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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bonnie Woods (June 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903905214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903905210
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,334,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Woods exposes lies, fraud and harassment from and within the cult of Scientology., June 13, 2009
By John Rubenstein (USA)
I first read this book before it was published when Scientology was fighting in the High Court to prevent it's release. It tells the true story of Bonnie Woods, in her own words, discovering that she'd joined a cult, escaping and subsequently becoming a target of the cult's infamous "Office of Special Affairs". She learns how her former friends and associates at the "church" treat those who leave the fold and dare to speak out about their experiences. The book grabs you right away as Bonnie recounts her and her daughter's first contact with the cult's "Fair Game" policy in their own home. This book is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about this little understood but shockingly dangerous and insidious cult operating in almost every major city in the world.

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Bonnie Woods is a diminutive, soft-spoken mother and grandmother living with her husband in England.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John Rubenstein on June 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
I first read this book before it was published when Scientology was fighting in the High Court to prevent it's release. It tells the true story of Bonnie Woods, in her own words, discovering that she'd joined a cult, escaping and subsequently becoming a target of the cult's infamous "Office of Special Affairs". She learns how her former friends and associates at the "church" treat those who leave the fold and dare to speak out about their experiences. The book grabs you right away as Bonnie recounts her and her daughter's first contact with the cult's "Fair Game" policy in their own home. This book is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about this little understood but shockingly dangerous and insidious cult operating in almost every major city in the world.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David on July 15, 2010
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This book is slightly different from other stories I've read from ex-Scientologists, since the majority of the interesting action takes place after Bonnie has left Scientology.

She decides to help families who are having problems with the cult, and starts warning people of the dangers. This places her and her husband on the front-line of Scientology harassment, and results in a long legal battle to clear her name.

It's very inspiring because here we have an average couple, with financial problems and the demands and responsibilities of a young family, taking on and refusing to be silenced by a rich, malevolent, international cult. It really is a remarkable story.

Where it's also unusual is that Bonnie's explanation for her courage, commitment, desire to obtain justice and help in unexpected places came from God (JesusTech if you will!)

Now, some may find this uncomfortable. Is it a good idea to replace one set of odd beliefs with another?

For me it made the story even more fascinating. My recommendation would be to read it and judge for yourself. Did Bonnie really get supernatural assistance, or did the strength of her belief in a power much stronger than Scientology enable her to keep going when most people would have faltered? The book reaches a dramatic conclusion, so stay with it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary G on November 7, 2010
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All cults have a frightening aspect to them; Scientology is especially powerful because of their 'hold' on the individual in spite of some quirkie 'treatments' disguised as 'therapy'. The individual loses her/his strength of will to remain 'their' own person with choices. The author was lucky to get out. The book is quite informative, and scarey! Reminded me of Jim Jones, and several other infamous cult leaders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Watson on July 7, 2013
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This book really strengthened my faith in Christ and showed me that "with God, all things are possible", and "if God be for us, who can be against us?". All Christians should read this book to strengthen their faith and anyone who wants to root for an underdog taking on a huge unstoppable monster will love this book!
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