Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love

Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love

The revelatory memoir by former "poster girl for Scientology" Michelle LeClair about her defection from the Church, her newly accepted sexual identity, and the lengths to which Scientology went to silence it. For years, Michelle LeClair, former President of Scientology's international humanitarian organization, tried to reconcile her sexual orientation with the anti-gay ide The revelatory memoir by former "poster girl for Scientology" Michelle LeClair about her defection from the Church, h...

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Title:Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love
Author:Michelle LeClair
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:110199116X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love Reviews

  • David
    Apr 14, 2019

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

  • Jenn
    Nov 24, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

  • Reese Copeland
    Dec 26, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

  • Emily
    Sep 17, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

  • Jenna
    Feb 15, 2019

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

  • eva
    Nov 01, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

    Sorry but Scientologists are crazy....it was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I foun...

  • Jan Priddy
    Oct 14, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

  • Libbye
    Oct 15, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

  • Mike McAdam
    Oct 29, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

    Sorry but Scientologists are crazy....it was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I foun...

    This book was RIVETING! I really enjoyed this harrowing story. What a crazy thrill ride! I don't do spoilers so I won't mention what happens but let's just say it is a fascinating story of trouble, resolve, family and helping each other. There is plenty to learn from this book. I recom...

  • Janet
    Nov 14, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

  • Lisa Kleinert
    Sep 08, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

  • Koen
    Sep 24, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

  • Larry
    Dec 28, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

    Sorry but Scientologists are crazy....it was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I foun...

    This book was RIVETING! I really enjoyed this harrowing story. What a crazy thrill ride! I don't do spoilers so I won't mention what happens but let's just say it is a fascinating story of trouble, resolve, family and helping each other. There is plenty to learn from this book. I recom...

    Interesting, well told story. Michelle Seward rose quite high in the ranks of Scientology (a very costly endeavor). After a disastrous marriage and a host of other problems, she left the church and wrote this book. I recommend it with one caveat - it's a memoir, so it's subjective. ...

    Another example of how cruel and vile the Cult of Scientology is. A fascinating story of this remarkable woman. Also a vivid take on the cult's noxious beliefs and actions against homosexuals. Even ones, like Michelle, who gave them millions of dollars. They are evil! ...

  • Katie Marsh
    Sep 12, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

  • Karen Mcnicol
    Mar 30, 2019

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

  • Gail Rosen
    Nov 04, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

    Sorry but Scientologists are crazy....it was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I foun...

    This book was RIVETING! I really enjoyed this harrowing story. What a crazy thrill ride! I don't do spoilers so I won't mention what happens but let's just say it is a fascinating story of trouble, resolve, family and helping each other. There is plenty to learn from this book. I recom...

    Interesting, well told story. Michelle Seward rose quite high in the ranks of Scientology (a very costly endeavor). After a disastrous marriage and a host of other problems, she left the church and wrote this book. I recommend it with one caveat - it's a memoir, so it's subjective. ...

    Another example of how cruel and vile the Cult of Scientology is. A fascinating story of this remarkable woman. Also a vivid take on the cult's noxious beliefs and actions against homosexuals. Even ones, like Michelle, who gave them millions of dollars. They are evil! ...

    If you follow the degenerate acts of the cult of Scientology, nothing in this book will shock you. However, it is a brave recollection of one woman's experience with that cult that is worth reading regardless. ...

    What a powerful and interesting book. Honest and engaging account of what truly happens in the world of Scientology. Very well told. Highly recommend this book. ...

  • Christine
    Nov 01, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

    Sorry but Scientologists are crazy....it was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I foun...

    This book was RIVETING! I really enjoyed this harrowing story. What a crazy thrill ride! I don't do spoilers so I won't mention what happens but let's just say it is a fascinating story of trouble, resolve, family and helping each other. There is plenty to learn from this book. I recom...

    Interesting, well told story. Michelle Seward rose quite high in the ranks of Scientology (a very costly endeavor). After a disastrous marriage and a host of other problems, she left the church and wrote this book. I recommend it with one caveat - it's a memoir, so it's subjective. ...

    Another example of how cruel and vile the Cult of Scientology is. A fascinating story of this remarkable woman. Also a vivid take on the cult's noxious beliefs and actions against homosexuals. Even ones, like Michelle, who gave them millions of dollars. They are evil! ...

    If you follow the degenerate acts of the cult of Scientology, nothing in this book will shock you. However, it is a brave recollection of one woman's experience with that cult that is worth reading regardless. ...

    What a powerful and interesting book. Honest and engaging account of what truly happens in the world of Scientology. Very well told. Highly recommend this book. ...

    Another first person testimony to the evils of Scientology. ...

  • Anna Welch
    Oct 29, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

    Sorry but Scientologists are crazy....it was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I foun...

