Burn Zone, The

Renee Linnell
After seven years of faithfully following her spiritual teacher, Renee Linnell finally realized she was in a cult and had been severely brainwashed. But how did that happen to someone like her? She had graduated magna cum laude with a double degree. She had traveled to nearly fifty countries alone before she turned thirty-five. She was a surf model and a professional Argentine tango dancer. She had started five different companies and had an MBA from NYU. How could someone like her end up brainwashed and in a cult? The Burn Zone is an exploration of how we give up our power―how what started out as a need to heal from the loss of her parents and to understand the big questions in life could leave a young woman fighting for her sanity and her sense of self. In the years following her departure from the cult, Linnell struggled to reclaim herself, to stand in her truth, and to rebuild her life. And eventually, after battling depression and isolation, she found a way to come out the other side stronger than ever. Part inspirational story, part cautionary tale, this is a memoir for spiritual seekers and those who feel lost in a world that makes them feel less than perfect.


Reviewed: 2018-11-05


I was sent this book by the publisher for a review.

If you've ever watched a program on cults and wondered how someone could get caught in one this book is a great place to start. Linnell joined a cult when she was in her 30s and reading her story gives the reader an understanding. 

Linnell also discusses her depression. It is one of the truest descriptions I've read and if you're curious about what a loved one is going through her passages are worth reading just to help understand a loved one's pain.
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