It is a triumph. A work of great honesty and insight.
Named one of the top ten books in religion and spirituality, Spring 2018
This completely absorbing book is as gripping as any thriller…An early candidate for memoir of the year, this is a thrilling story of one woman’s search for truth and her place in the world.
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.
provide(s) some of the most penetrating, illuminating prose about
how an educated and skeptical person could get so deeply into, and then struggle
to escape, what everyone around her warned was a dangerous cult.
Hall takes readers on a profound journey of loss, longing, and recovery.
[L]ike many former Scientologists, Hall is honest about the insidious ways it can capture and isolate its adherents. It’s a memoir of a life filled with joy and tragedy, and readers will appreciate the author’s candor.
..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.
…toggles between her family and the church, digging
deeply into the dynamics of power and control, love, and compassion,
before coming to a surprising resolution.