    This book was RIVETING! I really enjoyed this harrowing story. What a crazy thrill ride! I don't do spoilers so I won't mention what happens but let's just say it is a fascinating story of trouble, resolve, family and helping each other. There is plenty to learn from this book. I recom...

    Interesting, well told story. Michelle Seward rose quite high in the ranks of Scientology (a very costly endeavor). After a disastrous marriage and a host of other problems, she left the church and wrote this book. I recommend it with one caveat - it's a memoir, so it's subjective. ...

    Another example of how cruel and vile the Cult of Scientology is. A fascinating story of this remarkable woman. Also a vivid take on the cult's noxious beliefs and actions against homosexuals. Even ones, like Michelle, who gave them millions of dollars. They are evil! ...

    If you follow the degenerate acts of the cult of Scientology, nothing in this book will shock you. However, it is a brave recollection of one woman's experience with that cult that is worth reading regardless. ...

    What a powerful and interesting book. Honest and engaging account of what truly happens in the world of Scientology. Very well told. Highly recommend this book. ...

    Another first person testimony to the evils of Scientology. ...

    This is a concise yet deep telling of this woman and her escape from Scientology. Great read. Also a great illustration of how self acceptance is key to personal happiness and safety. ...

  • A Silent Bookworm (Jessica Parker)
    Sep 30, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

  • Paul
    Oct 14, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

  • Sheri Koehler
    Jan 27, 2019

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

  • Sandie Baker
    Jan 08, 2019

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

    Sorry but Scientologists are crazy....it was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I foun...

    This book was RIVETING! I really enjoyed this harrowing story. What a crazy thrill ride! I don't do spoilers so I won't mention what happens but let's just say it is a fascinating story of trouble, resolve, family and helping each other. There is plenty to learn from this book. I recom...

    Interesting, well told story. Michelle Seward rose quite high in the ranks of Scientology (a very costly endeavor). After a disastrous marriage and a host of other problems, she left the church and wrote this book. I recommend it with one caveat - it's a memoir, so it's subjective. ...

  • Wendelle So
    Jan 24, 2019

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

  • Elizabeth Butcher
    Oct 29, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

  • Ligaya
    Nov 17, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

  • Nadia
    Nov 25, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

  • Cassie
    Jan 14, 2019

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

    Sorry but Scientologists are crazy....it was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I foun...

    This book was RIVETING! I really enjoyed this harrowing story. What a crazy thrill ride! I don't do spoilers so I won't mention what happens but let's just say it is a fascinating story of trouble, resolve, family and helping each other. There is plenty to learn from this book. I recom...

    Interesting, well told story. Michelle Seward rose quite high in the ranks of Scientology (a very costly endeavor). After a disastrous marriage and a host of other problems, she left the church and wrote this book. I recommend it with one caveat - it's a memoir, so it's subjective. ...

    Another example of how cruel and vile the Cult of Scientology is. A fascinating story of this remarkable woman. Also a vivid take on the cult's noxious beliefs and actions against homosexuals. Even ones, like Michelle, who gave them millions of dollars. They are evil! ...

    If you follow the degenerate acts of the cult of Scientology, nothing in this book will shock you. However, it is a brave recollection of one woman's experience with that cult that is worth reading regardless. ...

  • Nicole Harrison
    Oct 26, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...

    I wouldn't say much about the writing, but I don't read many memoirs so it didn't seem that unusual to me- I suppose it's her voice, after all. The first chapter was a rough start for me but after that it was smooth sailing, and I thought her story was engaging and important. It's easy...

    I have read several books from people who have left Scientology and this one is one the best. Michelle was just living her life the best she could with her family to support and her "church" to support and she just wanted to continue doing that but she could not! Scientology would not ...

    I have read a few books now regarding others experiences with Scientolgy. Although each story differs, the church as they call themselves has questionable practices and influence on people. I had hard time getting thru this book. In part because I was busy and my emotions once again we...

    Interesting book on both Scientology and the author's grappling with her sexuality and coming out, although both subjects are given short shrift. I've read many books on Scientology so I understood more than a more casual reader and have a fair understanding of alternative lifestyles a...

    I love any book about a woman escaping a cult! I will always admire anyone who has the courage to stand up against an indoctrination that they have invested time and money in. It would not be an easy thing to leave the Scientology cult. What a large group of assholes! Thanks Michelle f...

    This story really got under my skin and drew me in. I read most of this at one sitting - I honestly could not put it down and I'm not entirely sure why. The writing isn't extraordinary, she seems to leave out a lot of crucial details, and things often seem too good to be true...but sti...

    Sorry but Scientologists are crazy....it was very very interesting to read her journey and all the things that are "behind the curtain" of Scientology.....honestly the main thing that bugged me was that she used another name for her partner in her book than her real name...which I foun...

