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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: 836 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.; Rev Upd edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573181226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573181228
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,550 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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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Gregorio on March 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
No, I'm not a Scientologist and Yes, I read every word of this rather large and impressive book. It really is a gorgeous publication with top notch printing and binding, expensive glossy paper stock, tons of photos and lots of information. Did I find out what I wanted to know about Scientology from reading it? Yes and no. The book covers every possible service the church offers to members and gives some brief detatils about each of them. They are numerous and daunting and the mere amount of them would, I suspect keep most people from having any interest in pursuing Scientology further. There are hundreds of books, lectures, courses, procedures, services etc to be done and it seems a very inefficient method for reaching "total freedom", in fact it sounds more like a full time job in Scientology to me. I don't see how anyone could hold down a real job and do even half of these Scientology courses described in this book at the same time. This would take a lifetime to do. Curiously, the book provides a copy of a chart that maps out the "bridge" to spiritual freedom and oddly enough, the church has not released the top levels of this bridge to the public yet and (again, acording to the book) will not do so until enough Scientologists are at the higher levels. Why would I want to invest my time in walking on an INCOMPLETE bridge? The book explains that Dianetics and Scientology have been around for more than 50 years so where are all the incredible results at? If this all works so well, why are there so few people reaching the top of this "bridge" and why are there not Scientologist churchs all over the place (they could give some competition to the hundreds of Baptist churches in my area of the world)? Why isn't the world flocking to this religion that works "100 percent of the time".Read more ›
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
I had many of my questions answered about the controversy
of Scientology. I always wondered why someone would want
to attack something that helped so many people live better
lives. I also had many misunderstandings of what Scientology
really was about. This book has a compelling introduction
and a question answer section that really made sense.

I was fascinated by the many different types of people who
found help through the writings of Mr. Hubbard. This book
is a MUST READ.
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17 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Robinson on March 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I would consider this a reference book, not a casual read.

In fact I wouldn't read this straight through, anyway.

However, if you are looking for information on any particular subject within Scientology, this book is a catchall for that information. It can also be used to lead you to other information and other books.

But it's not a casual read and I don't even think it was really intended to be read that way.

My suggestion is, don't buy this book if you are trying to read something about Scientology in depth. This is an overview book on the subject. Do buy it if you are looking for an overview.

You might find some detractors writing about this particular book's subject matter. I would suggest you check it out for yourself and make your own decision. If necessary, try the library and see if it's what you're looking for. If so, then you can buy the book as a reference manual on the religion.

It makes you wonder if these naysayers are also saying the same thing about books explaining Judaism, or Catholicism or Islam. Religion today is full of controversy, full of bad press, yet still millions are part of one religion or another. It's always a good idea to form your own opinions by reading material offered by the various religions or by allies of those religions, rather than taking the information of detractors. Why? Because you can make up your own mind and write your own review based on the actual presentation of the religion or philosophy from its own source.

So if you are looking into various religions or are looking for answers, this book could be a great jumping off point for Scientology, but, as I said, it is not a casual read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giulio on May 9, 2014
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When you get this book, do not expect anything small. The book is larger than regular books, and it has around 800 pages. It is full of colored illustrations that make the reading much more interesting and easy to understand. There is an answer about every possible question that one can have on this religion. What is an E-Meter, how it works, what is Scientology, where does it comes from, what goes on in a Scientology church... you name it !! It really covers a lot. If you are just looking for the teachings of the religion, you might want to read the book "A New Slant on Life". But if you are willing to really study the Scientology Religion, this is one of those books to own...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1997
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I picked up this book because I had personal
experience with how well the Hubbard Study Technology works with young adults who have been illegitimately passed through our education system yet did NOT even learn how to read. I witnessed young people being happy to find out that they COULD indeed learn. They also thereafter were increasingly interested in becoming contributing members of their community. The chapter on this Study Technology did not say other than what I personally witnessed.

I wasn't fully aware of the other things which can be improved using Scientology principals. If the topics covered in other chapters get even half the results claimed, it would be a good thing for society at large. I plan to look into it personally and decide for myself.
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