A new book by former church leaders has a lot of new stories in it about a church that started out small and went mainstream before eventually getting shut down.
The Journey Church was founded by former Church of Scientology members in 2004 and is now part of the Church of Spiritual Technology.
The book includes a look at the rise of Scientology in the 1980s, the Church’s history of lawsuits against the church, and the rise and fall of its controversial Celebrity Centre, which was shut down in 2014.
“The church’s early years were a time of great promise and optimism, and that is what we tell the stories in The Journey Church, which is part memoir, part history and part biography,” co-author Chris Ware said in a statement.
“We want to tell the story of what happened and why it happened.
It’s important to keep the story moving and never get too caught up in the past, and we are committed to doing that.”
The book’s first section tells the story behind the Church, starting with its founding in 1974 and the organization’s rise through the 1980-90s.
According to The Journey Book, the original mission of the church was to “educate people about Scientology.”
In 1977, a group of former Scientologists and Scientologists from around the world founded the Church to help them understand the Church better, the book says.
By 1979, the church had over 8,000 members in over 70 countries.
By 1990, the number of people in the church numbered nearly 60,000, the group said in its mission statement.