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My Billion Year Contract, Memoir of a Former Scientologist (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Nancy Many

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To a young, teenage girl, Scientology seemed to be just what the author was looking for: a way to improve herself and attain spiritual enlightenment. But it was only after she joined Scientology's elite inner circle, the Sea Organization, and signed a Billion Year contract that she she discovered the dark world of fanaticism and abuse at the center of Scientology's vast empire.
For more than two decades she worked at all levels of the organization, from serving as a personal aide to the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, who placed her in charge of the religion's worldwide expansion to becoming the head of Celebrity Center in Los Angeles, the organization that caters to Scientology's celebrity members.
Early in her Scientology career, she spent five years as a covert agent engaged in espionage activities for the Church's shadowy Guardian's Office. After leaving the Sea Org, she spent an additional two years as an undercover operative for the "reformed" Guardian's Office, the Office of Special Affairs which continued the same pattern of covert intelligence and dirty tricks against the Church's perceived enemies while using intense legal attacks and bolstered by hired private investigators. She personally experienced the Sea Organization's Rehabilitation Project Force; a labor camp where erring members are "reeducated".
When her loyalty came into question she was subjected to weeks of grueling interrogation, ending up in restraints after being rushed to a hospital by ambulance, unable to even recognize her own husband.
It 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 Scientology's curtain.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 549 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 360 pages
  • Editeur : CNM Publishing; Édition : 1 (26 octobre 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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36 internautes sur 41 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sobering 23 août 2010
Par Ingrid G. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The previous reviews said it all really. This is a former staffer's account of what her and her husband experienced at the hands of Scientology. Extremely unpleasant conditions for a group that wants ro make the world a better place. I walk away seeing this as a cult and pyramid scheme. I know the author says throughout that there was some good experiences with her courses and parts of her career, but I never understood what that was. Everything she learned business wise could have been found in college or other work experiences. The group prays on the weaker willed and exploits them based on the account told here. I kept trying to imagine myself doing what she was told to do...and can't. I am stubborn and would never go along with the stupid rules and rehab they subject staffers to. Basically, she describes a working class designed to be slaves for Scientology - sold as rehab. I am sorry people put themselves in these cults and are exploited...it's so hard for me to understand being involved in it. This was an interesting read and account of her experiences. I agree the book could have been edited better for flow. There also could have been a better description of the mythology behind the group along with more descriptions on the auditing process.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good not great 1 août 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have read 'Blown For Good' & 'Abuse at the Top' and a few other popular books about people leaving Scientology. Of the three or four books I found this one to be the hardest to read. This book is about a lot more than just her experience leaving the Church. I got the Kindle edition, and as I was reading the first chapter I thought that I must be reading the wrong book, because it didn't seem to have anything to do with Scientology, it wasn't until much later in the book that I finally understood what was happening in the first chapter. She is very detailed in her writing but its not as quick of a read as some of the other big ex-Scientology books out there. The book is formatted oddly. Some bits of the book seem random, and somewhere in the middle the book seems to end and it just becomes a bunch of journal entries. I would like it if the book was more structured, it feels almost like a stream of consciousness style of writing.

That said I enjoyed it overall very much, but it was not a page-turner like Blown for good and Abuse at the Top.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eye Opening first hand account 18 septembre 2012
Par Shannon P - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this book immensely. It was a page turner, constantly leaving the reader wondering a) why Nancy would continue to endure what she did and b) how the CoS can continue to get away with it. For the reviewers that complained of the quality of writing, I can understand the complaints to some extent. That said, its a woman's personal story, most of which seems to be, pieced together through her journals during the time the events were happening. I didn't purchase this thinking I would be so intent on finishing it and finding out what happened at the end but I was! I hope that there is a final chapter in the works that addresses all the things that have been portrayed recently in the media regarding the CoS and the mental games they play.

It was evident throughout this book that the CoS had a mental, emotional and financial hold on Nancy and her family. They indentured the Manys into working for next to nothing while preventing them through tactics of fear of leaving. When your whole world is reliant on an organization, how can you safely break free?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A riveting personal account of many facets of scientology 11 janvier 2015
Par Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book has some glaring weaknesses (which makes my 5-star rating all the more remarkable): The first chapter is not a very gripping introduction. In fact, I abandoned the book for a couple of weeks after reading the first 20 pages. The last 50 pages drag as well. In between, there are definitely a few dead spots as well. However, one needs to remember that this book was written by a first-time author who did not enjoy the editorial support that usually goes into creating a book. Additionally, this woman suffered through 3 decades in a cult which eventually drove her to severe mental illness. Yet, she came back from this and managed to put a book together. For this alone, she deserves respect, as well as a bit of latitude. I am glad I picked up the book again and persevered. This is a story that needed to be told.

