#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An eye-opening, no-holds-barred memoir about life in the Church of Scientology, now with a new afterword by the author—the outspoken actress and star of the A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost. That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices. Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes. But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever. Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences. Praise for Troublemaker “An aggressively honest memoir . . . Troublemaker is the most raw and revealing Scientology memoir to date.”—Entertainment Weekly “Leah’s story is a juicy, inside-Hollywood read, but it’s more than that. It’s a moving story about the value of questioning authority and how one woman survived a profound crisis of faith.”—People “Remini [offers] up some juicy tidbits from her decades in the church.”—Newsweek
Troublemaker by Leah Remini | Summary & Analysis Preview: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology is actress/celebrity Leah Remini’s memoir of her life in the Church of Scientology, her gradual disillusionment with the church, and her eventual decision to leave it permanently—all against the backdrop of building a successful acting career. Leah grows up in fairly impoverished circumstances as the child of a broken home in Brooklyn. Her father, who is chauvinistic and verbally abusive to Leah and her sister, separates from Leah’s mother, Vicki Marshall. Leah is plagued by a constant sense of inadequacy, instilled in part by her father’s put-downs, but also by her own sense of insecurity and status consciousness. She compares herself to her friends and neighboring families, whose mothers cook family meals and iron their clothes, despite their difficult circumstances. Vicki, though loving, is a rather absent-minded mother. Leah finds herself continuously searching for acceptance and validation, and struggles to be more like everyone else… PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of Troublemaker: • Summary of book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style
Warning This is an independent addition to Troublemaker, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary from aBookaDay. INTRODUCTION Leah Remini begins her autobiography by immediately discrediting herself. She starts by listing all the things she was done wrong in her life, as well as the different bad qualities of her personality that people close to her would happily point out. She does this because she is preempting anything the church of Scientology will say about her when the book comes out. This tactic of reverse self-preservation both protects her against any future public backlash from the church, as well as heightens the drama to come as it suggests to the reader that what she is about to reveal will be worse than everything she is admitting in these first few pages. Remini explains how she left the church of Scientology in 2013, and this book is her way of not only explaining why, but revealing the truth behind the church and honoring those who have had to undergo experiences similar to hers, but have had to keep them secret. She gives a basic definition of Scientology through a quote from its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. It is described as a set plan of rules, guidelines, and lessons that take an individual through a scientific-type of process as a means to achieve spiritual enlightenment. In this way, the aims of Scientology are to create a higher and more self-aware civilization where there is less crime and violence and humanity has been able to achieve a level of spiritual enlightenment. Remini explains that she was raised as a second generation Scientologist: meaning a person has either been born into it, or brought in to it as a child by their parents [as she was]. She goes on to explain the allure of Scientology: a sense of empowerment, a clear-cut path to enlightenment, and a very comprehensible and achievable method of hard work and study that will lead directly to a moment of "going clear," or rising above the pain and irrationality of the mind. Being raised in the church helped form a very "us against them" mentality in her early on-a theme that would continue throughout her life, particularly in Hollywood. She delves into a hypothetical situation, placing the reader directly in the shoes of a person being lured in by the church and showing just how persuasive and appealing it can be. After demonstrating the ease with which it is to become a member, Remini details the personal and monetary costs of being a Scientologist. During her thirty years as a member, she personally spent close to two million dollars on training and classes and donated nearly three million dollars to church causes. Most members, she states, will end up spending five hundred thousand dollars or more, regardless of their income or level, to reach the level of "going clear." Everything, she explains-money, work, relationships, personal emotions-goes back to the church. Remini finishes the introduction by explaining that this book will essentially separate her from the church for good. By leaving the church two years earlier, and now writing this, she has become a "SP" (or "Suppressive Person," someone who is a threat to Scientology) and is now not only cut off from the church, but open to aggressive discrediting by the leaders and members. An interesting point she makes it that most people who leave the church do so because they have been penalized for being defiant, questioning, and independent thinkers; yet, these are the same qualities that made them perfect for joining the church in the first place. Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved
..".sums up my problem with Scientology-despite its claims to the contrary, the practice doesn't help you better the world or even yourself; it only helps you be a better Scientologist." - Leah Remini ****Get the whole book, in a 30 minute short read!**** Leah Remini's Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (Summary, Analysis and Key Points) Buy Now: Only $5.95 (Regular Price: $7.99) Read This Book: Buy now and have this short read book instantly delivered to your reading device. This book, a supplement to Leah Remini's "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology," covers the key points & analysis, controversial revelations and shocking details of Leah Remini's experience with the Church of Scientology. Introduction Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology chronicles the events in the life of actress Leah Remini, before, during and after her experience with the Church of Scientology. Remini is widely known for her work in the comedy TV series The King Of Queens. In this memoir, Remini goes into great details about all aspects of her life, including, but not limited to, how she was introduced to the church, how she coped with raising a family, how she handled her acting career as well as her interactions with other celebrities who were also involved in the Church Of Scientology. -- SummaReads Features Chapter Summaries - Clear, concise and easy to understand descriptions, key concepts and important details. Chapter Key Takeaways and Points - The most important concepts of each chapter containing at least four specific bullet points. -- Advantages With SummaReads *Spend less time reading and more time enjoying and understanding your favorite books. *Discover important detailed analysis you may have missed the first time. *Learn key concepts in simple and efficient manner. *Use as a "cheat sheet" and reference to quickly access important information. *Focus on critical information and eliminate unnecessary details. *Can be used as an effective study aid.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Troublemaker by Leah Remini | Summary & Analysis Preview: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology is actress/celebrity Leah Remini's memoir of her life in the Church of Scientology, her gradual disillusionment with the church, and her eventual decision to leave it permanently--all against the backdrop of building a successful acting career. Leah grows up in fairly impoverished circumstances as the child of a broken home in Brooklyn. Her father, who is chauvinistic and verbally abusive to Leah and her sister, separates from Leah's mother, Vicki Marshall. Leah is plagued by a constant sense of inadequacy, instilled in part by her father's put-downs, but also by her own sense of insecurity and status consciousness. She compares herself to her friends and neighboring families, whose mothers cook family meals and iron their clothes, despite their difficult circumstances. Vicki, though loving, is a rather absent-minded mother. Leah finds herself continuously searching for acceptance and validation, and struggles to be more like everyone else... Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of Troublemaker: * Summary of book * Introduction to the Important People in the book * Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, summarize and analyze it for your convenience.
Author: Stephen A. Kent
Release Date: 2017-07-14
This multidisciplinary study of Scientology examines the organization and the controversies around it through the lens of popular culture, referencing movies, television, print, and the Internet—an unusual perspective that will engage a wide range of readers and researchers. • Discusses Scientology within the framework of popular culture, which is how most people outside the religion come in contact with it • Approaches the study of Scientology from multiple viewpoints, enabling readers to have an informed, multicultural perspective on the religious group's beliefs and practices from which to form their own opinion • Presents information about Scientology derived from one of the largest university archive collections on the subject worldwide, with a number of documents never before having been referenced in scholarship
Author: Julie Bonetti
Publisher: EI Alliance
Release Date: 2018-05-24
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
This commentary explores 4 reasons why Leah Remini's book "Troublemaker" matters. It stresses why it is an important read and explores what is shared that helps all of us be inspired to live searching for our own truths while being courageous and daring.
Leah Remini is an American actress, producer, author, and comedian. She is best known for her role as Serafina Tortelli on Cheers (1982-1993) and Carrie Heffernan on The King of Queens (1998-2007). Remini released her memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology on November 3, 2015.
The shocking and subversive memoir of a 12-year-NXIVM-member-turned-whistleblower, and her inspiring true story of abuse, escape, and redemption. "Master, would you brand me? It would be an honor." Scarred follows actress Sarah Edmondson's account of her recruitment into the NXIVM cult founded by Keith Raniere and the 12 years she spent within the organization, during which she enrolled over 2,000 members. This book also chronicles her breaking point and her harrowing fight to get out, help others, and heal. • Sarah Edmondson is a Canadian actress and playwright who has starred in the CBS series Salvation and more than 12 films for the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime. • Complete with personal photographs, this tell-all follows Sarah from the moment she takes her first NXIVM seminar, to the invitation she accepts from her best friend, Lauren Salzman, into DOS—a "secret sisterhood" within the cult—to her journey toward becoming a key witness in the federal case against its founders. • Readers will learn how cults like NXIVM get started, why people get involved (and stay), and the importance of whistleblowers who bring light to illegal and unethical practices. Scarred isn't just about NXIVM. It is also a story about abuses of power, the role female friendships play in cults, and how sometimes the search to be "better" can override everything else. In the constant search for self-improvement, how much do you trust the message and messenger? • A thrilling read for fans of true crime and cults, as well as listeners of podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Up and Vanished • Evokes questions about friendship, ethics, good and evil, making it a perfect selection for book clubs. • Great for fans of Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini, Escape by Carolyn Jessop, Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill, and Bad Blood by John Carreyrou