    This book was RIVETING! I really enjoyed this harrowing story. What a crazy thrill ride! I don't do spoilers so I won't mention what happens but let's just say it is a fascinating story of trouble, resolve, family and helping each other. There is plenty to learn from this book. I recom...

    Interesting, well told story. Michelle Seward rose quite high in the ranks of Scientology (a very costly endeavor). After a disastrous marriage and a host of other problems, she left the church and wrote this book. I recommend it with one caveat - it's a memoir, so it's subjective. ...

    Another example of how cruel and vile the Cult of Scientology is. A fascinating story of this remarkable woman. Also a vivid take on the cult's noxious beliefs and actions against homosexuals. Even ones, like Michelle, who gave them millions of dollars. They are evil! ...

    If you follow the degenerate acts of the cult of Scientology, nothing in this book will shock you. However, it is a brave recollection of one woman's experience with that cult that is worth reading regardless. ...

    What a powerful and interesting book. Honest and engaging account of what truly happens in the world of Scientology. Very well told. Highly recommend this book. ...

    Another first person testimony to the evils of Scientology. ...

    This is a concise yet deep telling of this woman and her escape from Scientology. Great read. Also a great illustration of how self acceptance is key to personal happiness and safety. ...

    This book was ok. I?ve read others on the subject I?ve liked more. Her journey was interesting and scary, like many others that have been a part of Scientology. ...

  • Terri Headley
    Oct 14, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

  • Claire Neubert
    Nov 06, 2018

    What is it with rich people and their poor-me memoirs lately??? Are they unable to see outside of the bubble of extravagance they live in? Are they totally oblivious to the suffering of millions of poor people in this world that they think they deserve pity for breaking a nail??! ...

    I have very little doubt that the Church of Scientology tried to ruin Michelle's life after she came out as gay and left the church. I do not question that her failed marriage left her physically and emotionally drained and that the church played a big role in her continuing to attempt...

    The tone of the writing of this book often rubbed me the wrong way, but I still thought it was really interesting. I knew scientology was anti-gay, so it was amazing to read an actual account of the church condemning a member for being their authentic self. I am glad that she was able ...

    Okay read about a successful businesswoman and how and why she left the church of Scientology. While interesting to read her story it's quite a familiar tale by now and it didn't add too much for me to what I've read before and what I've seen in documentaries. For me i'd like to hav...

    A very powerful story! After reading this, it's difficult not to come away from the book without thinking that Scientology is a cult. This is particularly evident in the vindictiveness of a "church" to seek and destroy the life of someone who has left them and dated to live someone the...

    Amazing story Michelle?s story of the tragedy of believing in the Scientology cult just breaks your heart. However, she is a woman of strength, courage and pure grit. I only wish those people that believe this cult can help you, read her book and know the truth. She fought and fou...

    Scientology is fascinating and this book did not disappoint --- but it could have been better written. ...

    We often like to criticize the biographies with comments such as: "wasn't well written, it's absurd, they were all lies, they aren't so innocent, so much whimpering, etc". In some cases might be true, but they decided to share a piece of their lives, their traumas, their soul and I'm j...

    I read through this one very quickly, as I am super interested in the subject of Scientology, from both pro- and anti- viewpoints. It was easy and interesting, however the author wrote herself as a Mary Sue in many ways, which came across as though we were only getting a slice of th...

    One star because I am not going to finish it. If you know nothing about Scientology, this will give you some of the dirt. There are briefer, more enlightening reveals, but this will distress any reader. It is a bizarre and nasty story. Maybe the nastiness will appeal to others more tha...

    Another great take-down of the evil cult of Scientology, and how absolutely nasty it is to former adherents. The degree of actions taken against the author by the cult should tell you how crazy Scientology is as well as its meanness and vindictiveness. The author's many decades as an i...

    What can I say, really? I read the majority of this book in one sitting. After seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear and Leah Remini's show, I try to pick up and read other accounts of people who have left Scientology when I can. I am still amazed at the lengths the "church" (I use th...

    As a welcome surprise, this is not written in a sensationalized tabloid manner, or a self-aggrandizing narcissistic manner typical of reality tv memoirs. Rather this is a relatively spartan account that documents what the author knew and experienced of Scientology, and since Scientolog...

    coming-out story, plus survivor of abusive marriage plus breaking free of Scientology, with a huge lawsuit for alleged ponzi scheme as the cherry on top. She keeps the story moving, and I read to the end, but it was somehow not as riveting as I would have guessed in light of the bi...

    Michelle Leclair does an incredible job of walking through the series of unfortunate events that led to her distrust of the cult of Scientology, and her ultimate coming out, and seeing the organization for what it is. It is truly incredible the strength it must have took her to walk aw...