of the groups in this hilarious book are correct, the author is going straight to hell, But at least he's provided some good laughs - and fascinating facts -... Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2005 by John Thompson