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.
"Sometimes the events that change us are momentous, but other times
they are so small and insidious we barely notice. Only upon
reflection can we see those small choices and moments that change
us irrevocably. This memoir is as beautifully written as it is
incredibly poignant. Inch by inch, the author loses a sense of
herself, and then, brick by lovely brick, builds her life back up
again. It is a story about triumph; a story about all women who
languish and ultimately relinquish their power; a story about love
and the perplexing, elusive power of seeking your spiritual
--Fauzia Burke, president of FSB Associates and author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors
"So honest and real . . . Linnell's ability to embrace her whole
self, imperfections and all, is a great teacher for all of us. THAT
is true self-love, a beautiful permission slip to embrace our own
--Meredith Rom, author of Just Be: A Search for Self-Love in India "In my thirty years as a world-renowned champion dancer and fitness coach, I've never run across a book that is so eye-opening on how vulnerable the human mind can be. I help millions of people learn how to move and what to eat to feel better physically; Renee Linnell reminds us that in order to be healthy and happy, we need to be just as careful with what goes into our minds. Everyone is looking for happiness and peacefulness; some find it drinking in a bar, some people dance, and some are singing in a church. Linnell reminds us that happiness is inside each of us and that we all are in this world with a different purpose and interests; live fully with your desires and embrace them fully!"
--Jaana Kunitz, champion ballroom dancer and cofounder of Figure 8 Fitness "Renee bravely shows up to share her journey of the human spirit with us. I found myself utterly spellbound by her story weaving us courageously through her experience with the ugly side of spiritual leaders gone bad. A must read for anybody who puts their heart in the hands of another for spiritual growth." --Madisyn Taylor, bestselling author of Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness "Buckle up. You're in for an exhilarating ride. This book is compulsively readable. Writing about joining a cool chic cult, and being a pole-dancing monk, this is a redemption story---not only for Renee Linnell but for all of us who are finally ready to love who we really are."
--Tama Kieves, USA Today featured visionary career catalyst and bestselling author of Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life's Work! and A Year Without Fear "Renee Linnell will burn you down to your soul with her true story of chill-to-the-bone heartache as she shares how she was brain-washed and sucked into a cult--for 8 long years. She'll take you through the trenches of despair, and show you step by step how to cultivate the courage, strength, and fortitude to meet any challenge. When you approach the final chapters of this gripping memoir, you'll find yourself realizing that if she can triumph and rise up victorious out of The Burn Zone, you too are capable of overcoming anything that interrupts your path to full-on-thriving! This book will touch the places in your heart that remind you who you really are!"
--Luann Robinson Hull, two-time award winning author of Happily Ever After...Right Now