Amazon Culture

ISBN: 9781632695710

Author: L.K. Cook PhD


Exploring the Jungle of Narcissism

Many of the best lessons in life spring forth out of the clutches of defeat and despair. What defines a person is not the significance of their suffering, or the depth of the despair associated throughout their failures. But rather, the distinguishing legacy of an individual’s life is graphically displayed through the response to adversities encountered. The true definition of human triumph is based entirely on learning from mistakes! Accomplishment requires us to somehow garner the determination to move forward, leaving the fear, pain, scars, and insecurities in the past.


Amazon Culture: Exploring the Jungle of Narcissism is part memoir—exploring how author and Bible scholar L. K. Cook, PhD struggled through firsthand exposure to narcissistic abuse and eventually triumphed over it. It is also part self-help guide—illuminating a path to hope through the jungle for those who may still be struggling with narcissistic abuse themselves.


Pastors, lay ministers, friends, and family seeking to help those in the jungle could also benefit from exploring L. K. Cook’s story, observations, and lessons learned the hard way.

Author Bio:

After spending nearly three decades as an educator in the public schools, L. K. Cook retired to pursue a career in ministry.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Colorado State University and a Master of Arts in School Administration from the University of Phoenix.  In 2006, Goodwill Industries of Denver recognized him as their “Educator of the Year.” He obtained a Doctorate of Ministry and a PhD in Biblical Studies from Newburgh Theological Seminary. Since retiring from the ministry as a pastor, L. K. currently serves as a Chaplain in the Denver area. This provides time to pursue his passion for writing, or as he calls it, “Life Journaling.”



Lanny provides an alarming perspective regarding hard truths which are creating divisiveness and moral and social decline in our current culture. Amazon Culture addresses these unpopular truths which I personally believe have led us to the level of anger and divisiveness we are experiencing in our culture today. Our society would greatly benefit from pondering these truths!

-Teri Elaine Stallings, Ordained Minister, EFT Practitioner – Grief Recovery Support Services


Woe to the feminist, chauvinist, or narcissist who dare to read Amazon Culture. Dr. Cook has made instant enemies of millions, and that is how it should be. If one reads this book and gets angry, guess what? You are one of the above mentioned culprits.  Dr. Cook does not mince words and that is from where the anger will emanate.  The truth really does hurt as the majority of us do not like hearing our faults verbalized. As for the above-mentioned, they will cast fault on the author, no doubt. No truer words can be put to paper than those Dr. Cook shared from the Old Testament book of Isaiah. “Never forget this biblical promise: No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. Isaiah 54:17 NKJV.”  The apostle Paul wrote, If God be for us, who can stand against us (Romans 8:31b).  There is no more that needs to be said.”

Reverend David Baca – The Crossing Church of the Nazarene


“Amazon Culture is a compelling contribution to current discussions surrounding gender bias. Lanny Cook’s bold approach to a difficult subject is not without wisdom and tact. With keen insight he tackles trends in gender bias regarding both chauvinism and feminism, applying a biblical view of marriage and the sexes. This book will foster understanding and clarity regarding the modern narcissistic assault against gender equality. You will find Amazon Culture a vital contribution to the present tensions surrounding womanhood and manhood.”

-Douglas Brown, Pastor and Author


“Amazon Culture is not just another book of ills that plague America. Dr. Cook profiles the history and social landscape for his readers. He identifies and exposes the landmines set to dehumanize today’s victims of feminism, chauvinism, and narcissism in secular and church settings. With humility he transparently relates his personal wounds and outlines recommended pathways to personal victory and freedom. It is a must-read.

-Frank Robert Serrao, Pastor, Author, President of Father’s Heart Publishing


In my line of work, I deal with a lot of people with personality disorders. I have grown accustomed to spotting the borderline, histrionic, antisocial, and narcissistic behaviors in people whose lives are totally out of control. It is a different story with functional people. I am taken by surprise every time when I finally figure out what is happening and why I feel crazy. By the time it becomes clear why I am so uncomfortable with someone or am thinking there is something very wrong, I discover that there is a trail of people in their wake they’ve hurt.   I LOVE that Lanny has written and done the work of overcoming the abusers in his life. They may have tried to destroy him, but they didn’t succeed. Amazon Culture exposes the toxic abuse of narcissism.” 

-Shared anonymously (due to client confidentiality concerns) by a health care professional


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