Not disappointed. Well written. Malcolm Hillgartner's narration capturing. One of the millions of brilliant , outstanding Christians murdered by the monster of Nazism.
Nick Cordileone really brings David Brainerd to life! You feel as if you are hearing his voice as he grieves, rejoices, and records the events of his life.
At times I felt great pity for Brainerd who continually abased himself for his own imperfections. I wonder if he really ever felt loved by God as he should have.
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The author does her best to present the information in an unbiased manner, albeit the listener can't help but draw inevitable conclusions about the Church of Scientology from the facts and eye witness testimony presented within. The book begins with a history of LRH and how the church itself evolved over the years. Although most people will tend to be interested in the later stuff involving Tom Cruise (which is quite fascinating), the author does a good job of covering all aspects of the church's history.
Several themes crop up again and again, among them are the church's insatiable appetite for money collection, repeated use of lawyers to bully church "enemies", and the ultra-secretive nature of the church's "cannon". The author also shows the very subtle way that people are lured into the religion. At the surface the church promotes very practical applications of "LRH technology" such as auditing to rid the mind of unpleasant memories or reading/scholastic programs to help children learn. However, these are merely for show. At the heart of scientology is a manipulative program designed to draw people deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole until they end up turning over a significant portion of their income to the church.
All of this is done in a rather entertaining fashion with a really good narrator. Some parts were actually quite shocking. Highly recommended.