An Insider Perspective on Scientology

Book review: Beyond Belief, by Jenna Miscavige Hill (Amazon / Book Depository) As Scientologists, we believed that when our current body died, the spirit inside it would begin a new life in a new body. Our founder, L. Ron Hubbard, said that, as spirits, we had lived millions of years already, and we would continue... Continue Reading →

A Former Evangelical on American Christianity, the Midwest, and Mike Pence

Book review: Interior States, by Meghan O'Gieblyn (Amazon / Book Depository) ... It’s difficult to avoid sensing something perverse in the fact that I have returned so obsessively to the religion I spent my early adulthood trying to escape. And while I have written so much about the Midwest, the truth is that I’ve often... Continue Reading →

Strange Tale of a Maybe-Messiah

Book review: The Vanishing Messiah (Amazon / Book Depository) Fair warning: I love any book about religious kooks/kookiness. If you do too, you will also enjoy this. Completely fascinating, meticulously researched, and well-written narrative nonfiction about a divine(ly crazy) figure from American history whose legacy seems to have vanished, just as he himself so often... Continue Reading →

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