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Troublemaker

Troublemaker

Book Review - Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

My interest in Scientology began when I saw Going Clear at the True/False Film Festival. (Not heard of True/False? It is a documentary film festival that takes place every March in Columbia, MO. It is one of my favorite weekends of the year! I see some of the year's best films in one weekend.) Going Clear won three Emmys including one for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special...and it truly was outstanding. Watch the trailer, here.  

I was fascinated by Leah Remini's journey. She's been through so much! Leah's mother joined Scientology when Leah was just a child, making Leah a "second generation" Scientologist. For a long time, and especially at the beginning of her acting career, Leah was an outspoken advocate for Scientology. Leah tells many stories from her time in Scientology, including stories that don't make her look good as well as tidbits about other celebrities, but my biggest takeaway from her book is a lesson on friendship.

If you enjoyed Going Clear and Troublemaker, you might also consider watching Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath on A&E, which interviews a number of ex-Scientologists, particularly high-ranking Scientologists. Read more about the show, here.

I loved this quote, and I think it is a great way to wrap up this post:

"Very few people have been led astray by thinking for themselves."
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
$9.24
By Leah Remini, Rebecca Paley

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