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For quite awhile now I have wondered about the theology and beliefs behind Scientology. All I “knew” was it was based on the assumption that we had come from an alien. I know that explanation is more simplified than it really is.
Then actors whose work I admired became mixed up with religion. People like John Travolta, Tom Cruize, and Kirstie Alley. I really wanted to know more about their beliefs and what attracked them to a religion that I perceived as a cult. It was on one of the blogs that I was reading early on that there was a short book review of Leah Remini’s book, Troublemaker, that enticed me to get the Audible version of this book.
One afternoon as I was waiting for one of the grandkids that I turned on the book. First of all. let me say, it has taken me quite some time to adjust myself to listening to a book instead of reading a paper version. As I began listening it was evident to me that I could only listen to this book when there were no children present. It is filled with language that could have been left out and still have the basis of the book would have still made its mark.
Leah Remini explains how her mother became a member of the church, bringing with her Leah and her sister. Although family units were often encouraged to become followers of the church, as units they were often separated into different working stations. I’m still at a loss of how a mother could allow this, but I am also not sure how brainwashing works.
Scientology became Leah’s and her family’s life. She talks about the countless hours parishoners were subjected to completing minial tasks and studies. Not only is the majority of their waking hours devoted to the church, parishoners are required to “donate” large sums of money. Those that do not have to funds readily available are urged to acquire credit cards and other various means to fund the church. Leah goes on to say that many members become bandrupt while contributing to Scientology.
Woven throughout the internal workings of Scientology, Leah unfolds the story of her journey to become an actress. It was an interesting journey where she led us through some of her worst times as a struggling actress.
I found this book and interesting read. (listen) If you can endure the offensive language, I would reccommend this book. It opened my eyes a little more into the Scientology and how someone can be so dubbed into believing in a cult.