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My Billion Year Contract: Memoir of a Former Scientologist Paperback – October 26, 2009
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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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That said I enjoyed it overall very much, but it was not a page-turner like Blown for good and Abuse at the Top.
Nancy Many's experiences ranged from Ron L Hubbard, through to David Miscavige and her personal memories were so believable and balanced.
It is no wonder that the followers find it so hard to leave such a poisonous environment and that families are fractured and malfunctioing.
When you consider the restrictions placed on husbands , wives, girlfriends, abortions, money,freedom of expression, personal freedoms, human rights and reciprocal responsibilities, one wonders how these sects can be allowed to function in our supposedly developed society. Well done to Nancy and all of the sect members who have found the courage to not only leave the sect at great personal trauma, but to report on it to the world at large. I salute you!