I knew the claims to scientology being a cult, but hearing it from someone who grew up in its most inner parts was astonishing. It's a good listen to understanding the truth behind it.
At times I had to remind myself that these events actually happened and were not the invention of a writer, except of course, for the cause of it all.
Disturbing, difficult, real.
Jenna and her brother
No, it was too hard to do so.
Well-written and insightful. Shows that free thought can win and it is a testament to how intelligent Jenna is.
I know this is critical. I admit that. But I was left infuriated and wondering what her parents were thinking. They abandoned their children. They didn't seem interested in raising them. I understand they thought, on one hand, it was "for the greater good," but these were their children. I know this probably reveals a great deal about me (and my thoughts on my own childhood), but wow. Just wow. I had to stop listening several times out of flat-out rage.
What is David Miscavige (and his anti-child antics) thinking? As this story shows, a basic "truth" about religion is having and raising children in the church is easier to sustain membership than recruitment and fear. Strange, strange, strange "religion."
I could not stop listening and ended up listening to other bioks about those who have "escaped".
Although it is evident that the author is not a professional writer....this book is filled with a lot of great information and does leave you wanting to hear/read more!
Absolutely recommended. It's a gripping and insightful story that gives a believable look inside Scientology and the ability of cults to convince people that really strange and appalling things are normal. If you were ever curious about what happens on the inside, this will definitely scratch that itch.
Reads just a little like a high school report, but this doesn't take away from the experience and maybe even adds a little contextual texture to it. However I will say that by the end I never wanted to hear the word "as" again.
It's like living the story. Not only is the recording spot-on, but the narrator speaks clearly and conveys all the correct emotions at the right times.
I am a Native American woman who loves quirky - off the beaten path stories. I would like to find more books about people of color.
The story was captivating because it was all true and literally beyond belief. What happens in Scientology is unimaginable and really needs to be stopped. It is hard to believe that this can occur in our society today.
Learning what kind of life the children at the ranch had to live. The responsibilities and lack of contact the kids had with their parents makes you wonder what was going on in the parents heads!
A lightness in her voice that helps keep the book from being very depressing and dark.
It made me outraged that this continues to go on and made me feel like doing something about it. I actually went to one of the survivor websites and donated to their cause.
The information in this book needs to be spread far and wide so fewer people get caught in the Scientology web of lies.
Yes. The emotional roller coaster was amazing. I left the book feeling close to the writer and the other people in the Sea Org.
All of them
Say something about yourself!
I'm fascinated about religions. I have tried to believe in lots of things in my time and have tried to stay really open minded towards beliefs. Scientology is one of those religions that's kind of hard to find any objective information about. It's always either propaganda for the church or activism against it. This book kind of answers me why that's the case. It seems like Scientology isn't a religion at all, it's an brain washing experiment and a money making scam. It filled me with horror listening to Jenna's story, especially as a father, but at the same time it was very interesting.
I guess the narrator is trying to act a little while reading. In the beginning for instance she is reading somewhat girly, as the author is a little girl (at the time), and that felt odd, but as the book went on, it grew on me and I started liking it. And she isn't a bad actor, actually this was probably just the way a book like this should be read.