I bought this book on a whim, knowing little about Scientology but wondering how such an extremist religion draws in such high profile people, who live such public lives, due to their careers. My typical impression of cults is that they keep people away from the rest of society, and it’s the lack of education and level of ignorance about life and the world that helps keep people down.
Remini’s perspective was absolutely fascinating, and she has a unique voice. She does a good job of explaining more about how the church functions (which was absolutely horrifying–I am still shocked), but she also talks about how she came to be a member in the first place, as well as the principles and reasons she stayed for so long.
I feel strangely proud of the fact that she stood up for herself, broke from the church, and is now speaking up. I confess that even though I’ve seen glimpses of the show that made her most famous, I never really watched it, so I picked this up due to an interest in cults, as opposed to already having an interest in Remini as an actress.
Book 41 read in 2018