The Burn Zone: A Memoir

The Burn Zone: A Memoir

by Renee Linnell


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631524875
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 244,103
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Renee Linnell is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or cofounded five companies and has an MBA from New York University; before that she was a model and professional dancer. Currently she is working on starting a publishing company to give people from diverse walks of life an opportunity to tell their stories. Linnell divides her time between Colorado and Southern California.

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The Burn Zone: A Memoir 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating and raw memoir of a woman, Renee Linnell, being drawn into a cult. She offers an enthralling portrait of the seven years she spent being brainwashed by a cult. She can't believe that it would happen to her. A well travelled, well-educated woman. Cults have always been a fascination to me, which is what lead me to this book. I wonder myself that if I were in Renee's situation would I ever realize I'm in a cult as she had? I would I be able to get away as she has? Renee's story just goes to show you that it can happen to absolutely anyone. It was a captivating memoir that was at times scary but thankfully it ends up good for her in the end. The book itself is very well written and paced nicely. The only downside I can think of for the book was the way it jumped around in the timeline. It would go to various points in Renee's life and at some points, it wasn't exactly clear at what point of her life she's referring to. Overall, it's a beautiful memoir and I highly recommend it. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
litpixie More than 1 year ago
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.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
This is a touching memoir from Renee Linnell. Renee seemed to have everything that we consider to be successful. But after the death of her parents and god mother she felt lost and alone. She went on a quest for answers to life’s questions and didn’t really find them until one day she took a meditation class and felt at peace. What follows is Renee becoming part of a cult for several years. I will be the first to admit that when I read about cult members I want to know what would make them follow someone that seems so clearly wacko. But there is so much more to cults and this book really makes you think about them. Renee is at her lowest and wanting love and acceptance and she finds it. What is heartbreaking is watching her as she progresses in the cult what you just want to grab her and shake her to wake her up. This is a wonderful story of lose and recovery. I was so happy that Renee could heal from everything she went through and share her story for others to enjoy and grow too. At times it is hard to read but in the end is was a fantastic journey. This is definitely one book you need to read. It is going on my keep shelf. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.