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I just finished reading it. I could not put it down! The title is based upon what is known as a Billion Year Contract to work for Scientology s elite para military force for the next billion years. Believe it or not, this is a real contract. This autobiography is based upon the author Nancy Many s committment to that contract and the ensuing years of her life and the lives of others as members of the dark side ofScientology. It details the effects the contract and committment had on her life while an active member and later on when deciding to no longer be a member of Scientology. Nancy is former high level scientology member who went from dealing directly with the founder and scientology celebrities to a babbling mess because of Scientology s seemingly endless security clearance interrogation procedures, deprivation techniques, and unanswered questions. One day she cracked. Not everyone cracks but many do. You ll read about what it s like to be forced into Scientology s `rehabilitation project force (RPF) and what it s like to suffer from the gang bang mental torture sessions and Scientology attacks against it s perceived enemies and what it took to recover. Nancy Many demonstrates what happens to the mind when totalitarian tactics and policies are used to control the individual and the thought processes that occur which result in a person staying in scientology despite these dehumanizing tactics used against them. This is a story of love and how a cult brings it s members to tow the line or jump off the cliff without a cushion or support. It is especially true that the book is a shocking story of abuse, imprisonment, espionage, lies, mental torture and suicide vital reading for anyone who wants to know what goes on behind the curtain. Beside the telling of her personal tragedy and that of others who were harmed by scientology, Nancy Many really gives the reader a sense of what happens to the compliant member and those who are considered errant. For any one dealing with cult issues, this is especially helpful. As she got better, she then worked to help others. She found resources for what what might help even the most messed up of former members. She did this not only for herself but because others had died for lack of it. In the process of her own recovery,she came to understand how she was able to go along with doing things that were against her instincts or moral code or even the law and how scientology creates this mechanism of control on members. There is specific information which I think will shock and dismay even the most jaded former members. Nancy also reveals information about L Ron Hubbard, his family and how they were treated when he was illand his will was being redone. For those who wonder WHY she didn t just up and leave in the instant, you get to understand the mindset. Especially helpful was reading what it was like for her when the seeds of doubt would come in as she found herself in the middle between the pro and anti scientology factions while working undercover for the higher echelons of the church. Because she was President of Scientology s Celebrity Center in Los Angeles, there s insider information on what Scientology does with celebrities and how they manipulate them. Because of her investigative work for the church, you learn how that office worked against it s enemies ( and still works against them. Even the spies of scientology are spied upon to keep them in line! (Some church, heh?) There s lots of previously unrevealed info, which is especially eye opening. It s a facinating and disturbing read. It is a story of the triumpth over evil and the importance of grace but more importantly, it is something that the Church of Scientology DOES NOT want people to read. So go read it. --Mary M

I wanted to let you know I finished reading your book last night. What a story! It held my interest all the way through, obviously because I lived through a lot of it myself and found it fascinating, but also because it was well written and kept me wondering what came next. You obviously put a lot of thought into putting these memories into order and making some sense out of some very senseless events. The result is very coherent and consistent and the picture it ends up painting of Scientology is appalling and frightening. I never lost my mind, thank god, but I remember coming close to it. And certainly I lost myself my own purposes, goals and my belief in myself. I just became an unthinking worker bee, day after day, accepting the abuse. I m just thankful that I came to my senses enough to refuse to go back on post and refuse the RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force) and insist on being offloaded. I just knew I had to get out of there or die if not literally, then spiritually. I have a lot of admiration for what you have done for those who were hardest hit by Scientology abuses. I think it has an important message, and it shows the underside of Scientology in a way that no other book on Scientology that I have ever seen does. It is a very personal story, and it shows how Scientology messes with people s minds irresponsibly. You were very lucky to have Chris through the whole experience. More than anything, it is a story of how love and decency and real caring can do more than any of their vaunted levels . --Jeff H

