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L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of Scientology. He has described his philosophies in more than 5,000 writings, including dozens of books, and three thousand tape recorded lectures. Those who regularly employ his teachings to improve themselves and help their fellows come from all walks of life. The universal acclaim for the man — including thousands of awards and recognitions from individuals and groups and the unprecedented popularity of his works among all people — is but one indicator of the effectiveness of his technologies. More importantly, there are millions of people around the world who consider they have no greater friend.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.; November 2007 edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403144206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403144201
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 320 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most enduring and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

Then too, of course, there is all L. Ron Hubbard represents as the Founder of Dianetics and Scientology and thus the only major religion born in the 20th century.

While, as such, he presents the culmination of science and spiritual technology as embodied in the religion of Scientology.

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You may even be able to change the way in which you think about life.
Kenny Barrett
The part of the book which really indicate to me deals with how life can be viewed as a game, composed of freedom, barriers, and purposes.
Katy Karson
I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to know more about Scientology or life in general.
David N.

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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Newell on October 19, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read this book a few years ago and I'm about to read it for the second time. I'm not a scientologist nor do I plan to become one. I've never read any other scientology book or pamphlet.

As far as philosopy is concerned, this book didn't reveal anything especially new or astounding to me.

The value of it is in the manner in which it teaches one to control their thoughts instead of allowing their thoughts to control them. If you have a phobia, problems with procrastination, a goal you wish to reach, a tendency to give yourself negative feedback, or if you just wish to change for other reasons, this book effectively teaches you to (to put it as simply as possibly) have your CONSCIOUS mind control your subconscious mind. For too many people, the opposite is true. Do you want to start your own business, but have a nagging voice tell you that you've never been successful and shouldn't expect to be now? Do you consciously say that you will do something important today, and your subconscious tells you it can wait? Why are you allowing your subconscious mind to stop you from what you consciously decided you want to do? This book really helps you in addressing this problem.

Again, I'm not a scientologist and don't intend to become one. Wisdom doesn't come in the vehicle of only one religion, one language, one culture, one philosophy. Don't allow your mistrust of the religions or cultures of others impede your acceptance of wisdom.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By 420 on January 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an other book I was forced to buy and read when I joined the "Church" of Scientology. I had to read it with a dictionary next to me, and I'm not stupid or uneducated, but the book is full of the most complicated words you can possibly find and explains nothing in great detail.

If I was still in the cult I would be saying the same things some of the other praising reviewers say about it, but I'm free to tell the truth now, don't buy this book.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dean Blair on January 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this book from cover to end at least a half dozen times. I was a member of the Church of Scientology for forty years. The book is a come on to get people to enter further into the realm of Dianetics and Scientology and once you get there you will find out you are in Hell.

If you really want to find out what Scientology is all about. Google it. And while you are at it, Google David Miscavige and L. Ron Hubbard.
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40 of 59 people found the following review helpful By NoWireHangers on March 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
(Like so many negative reviews on this and related books, my review has been deleted, so here it is again)

This is a book that tries to explain some of the basic ideas of Scientology. The main text of the book is only about 120 pages and the rest is a glossary and a list of addresses to Scientology orgs.

The book states that all the ideas in Scientology are scientifially provable, yet no proof is ever offered, even for the most absurd claims (such as that affinity, when low, turn into matter, etc.). I suppose that's one reason it's convenient for this "science" to also call itself a religion, because when asked for proof, they can claim it's a matter of faith.

We're told - as in all Scientology books - that the only reason one fails to understand what one reads is because one went past a word one didn't understand, so you must never do that when reading this book. And it's not an easy read, not because the words are difficult, but simply because most of it doesn't make any sense and it does a rather bad job at trying to make sense of the ideas. But of course, their explanation would be that I just didn't read it carefully enough.

We're also instructed to find some ideas we agree with before studying Scientology further, and told that "those who strike at this work out of some black well of ideological misorientation, some antisocial cravenness, strike at the heart of man" (p.4). In other words, if you disagree with this book, it's because you're an antisocial enemy of mankind. So much for thinking for yourself.

The book is also racist, as evident in statements such as "Unlike the yellow and brown people, the whiet does not usually believe he can get attention from matter or objects. The yellow and brown believe for the most part ...
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37 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book goes over the basics of Scientology and explains them in a fascinating and practical way.

This was the first book I read on the subject and I think what I enjoyed about it the most was that I could try out the ideas for myself. I didn't just have to believe or accept anything, the book challenged me to think for myself.

The datum that the hightest purpose in the universe is the creation of effect explained to me a great deal about the behavior of myself and others and actually made me much more tolerant of others.

The chapter on games and how they apply to life enabled me to see where I was getting involved with activities that were not what I really wanted and I was then able to make changes so I was doing what I wanted and I felt much happier with myself and my life.

I could go on, but I would fill up the whole page.

I will end by saying that I recommend this book highly. Read it and make your life go the way you want it to.
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