This book is helpful in keeping emotionally centered and maintaining resolve and
awareness about how physical, emotional and psychological forces that you have to
deal with everyday interact with your use, or sometimes misuse, of food in your life.
It is not a guidebook for a "cult". 12-Step programs don't work well for everyone. Some people need to follow the advice, structure and support that they offer very closely. Others find they can internalize a lot of the messages in the literature and traditions. A popular saying among 12-step programs is, "Take what you want and leave the rest." In other words, use the parts which work for you and pass on the rest of it. That is definitely not the philosophy or definition of a "cult" which demands rigid adherence and secrecy.