Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

Large Print - 2013
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Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised away from her parents at the Ranch, a San Jacinto, California, boarding school for children of Scientology executives. In Beyond Belief, Jenna shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member of Sea Org, the church's highest ministry, speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape in 2005. In this tell-all memoir, complete with family photographs from her time in the Church, Jenna now helps others leave the organization and offers an insider's profile of the beliefs, rituals, and secrets of the religion that has captured the fascination of millions, including some of Hollywood's brightest stars, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781611738070
Characteristics: 576 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Pulitzer, Lisa


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Apr 03, 2017

This book was ok. Didn't' love it. I preferred Leah Remini's book on Scientology much better.

Cynthia_N Feb 27, 2017

Such a good book! I am amazed at some of the things the author had to go through before she was finally able to leave the church.

Jun 02, 2016

Eerie and compelling. Jenna Miscavige Hill's lineage is elite - David Miscavige, current leader of Scientology, is her uncle. That makes this story even more bizarre - someone from that family leaving the church, and other relatives of David's also leaving, exposes Scientology for what it really is - blatant brainwashing. The writing is rather wooden, but the story told is fascinating.

Apr 22, 2016

You'd think a book written by the tiny overlord's niece would be more revealing and reflective of the inner workings of scientology and its impact on human beings. But maybe Jenna's ghost writer just didn't have the words or the scope to tell a more interesting story than this. I didn't learn anything new about scientology here, but it might be a good place to start for those just learning about this insane organization. It's definitely easier than reading any drivel L. Ron ever wrote.

Happy reading.

Dec 28, 2015

Grrrreat! Another // tell-all \\ book on the church of scientology - - only in thoroughly dumbed down America! Next up, a tell-all book on Felix the Cat? Mickey Mouse?

Jun 17, 2015

If even half of what Hill writes about her uncle David Miscavige is true, then it is shocking a grand jury hasn't been convened to investigate whether charges should be laid. This woman doesn't have an agenda. Hers isn't just an ordinary plea for help. It is well worth reading.

Apr 13, 2015

After reading a couple of disengaged, scholarly views it was interesting to hear from an insider what it was like growing up in this cult. I can't imagine ever going to therapy to resolve any of the issues because their whole life was therapy as they had to "grab the cans" for hours every day at the least. I'm a little addicted to reading about this madman LRH and his cult following. Just one more book about it though, and I swear then I'm done. I'll never read another Scientology book again. I swear baby. Just one more.

Apr 06, 2015

This book was an excellent expose on the Church of Scientology - even more revealing than the documentary, "Going Clear, The Church of Scientololgy and the Prison of Belief". It is easy to read and not too long. Its a shame that neither the book nor the author wasn't mentioned at all in the film.

Nov 30, 2013

I found this fascinating, and puzzling as well. For example, the total emphasis for kids that they understand every word and its implications, as the basic foundation of education, tested by a crude lie-detector. It just didn't make sense. It was rather like someone's off-the-cuff idea that became law. And of course there is much, much more. Human beings are fascinating in how we can connect ourselves to strange beliefs and then make them real. It would be funny if it didn't affect people's lives so profoundily

kimberwitch Oct 27, 2013

This is a well written, directly stated, factually detailed account of the inside workings of Scientology from a witness who is closely related to the top.

A very sad commentary about life as a Scientologist, growing up on the inside of the cult, without ever having seen the outside.

A must read for anyone interested in mind control, cults and fear of the unknown.

Personally, I found it difficult to relate to anyone giving up everything, including the guardianship of their own children to devote themselves to anything else, let alone a "religion". Jenna's tale is harrowing and, at the end of the book, I felt extremely disturbed to realize that Scientology is allowed to operate under a religious and legitimate umbrella.

A fantastic read.

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