on 30 January 2010
This book is the cathartic work of a long time Scientologist. Having had direct contact with the founder, L. Ron Hubbard and having worked at the major hubs in the US, she provides an amazing insight into the cult's history, structure and beliefs. It is incredible just how inhumane and destructive this group can be, while wearing the cloak of a religious organization. The reports of the Rehabilitation Force Program, similar to a gulag, sound incredible. She also describes how celebrities like Tom Cruise are given "Truman Show" like tours when they visit these places, with everyone having instructions what to say to them. Mostly it's a personal account, her turning psychotic, nearly ending up dead. Instead, with the help of her husband, she recovered and wrote this first hand account.
With many recent high level defectors and the public protest against Scientology one hopes that it is a matter of time until the abuse stops.
As one guy put it, it's a "divine Ponzi scheme".
on 11 April 2012
I think most people know the reputation of the Scientologists, and I've read other literature around them before coming to this one, so I was familiar with some of the more "way out" beliefs that they promote.
This was still an eye-opener though!
It's a well written account of one person's experiences in the cult, and then trying to get out of it. And make no mistake, getting out is not easy. If this story wasn't true you'd almost think it was too improbable to base a book on, but you will come away hoping that your own family members never get involved in this destructive cult.
A fascinating read, for anybody with an interest in religious cults, and (presumably) for anybody with a relative in the Scientologists that is wondering why they no longer get to see their own family.