Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

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The former "King of Queens" star recounts her life, her success in Hollywood, and her time with the Church of Scientology.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2015.
ISBN: 9780451482457
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Feb 27, 2021

I haven't watched Leah's anti-Scientology rant on television but I must say that In writing this book, Leah Reminini has achieved the near-impossible. By the time I had read half-way through this book I actually began to feel sorry for the Church of Scientology - something I never dreamed possible. How on earth did Scientologists endure this shallow, bloody-minded, narcissistic brat-on-wheels for 35 long years? I have read only one book that was supposed to promote Scientology (Omar V. Garrison's "The Hidden Story of Scientology") but that book just set off alarm bells and put me off the cult completely. In the introduction, Garrison actually boasted about never having bought a Scientology product or service in his entire life. That's a bit like Garrison praising an investment manager to the moon while assuring his readers he's never entrusted so much as a nickel of his own money to this "genius" who has been ostensibly managing a fund with such spectacular success! In case you are still wondering if I still might be a covert Scientology shill, I'd like to recommend some other, more substantive, books that are equally critical of Scientology: "The Mind Benders" by Cyril Vosper, "Scientology: The Now Religion" by George Malko and "Cults of Unreason" by Dr. Christopher Evans. In my opinion, any of these texts is a far more satisfying and informative read.

glenneaton Aug 07, 2020

I got interested in reading this book after watching the excellent series Scientology and The Aftermath, where Leah interviews many victims of Scientology, the pseudo-religion that promises to rid the world of all evil. It is well known that it is an evil cult designed to separate members from their cash and if they leave, from their family. The book precedes the series Scientology and The Aftermath, and you get much detail on Leah's background.

The author gives the reader an insight into the contrasting difficult life that makes up the background of a successful artist now leading a glamourous life. As an outsider you do not realise that for every success in television is a lifetime of honing one's skills and the persistence needed in getting work. Plus, there are all the rejections actors need to tolerate to succeed.

Troublemaker is an excellent easy to read book. It is interesting to learn about how actors make their careers and learning about how Scientology works to destroy its members lives and families is distressing but it needs to be told, and to be read about.

May 07, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed Leah Remini's skillfully humorous take on her own journey out of a psychologically damaging organization like the Church of Scientology. I was able to relate a lot as someone who has made a transition out of a similarly notorious church and is still trying to deconstruct what it was that I experienced for several decades. I've read a lot of memoirs on Scientology, and this is by far the most accessible for a general population because it is as much a memoir about life trying to make it big in Hollywood as it is about living in a toxic spiritual environment. A certain gateway into the cult memoir genre for sure!

Oct 02, 2019

Wow! Challenging read. Mostly from the perspective of being completely unable to understand how an intelligent Woman could be so incredibly naive, foolish and gullible!! I know she was taken into that so called religion as a young girl and so all her understandings of life are indoctrinated with that twisted perspective and yet it's impossible to imagine with all the access to information we have today that anyone could be so clueless that they were getting bamboozled daily. If nothing the book highlights what it truly means when humans are called 'sheep'. Nonetheless, I'm glad that she did escape and I Trust that she'll make the rest of her Journey about educating others regarding cultish organizations.

Aug 27, 2019

Isn’t this available in audiobook???????

Mar 25, 2019

I listened to this on audio and it was fabulous. I loved Leah's banter. It was like we were sitting on the couch talking about our lives... but she did all the talking. However be aware you does curse, that I did enjoy though. It was interesting listening to the leading up to Scientology and all that went on for her. I enjoy her show The After Math, so reading let you dive in a little deeper and more on a personal level

JCLMeganK Feb 13, 2019

I've been curious about Scientology for awhile, but knew nothing besides the rumors that Scientology is a cult and often recruits celebrities. Likely similar to many other people, I discovered Leah Remini through the show King of Queens, and when I saw she wrote a book about her life through Scientology I was intrigued. If you enjoy audio books, I highly recommend this selection; it really feels like Remini is in the room telling you a story. She does a great job of describing the allure of the Church, which later helps the reader understand the rest of her experience. Fascinating and terrifying, I learned a lot from this book and gained a new perspective on human interactions.

Aug 12, 2018

Recommend. I thought this was interesting, learning about Scientology and how someone could get sucked in.

Jul 30, 2018

A real eye opener to the world of scientology, and the financial ruin it puts regular hard working people through. It's very well written and even has funny parts in it such as her experience as a new mom.

Jul 09, 2018

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May 10, 2017

"In Scientology you are told to stay away from the Internet or other forms of media or intelligence that might be against Scientology. I broke away from this long-held rule and looked at hundreds of stories about my church and just sat there and cried. Not just for me, but for the many who believed in something that they thought was bigger than themselves and dedicated their whole lives to sustaining it. How could I have been blind to the stories that the rest of the world knew? Scientologists are hardworking, dedicated, and caring people albeit misinformed people, and I was no exception. The reason for their blind faith lies in their core belief that they alone have the answers to eradicate the ills of humanity. You run back to the safety of the group that shares your mentality, and in this way your world becomes very insular." (p. 182)

May 08, 2017

"What I have slowly come to realize, and often still have to remind myself of, is this: There is no 'right' way to be. I am flawed and imperfect, but am uniquely me. I don't fit in and probably never will. And I don't have to try to anymore. That other person was a lie. And let's face it, normal is boring. We all have something to offer the world in some way, but by not being our authentic selves, we are robbing the world of something different, something special." (p. 170)

May 08, 2017

"Scientologists are often prepared to respond with what's called dead agenting -- a method of shutting down any criticism of the church by disproving the veracity of the source of information. A common dead agenting strategy is to sidestep any questions from outsiders that could hurt the church, and focus instead on exposing supposed lies the source told or attempt to undermine his or her credibility with ad hominem attacks. / We learned to first ask questions like "Do you still beat your wife?" Then offer only partial truths in response to their questions, and finally, try and deflect by referring to positive things the church has done." (p. 157-158)

May 08, 2017

"When it came to talking about my role and required activities in the church, I would often lie to people. When a non-Scientologist girlfriend asked me how things were going with Angelo, I never admitted to the usual marital problems that couples have, because that would have been revealing something less than the perfect image demanded of Scientologists. The list of workarounds to keep up appearances goes on and on. / Being a Scientologist was like having a double life." (p. 155)

May 08, 2017

"The (auditing) process could produce a great sense of cathartic relief. Here was a problem I wasn't been aware of, that I may have created for myself, and after much back-and-forth, I was able to overcome that problem. / So while in session, I would feel the euphoria of self-discovery and growth, back in the real world I was still angry, depressed, and judgmental.... What I didn't realize at the time was that all the understanding I gained through auditing only related back to my life in the church and helped me to be a Scientologist. My 'gains' in Scientology were not relating to the real world. I was so entrenched in the church that it had become my everything. I couldn't question that." (p. 75)


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