It is a triumph. A work of great honesty and insight.
By turns endearing and alarming, this story describes the hazards involved in having to choose between a strong, loving family and a demanding, seductive church—between one sort of belonging and another. I consider it Sands’s best book.
It is a great strength of Sands Hall’s clear-eyed and compelling memoir that she shows what she found authentic and rewarding in the Church of Scientology, not merely its corruption and imprisoning dogma. There is regret in her account but little anger or blame. Her triumph is not that she got out, but that she winnowed what nourishment the church could provide and took it forward in her spiritual journey.
…serves as a significant behind-the-scenes look at this cultlike religion. Frank and edifying information on Scientology from a woman who experienced it firsthand. A good complement to Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear.
Novelist and actress Hall (Catching Heaven) probes her descent into Scientology in this impassioned, wonderfully constructed memoir. . . . Hall reflects with brutal honesty on her decisions throughout this meticulously crafted book, which explores her negative experiences with Scientology and how her desire to please led her to believe in the unbelievable.
Hall takes readers on a profound journey of loss, longing, and recovery.
..a raw and moving account of (Hall’s) personal journey through the Church of Scientology.
…a cautionary tale not only for our religious life, but especially now, for our political one.