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Author Topic: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology By Leah Remini (2015)  (Read 91 times)

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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology





Up until I read Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, I didn't realize just how little I knew about one of the most controversial "religions" ever. Sure, I knew all the jokes and what the public perception was, and I thought I knew what everyone else knows. But reading Leah Remini's book was definitely an eye opener. I came away after reading the book, scratching my head in trying to make sense of it all and how so many people can literally 'buy' into this religion with overwhelming evidence that it's not what it appears to be. Leah's story is fascinating to read, from the first page to the very last. She doesn't minced words and goes for the jugular in laying out all the policies she and everyone else have to abide by, warts and all. When I say there is so much evidence staring people in the face about what this religion purports to be, just look at the names they come up with for whatever it is they are trying to ascend to. It sounds like it was written by a science fiction writer.  ;)  The big thing about Leah's book of course is dishing on Tom Cruise and everything leading up to the "Wedding of the Century".

After what Leah spills on the pages of her book, Tom comes across even nuttier than I ever thought possible. Talk about a whack job. The sh*t that goes down during the wedding with regards to Katie Holmes daughter was f*cking bizarre to say the least. All these high ranking Scientologist acting and behaving like kids at a frat party was also something I didn't see coming given how they are always about maintaining their cultivated image to the public at large. The biggest offender was none other than the leader of the church himself: David Miscavige. Yes, the book also dives into the whereabouts of his wife Shelly who to date has not been seen or heard from in 7 years. I won't go into detail about the physical  and mental abuse that the church inflicts on offenders which is also addressed in the book. That much I already knew. If you are looking for juicy, tell-all book, this one fits the bill. Very fast read. Definitely worth checking out from the Library. FYI, I  don't think Shelly is alive in spite of a "Detective" stating that he got confirmation to her whereabouts. The dude is on the Scientology bankroll. He will say and do anything to get closer to whatever they worship in there.
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20/20 Troublemaker: Actres Leah Remini and Her 30 Year Life in Scientology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeeOgjTOADU

After finishing the book, I was finally able to watch Leah's 20/20 interview. Good stuff.
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Not to divert the thunder to this book and scientology, but I view all religious organizations containing bizarre practices. I haven't read her book, but just may now. But I would think most people deep set in their religion view other religions as bizarre. The question for me is at what point does an individual commit to their particular religion and why? Because once you commit and embrace the religion, than it all seems normal. And what I don't get is the folks that ferociously defend their beliefs, actions and rules, when I'm pretty sure most of them could not reasonably explain that belief.

Thanks for the review. I saw this in the store the other day. Now... I'll probably pick it up.
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You bring up a good point about committing to whatever religion one takes to and in the case of Leah, which she talks about, she was basically indoctrinated into Scientology when she was a kid and as you said, it was "all she knew" and therein lies the problem. Since she didn't know anything beyond what she was being "taught", she followed blindly and this is the trap that Scientologist use to get people to stay with them for years. Also, for those that don't get into as kids but as adults, when a person drops hundreds of thousands of dollars, they are more likely to stick with them to justify spending so much. Quitting is admitting defeat and deception. As I said, very good read. You won't be disappointed.

As a side-note to my original post about how I thought I knew more than I did about this religion, one thing that kept popping up in my head while reading the book and the one thing that I've always noticed prior to reading the book is that there is never any mention of God anywhere. Do they even talk about God in their church? Is it really just about them worshiping this Alien race that may or may not come back to save them, etc.. I've always looked at their religion as being nothing more than a Tony Robbins convention of sorts of how to "better oneself" through technique, yadda, yadda, yadda. Beyond that, the only thing I'm sure they worship is the almighty dollar since that's all they seem to be associated with given how much they make of their parishioners.
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No God talk? How strange indeed.
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Ron Miscavige Offered Support from Leah Remini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSgHlffRkFY

Wow. I never saw this coming. Interview with Ron tomorrow. Very interested to hear what he has to say about all this. It's one thing when we hear from celeb's, but it's another to hear from the father of the most hated person. Well, my perception is that he is hated because of how he treats people.
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