About the Author

Nancy Many was a college student in Boston when she frst wandered into a Scientology offce. That was the beginning of the end of independence and freedom, as she knew it. After 27 years of service at all levels of Scientology s Sea Organization, Nancy left the group, and now works to help others who have been victimized, and to expose the abuse and crimes of her former group. Nancy lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: CNM Publishing; First edition (October 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578039222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578039220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Janster on February 10, 2010
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Nancy Many's personal memoir of her years in the Church of Scientology, both as member of their holy order, the Sea Org, and as a public member, is a much-needed work on the cult. Nancy tells her story in a calm, unaffected, plain way. She has no bitterness toward the Church of Scientology. She tells how she got in as a college student, how she met her husband, Chris, while they were in the Sea Org, how Ron Hubbard himself sent her to the Rehabilitation Project Force, which is their corrective prison camp for Sea Org members, how she got out of the Sea Org, built a business consulting practice using the CoS's business plans, and then how she suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of one of their intensive interrogations. She includes her testimony in the Lisa McPherson case, and the letter that Greg Bashaw sent to the Flag Landbase asking for help just before he committed suicide. She tells of the events that led to his breakdown as a result of one of their intensive counseling sessions. The book is very powerful not just for its inside view but for the detail and the plain way that Nancy tells her story. If you do not read any other book this year, let this one be it.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Roz on March 13, 2010
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Well, I was trying to create an anomymous name for fear of how the church would blacklist me with any friends I may still have who are in. Nancy's book saddened me for I know it's true. When I left, every friend who was a member broke contact. Every. They do have the policy of disconnection. Tom Davis lies. And that is saddening even more so since I knew him when he was 19. He now lies like all those who've been brainwashed by this pseudo-religion. OSA, as Nancy writes, is the same as the GO. I feel for Nancy. She nearly lost her life to these greedy robots and am so happy she has found her way. Her book is very fair I feel for those who still hold on to what they believe is good in Scn. That is big of her. This book is a must read for anybody in the Church and those curious about it. I do not hold any ill will towards a Scn but I do know LRH was a liar and a con. And all evidence shows Miscavaige to be even worse. Read this book and decide for yourself about this "religion". I am thrilled to be done with it.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By L. Jameson on December 31, 2009
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I have never been compelled to share my opinion about a book before now. This book exposes Scientology for what it really is - a business (NOT a church) that is all about money and mind control. It's about smoke and mirrors, deep-cover spying on anyone who is critical of Scientology. Innocent victims are sucked into their group with manipulative and deceptive practices. People are pushed to their limits financially, emotionally and physically. Along the way, many people have lost their minds AND their lives.

Members are forbidden to have contact with others who have been identified by Scientology as "suppressives" - people who are thought to be working against the common good. This can even include immediate family members. Ex-members fear the consequences of speaking out about any trauma they've endured. Not many people have the resources to go up against this organization. Furthermore, as the author describes, the retribution alone has been devastating to many. Scientology has the resources to sabatoge someone's reputation and/or career. When someone has been traumatized to the point of a psychotic break, they are forbidden to seek traditional psychiatric help (Tom Cruise has certainly adopted this belief) and instead are instructed to take mega doses of vitamins and supplements. If this doesn't help, the people are basically ostracized and receive no further help from Scientology.

I was absolutely fascinated with this memoir. This is one brave woman to endure what she did, come out on the other side and continue to provide help for those who have suffered her same fate. I'm not sure I could be as forgiving as she appears to be but I certainly admire her. In fact, I'm surprised this book was even published, knowing the possible repercussions. Scientology has always been a mysterious organization to me. This memoir is one of the most enlightening and riveting I've ever read.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By heavyreader on February 15, 2010
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Interesting and quite scary reading on Scientology and how people in the organisation are being missused and misstreated by the scientologysystem, and still can be in the organisation for many years. Nancy Many managed at last to break out. I find it very important that the really bad sides of this organisation is outed, and that all the humbug is laid open. How can people still believe in this? Its all about money, and the "church" is a big hoax.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 12, 2010
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Nancy's book created a visceral response ... because she wrote her story so well.

AND because I too have plummeted to those depths where the walls talk to you, the phone rings and the demons yell.

Because I too was left by the side of the road (figuratively) by the very organization I had devoted 8 years of intense service as top management staff and 12 years as a paying public scientologist.

The horrible heartbreaking thing to me is that there are still so many deeply entrenched inside the management of scientology and many more still lock stepping to the current tune.

And many are my friends who I haven't spoken to in 15 years or their children.

What does it take for someone to call a spade a spade? Or scientology to be exposed for the cult that it is? Or more lives to be lost or minds to be broken?

I supposed it will take Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch, then turning to Matt Laurer and saying -- Matt, Matt, you are so glib. You don't know the history of Scientology (and David Miscavige) I do.

Perhaps then - those who continue to fund miscavige will stand up and take notice.
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