The Burn Zone: A Memoir by Renee Linnell
Published October 9th, 2018 by She Writes Press
Genres Nonfiction, Memoir
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.
This was an interesting and quick read about the author’s journey to find God and the years she spent following a guru in a cult. I’ve always had a sort of fascination with cults and other similar religious groups. I’m not really sure why, but I find stories about them and stories from followers who have left to be extremely interesting.
I found the author, Renee Linnell’s story very interesting, from her time as a child to that first seminar she attended with a friend. Every time I read stories like these, one always wonders how someone seemingly “normal” ends up in a cult and the author does a great job not only telling her story, but making the situation understandable to readers.
Thank you to the publisher, She Writes Press, for sending me an ARC of this book.