A lost and disillusioned college student (ie. impressionable and easily preyed on), Nancy became a member of the scientology organization (considered variously a church, a business or a cult) in Boston in 1972. Almost immediately, she dropped out of college and joined the Sea Organization (the paramilitary inner circle and staff), signing an employment contract for the next 1,000,000,000 years of her lives. Through enthusiasm, competence and hard work (120 hour weeks for about $25/week), she rose to top positions, working directly with L Ron Hubbard as well as directing the Hollywood Celebrity Center where impoverished Sea Org members get to target the rich and famous to create new scientology poster persons and keep existing ones in the fold.

But other than exploitative work conditions, additional problems arose during her career. Twice, she fell from top executive positions to being arbitrarily incarcerated in the Rehabilitation Task Force (RPF). This involved being locked up in illegal living spaces to live in a hotel parking structure (Ft. Harrison Hotel, Clearwater, FL), eat off the leftovers of regular staff meals, endangering her pregnancy and enduring unrelenting brainwashing to explore and repent of imaginary crimes committed against the organization. In the mid-80s, she and her husband refused further degradation, abuse and child endangerment, and fled the Sea Org.

Not ready to risk her spiritual salvation (which, needless to say, can be found exclusively in scientology) and fearing disconnection (a "church" mandated and stricly enforced shunning policy designed to isolate an "apostate" former member from their family and friends in good standing with the organization as well as severely hinder their economic recovery from years of barely paid servitude), she stayed on as a "public scientologist," a member of scientology outside of the Sea Org. (It's also abundantly documented that disconnected scientology exes often endur severe harassment, intimidation attempts and privacy invasions which the "church" actively encourages and often finances.)

Again, she did well by promoting scientology services through the WISE scientology front organization which offers L Ron Hubbard's great and wonderful insights to prosperous and easily duped marks in the business community along with sneaking in scientology services--for hundreds of thousands of $$$, of course. Realizing the exploitativeness, duplicity and vindictiveness of the organization, she fell into further personal doubts and conflicts with the "church." This experience culminated when Nancy, following a "church" regiment of medical quackery and intense, unyielding interrogation ("auditing") suffered a psychotic break. At this time she discovered that scientology ideology did not offer the means to repair her condition. To add insult to injury, the organization's only concern was damage control--for the "church." Nancy found herself alone, and blamed for having brought her condition on herself, as in scientology successes are invariably to the organization's credit and failures are the members' own doings.

Her memoirs conclude by describing her rejection of the "church" "technology" which had brought about her near demise (Lisa McPherson and Greg Bashaw are only two examples of scientologists who were not so fortunate). Nancy states clearly that she was only able to reclaim her mental health upon discontinuing her prescribed "church" regimen of supplement overdoses and auditing. She discusses her efforts at helping others who have been damaged in similar ways by the "church" along with her recovery from a mind-bending "religious" experience that she had endured for about three decades.

This brought her, among other things, to testifying in court about clandestine activities undertaken by the "church" intelligence organizations. She had extensive first-hand experiences in targeting individuals in efforts to destroy them as well as infiltrating government agencies to undermine their operations.

As of now, many accounts have been given of the anti-social threat that scientology poses not only to its members but to society at large. Many of these first-person memoirs discuss child labor, false imprisonment, egregious labor exploitation, human trafficking as well as the extreme greed and vindictiveness of an organization that likes to present itself as a "church." What makes Nancy's book compelling is her long-term insight into many diverse facets of scientology. These range from her direct contacts with the organization's quite mad and vindictive founder, L Ron Hubbard, through its intelligence organizations--the older, criminally convicted, as well as the newer, allegedly "reformed" one which has not changed its behavior but only made its methods more inscrutable. Another scientology project she partook in that is not found in most other accounts is the "Messianic project," a 1981 effort to give LRH a Messianic public image, i.e. present him as the new Buddha and Christ all rolled into one. Finally, from personal experience she adds to other accounts (such as Marc Headley's "Blown for God" or Jenna Miscavige's "Beyond Belief" and many others) an agonizing description of the personal mental toll, even death toll, that scientology practices may result in (and have tragically resulted in) for some loyal "church" adherents.
7 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Helped me to understand 2 octobre 2011
Par Alice Weimer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Nancy Many's personal story gave me insight as to how an intelligent and compassionate adult could be drawn into Scientology in the first place, and could be unable to easily escape in the second place. I could see it possibly happening to me. I'm still not sure exactly what Scientology is, but I know what it isn't. It is not a wonderful religion that will clear the planet of mental illness or emotional pain. I thank Nancy Many for being brave enough to share her story.
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