Every student of the contemporaneous American scene and the role of religion in it should be indebted to Professor Braden for this interesting and enlightening volume. In it he has endeavored to give an objective account of the origin, distinctive beliefs and practices and trends of a number of American cults which deviate from the norm of Protestant and Catholic churches. While books have been written in criticism of these movements and in their defense, there have been few attempts at an objective treatment of them and none by such a well-qualified scholar as Professor Braden. The opening chapter deals with Father Divine and his movement and is by far the most interesting and illuminating study in the book. No such thorough-going study of this religious movement has been made. Other cults dealt with are ""Psychiana"". New Thought, Christian Science, Theosophy, The ""I Am"" Movement, Spiritualism, Jehovah's Witnesses, The Oxford Group Movement, and Mormonism.