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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology Kindle Edition
Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.
That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.
Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.
But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.
Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.
Praise for Troublemaker
“An aggressively honest memoir . . . Troublemaker is the most raw and revealing Scientology memoir to date.” Entertainment Weekly
“Leah’s story is a juicy, inside-Hollywood read, but it’s more than that. It’s a moving story about the value of questioning authority and how one woman survived a profound crisis of faith.” People
“Remini [offers] up some juicy tidbits from her decades in the church.” Newsweek
"Leah's story is a juicy, inside-Hollywood read, but it's more than that. It's a moving story about the value of questioning authority and how one woman survived a profound crisis of faith."--People
"Remini [offers] up some juicy tidbits from her decades in the church."--Newsweek --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B06XCK8KLP
- Publisher : Silvertail Books (9 March 2017)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 274 pages
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I recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in, or been a member of, the cult of Scientology.
Ms Remini very candidly tells of her life inside the "Church of Scientology", from being a young girl signing a billion year contract in the 'exclusive' "Sea Org." to her realization as an adult that her 'religion' was not what she was brought up believing.
A very easy to read narrative.
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One thing to understand before reading this is that this is Leah's story more than a straight-up textbook that explains the complete organization of Scientology. Additionally, as much as someone may read this strictly for the "juicy gossip" and as much as some people may expect that that is all that Troublemaker is, it's so much more than that. Yes, there are insights into the likes of Tom Cruise, but this is also a very personal and revealing, horrifying and moving story.
I really enjoyed Leah's narrative voice. She's quite a straight-talking and ballsy person - aspects of her that I wish I had more of - and it was really interesting to read about someone who is so different than myself in many ways.
I am deeply disturbed by Tom Cruise's power and involvement in the cult of Scientology (I am in the midst of my own personal boycott of everything Tom Cruise - along with anyone else pro-Scientology) - I definitely believe him to be a top executive of the cult, if not David Miscavige's unofficial second. There's so much more I could say about this, but I'll stop myself for the sake of this review.
Before I read this, I would always say to people: "Why are there no authorities running investigations on this cult or any of the people involved? Has this cult infiltrated the cops? Or are they literally just scared of the ramifications?". As it turns out, I'm not completely wrong about this, but I'll let you read for yourself. Also, I knew about Shelly Miscavige (and Leah filing the missing person report) before reading and this book just really confirmed my thoughts about the situation as when Leah first asked about her whereabouts, the response she got was "I don't want to be a part of this conversation". Highly suspicious, but, of course, no authority will do anything about this.
I'm just going to finish this up by saying that this was such a fantastic read. Beforehand, I was worried that it was just going to be the same things I have heard before as I have read and watched a lot about the subject of Scientology (including Leah's show Scientology and the Aftermath which you should all watch if you liked this, or if you're even a little bit intrigued about Scientology), but I had nothing to worry about. I feel very proud of Leah (as well as everyone else involved) and huge respect for writing and publishing this book. As Rachel Ray said to Leah, "this takes balls".
I would recommend this book it is a fascinating story and full credit to Leah Remini for the courage it took to leave and the strength to write this book. She was fortunate in the end to have a family that stood by her. Read this book!
Personally Im not religious but I believe that people should have the freedom to believe what they want but within the law.
They should not be allowed to break up families, ruin people financially, abuse parishioners, incarcerate or harass people who speak out or just don’t agree. In my opinion this organisation does not deserve to be called a Church and it is shameful that in the UK it is recognised as such.
Frankly LRH was very likely a fraud and quite possibly bat crap crazy his successor appears to be dangerous. Heres to Leah Remini and the fall of Scientology good riddance.Buy this book and read about this dangerous cult.