Renee Linnell | The Burn Zone
By the age of 15, Renee Linnell had lost almost everyone she loved; seeking answers, she set out on a quest for spiritual enlightenment and understanding—only to find herself entrenched in a Buddhist cult. Thus begins her memoir, "The Burn Zone." The author will be signing copies of her book at A Cappella on Saturday, April 27.
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 50 countries alone before she turned 35. 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.
Renee Linnell is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded 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.