Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
Bookreview / August 30, 2016

Troublemaker is the biography of actress Leah Remini, well known for her lead role in King of Queens. In this story she tells us all about her youth, her career and how she got into Scientology and eventually got out again. She has been with the church for over 30 years and is therefore able to give an inside view from what happened inside of the organization and with its members. I have never been a fan of King of Queens, but of course I know who Leah Remini is. But I never thought she could tell a story about her life and make it so interesting, funny and readable. It was a great story from beginning to end and I loved it. She broke with Scientology in 2013 very loudly and publicly. She entered the church as a child with her mother and her sister. She was always dreaming of becoming an actress and thought that Scientology could help her with getting there. Pretty soon she climbed high up in the hierarchy of the church and was ¬†on the same level as Tom Cruise. She even went to his wedding with Katie Holmes. But she also saw things wrong…

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
Bookreview / October 24, 2015

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape is a book written by Jenna Miscavige Hill and Lisa Pulitzer. Jenna Miscavige Hill is the niece of David Miscavige, the current leader of the Church of Scientology. As such she was a part of the church from an early age on, including her whole family. As long as she knew she was trained to obey and never to question the church or its leaders. But when she was 21 years old, she made a run for it and escaped. Now for the first time she talks about her time in the Church, what really happened inside and how she managed to get out. She reveals all and leaves nothing out. Being separated from her parents for a very very long time, working long hours and having your personal freedom limited to the extreme. We learn more about the rituals in the church and the things people are taught to believe. The word of founder L. Ron Hubbard is law and no one dares to say other wise. But when Hubbard died, Miscavige took over and changed things forever. Is the church still the same as it was or…

Scientology – Abuse at the Top
Bookreview / August 8, 2015

Scientology – Abuse at the Top is a book written by Amy Scobee, who has been in Scientolgy for over 20 years before she finally got out. As a former top insider there is no better person to describe what went on inside the highest levels of the Church, the persons involved and the struggle she went through before she got out. I became interested in Scientology quite recently, not to join, but as part of my on going interest in religion and cults all over the world. There is almost no cult more described and published about than this one, and that surprises me. A lot of the books are by people who got out and describe the things they went through out there. I still find it very hard to believe that people would willingly go along with this and even volunteer to stay in there for decades. Amy Scobee witnessed a lot of things up close and personal and describes them in great detail. As with many other books about Scientology this one is also self published and it shows. The language and the editing is showing signs of a non professional at work, but that doesn’t…

Blown For Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
Bookreview / July 30, 2015

Blown For Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology by Marc Headley provides an interesting and never before seen look inside the world of Scientology. He spend 15 years of his life in Scientology before he left. Most of his time was spent in the secret headquarters deep in the Californian desert. It is the location where L. Ron Hubbard used to live and where current leader David Miscavige lives today. So what happens there on a day to day base. Are all he stories true? This book allows you a small peak inside this world. Over the years stories about Scientology have surfaced on the web and other places. They tell tales about armed guards, abuse and wired fences. Are people really being held against their will or not? Countless people have tried to escape, but many failed. In Scientology terms escaping is called “being blown” hence the name of the book. Headley started telling his story on line under the alias Blown For Good or BFG. After a while he decided the story had to be put on paper and he decided to write this book. The book is self written and self published and could really use…

The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper
Bookreview / July 18, 2015

The Unbreakable Miss Lovely is a book by Tony Ortega, a well known researcher of the Scientology phenomenon. The book is about author Paulette Cooper who wrote a quite damaging book about Scientology in 1971. Because of what the book said the Church tried to have the book shut down. In order to make that happen they unleashed a sinister campaign against Cooper that has never been seen before. It lasted for several years and almost drove her to suicide. Scientology didn’t hold back and tried their very best to make Cooper shut up and go away. The story is now in print for the first time and is known to be one of the darker chapters in Scientology history. In the end Paulette Cooper won and several high ranking members of Scientology ended up in jail and it left the organization permanently damaged. Religion is somewhat of a personal hobby of mine. I am not a religious person myself, but I love to read about it and I want to know all about it. Why are people so drawn to it and what makes them do what they do? In some countries Scientology is a cult, in others it…