Troublemaker by Leah Remini
Review by Mirah Welday (mwelday)
Several months ago Leah Remini made the rounds on the talk show circuit to promote her book Troublemaker. I was intrigued by her story of leaving her church after so many years and decided to read the book.
Remini is open and forthright in this telling of her life and, sometimes sordid, history with Scientology. Knowing nothing other than some vocal celebrities practice Scientology and that it is based on L. Ron Hubbard’s writings, I was interested in learning more.
Remini doesn’t point the finger at Scientology and blame it for all of her troubles. She openly admits she sometimes made the wrong choices and she could have done things differently. Remini also acknowledges that Scientology and many of its practices helped shape her into being a better person; trying her best to help others and be a good member of her church. However, eventually Remini realized there was something missing from her faith and she was disturbed by some of her interactions with others in the church.
Delivered with humor, wit, and honesty, I really enjoyed Remini’s book. It was eye-opening and I found it so intriguing to be able to learn more about the inner workings and practices of Scientology and how she came to be a part of the organization. For the reader who wants the scoop on celebrity inside information, there is some of that to whet their appetite but, fortunately for the rest of us, that is not the primary focus in the book.