Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

Book - 2015
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"The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an ... insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781101886960
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 R388R
Characteristics: xiv, 234 pages, 24 unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Paley, Rebecca - Author


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AustinPL_HamptonOakHill Sep 21, 2016

This woman pulls no punches! She starts by telling all the immoral/illegal things she and her husband have done, stating that the Church of Scientology will come after her with anything they have on her anyway. She is funny, irreverent, sarcastic, and brave, often using "salty" language... Read More »

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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???????

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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Feb 04, 2018

I enjoyed hearing the celebrity side of Scientology but I found the book was lacking a lot of detail about her life in Scientology.. I have read other biography's about people leaving Scientology and unfortunately I did not enjoy this one as much.

Cynthia_N Sep 20, 2017

I enjoyed reading Leah's story. This book covers quite a bit but does seem to focus on her Scientology life which is not surprising since it was such a big part of her life. She does seem a little bitter but I would be too if I donated millions of dollars to a church and then was cast out! It does have her trademark attitude!!

Aug 30, 2017

I read through chapter 4 and was disgusted with the language/profanity. It's going back to the library. It's a piece of trash.

Aug 02, 2017

What I knew about Leah Remini before reading this book could be counted on 3 fingers. Now I know a lot more. Whether I care is a bigger question. I was interested in understanding Scientology and her break with it and, while I definitely understood it through most of the book, it fell apart for me when she told the story of her break from the "church". I got very confused trying to understand who did what to who and why and how this disillusionment led to her severing ties. In truth, almost every time I read anything about Scientology I wind up a bit lost and confused. It took a lot longer for that to happen in this book but happen it did. Not a bad book but certainly not a must-read of any category of reader I can imagine.

Jun 10, 2017

I devoured this book in two evenings, only stopping to eat for survival and to pee. Leah Remini writes with complete honesty about herself and the secret world of Scientology. The only thing I knew about the religion is that the outside world views it as a cult and Tom Cruise is their poster child. Even as Remini explains the complexities of the different branches of Scientology, the never ending ladder climbing and thousands of policies, I still ended up lost and confused which only added to my astonishment. I was left amazed by how Scientology consumes a person’s life and their bank account.

If exploring the inner workings of a cult wasn’t intriguing enough, there is plenty of celebrity name dropping and juicy insider knowledge of the Hollywood side of Scientology. Katie Holmes, Kirstie Alley and Jennifer Lopez, oh my! If Maverick jumping on Oprah’s couch left you with a yearning for more crazy, well there are more helpings of CTC (Crazy Tom Cruise) for your entertainment.

This an easy read, on a not so easy subject.

May 08, 2017

Fascinating, insightful, well-written. A work that will have a huge impact on anyone who may be involved with overbearing organizations that strip away one's time, money, education opportunities, and support network, leaving the exhausted victim vulnerable to the lies.

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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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