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Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider's Guide to What Scientology is All About Paperback – December 24, 2015
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About the Author
Born and raised in California, Chris Shelton grew up in Scientology and spent 25 years actively working for it at its highest levels. Having escaped in 2013, he has been an outspoken critic and anti-cult advocate ever since. He has chronicled his recovery from Scientology on his blog, The Critical Thinker at Large, and on his YouTube channel.
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It is hard to get outside myself and imagine what someone completely new to the subject might experience reading this book, but I think they would find it very valuable. There is even a brief section on how to help your friends or relatives that are trapped in the cult. If you read that, and follow up with reading some of the references you could help someone quite a lot.
Finally, why Scientology? Why not read about warm puppies or sunsets instead? Factually Scientology is a tiny footnote in the history of obscure religious excesses and would not be long for the world if the criminal justice system was a little more active. Next year it may be even less. But the flaws in the human psyche that made Scientology possible, and which also drive far more active and dangerous movements, are still with us and will probably always be with us. We can read about the silly things Scientologists believe and laugh, but belief in silly things is not what makes them dangerous. It is what they do, the damage they cause in their ignorance and fanaticism, the terrible cost in human lives and sanity, that makes them worthy of study.
Chris has done a good job of making it understandable, and showing how intelligent and successful people can get sucked in along with the hopeless losers.
As a former psychologist, I admire his ability to recognize the damage that occurred mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is amazing to me that he has been able to see through the dogma and find his footing in the 'real' world in such a short span of years.
I have been retired for the past decade, but this book, among others makes me wonder if there may be a need for a great many more therapists to learn how to sincerely help those who want to recover from such a traumatic experience, and only those such as the author, hold the key that will open minds to the degree that true healing can begin.
I admire the reasons why most people join Scientology in the first place. I can honestly say that after reading this, as well as other books on the subject, that the 'sell' may have enticed me at a certain point in my life. They start out extremely well-intentioned and it is nothing short of a travesty that they are connived, controlled and abused the way that they are.
I genuinely hope and pray that any and all that find their way out will go on to live the rich and rewarding lives that they deserved to live all along.
I have come to enjoy Chris Shelton (Critical Thinker at Large) work both here and on YouTube.
Thanks for the honesty and clarity Mr. Shelton.