CLEARWATER, Fla., May 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Monday the 15th of May, 40 people gathered in the Scientology Information Center, downtown Clearwater for a presentation from a former gangster, Errol.  The manager of the Center, Amber Skjelset said, “We were all riveted to Errol’s story of shootings, robbery and prostitution, where the drug dealer is looked up to and prison or the grave the final destination for most.”   Errol told the audience that at 23 and his third time in prison with a 15 year sentence yawning before him, he saw his future in the face of an old convict, riddled with debauchery, crime and regret.  Errol said, “I don’t want to be like that.”

Errol relayed how the next chapters of his life read differently.  Early release for good behavior, a change of environment and friends, Errol told of his redemption in Clearwater and a little book a kind woman gave to him - The Way to Happiness.   

L. Ron Hubbard wrote the non-religious, non-political guide to better living, The Way to Happiness in the 1970’s after visiting New York City and seeing what had become of that vibrant city.  “Your survival is important to me,” reads the opening page of the book and from there 21 precepts point the way.  Precepts such as:  “Don’t do anything Illegal”; “Do not Steal”; “Be Worthy of Trust” are elucidated in the book.

A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Corrections Florida prisons shows that 27.6 percent of inmates return to prison within three years of release. 

But as Errol told his audience, he was able to break free from prison’s  revolving doors, “Now I have a new life and a new family that looks out for me. I feel that it is only going to get better.  In my pursuit of happiness, it often escaped me.  I finally found the key and now I want to share it with you.”

For more information, please contact The Way to Happiness Association of Tampa Bay (727) 467-6961. 

The Way to Happiness

The Way to Happiness was written by L. Ron Hubbard and is available in 112 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals. It held the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society. 

About the Scientology Religious Philosophy

The Scientology religious philosophy was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was then formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, in 167 nations. Scientologists are optimistic about life and believe there is hope for a saner world and better civilization, and actively do all they can to help achieve this.

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