Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

eBook - 2013
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Jenna Miscavige Hill was raised to obey. As the niece of the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this highly controversial and powerful organization. But at twenty-one, Jenna made a daring break, risking everything she had ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all. Now she speaks out about her life, the Church, and her dramatic escape, going deep inside a religion that, for decades, has been the subject of fierce debate and speculation worldwide.

Piercing the veil of secrecy that has long shrouded the world of Scientology, this insider reveals unprecedented firsthand knowledge of the religion, its obscure rituals, and its mysterious leader--David Miscavige. From her prolonged separation from her parents as a small child to being indoctrinated to serve the greater good of the Church, from her lack of personal freedoms to the organization's emphasis on celebrity recruitment, Jenna goes behind the scenes of Scientology's oppressive and alienating culture, detailing an environment rooted in control in which the most devoted followers often face the harshest punishments when they fall out of line. Addressing some of the Church's most notorious practices in startling detail, she also describes a childhood of isolation and neglect --a childhood that, painful as it was, prepared her for a tough life in the Church's most devoted order, the Sea Org.

Despite this hardship, it is only when her family approaches dissolution and her world begins to unravel that she is finally able to see the patterns of stifling conformity and psychological control that have ruled her life. Faced with a heartbreaking choice, she mounts a courageous escape, but not before being put through the ultimate test of family, faith, and love. At once captivating and disturbing, Beyond Belief is an eye-opening exploration of the limits of religion and the lengths to which one woman went to break free.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2013
ISBN: 9780062248497
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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g_love
Sep 10, 2018

While "Beyond Belief" was a quick enjoyable read, it was written in a simplistic repetitive style reminiscent of a school essay.

The allegations against Scientology are serious - child abuse, forced labor camps, psychological torture, financial abuse, refusing medical care and what basically amounts to kidnapping.

However, the author's writing style lacks real passion until the last 10 or so pages of the book. It difficult to know how to respond; it seems like the human rights violations haven't been stopped but there also really isn't a call to arms.

If you are interested in the nitty-gritty day to day details of the inner working of Scientology, this book is for you.

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RustyReader9
Nov 30, 2017

I had never heard about Scientology before, until I read this book. I was in complete shock and disbelief that this is what someone had actually lived.

I enjoyed the way her story was told and the honesty that she shared in her book. I did find the book a little repetitive, therefor I would often skip a few pages in the book.

Regardless I would still highly recommend this book!!

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dewwell
Sep 27, 2017

The story really is almost beyond belief. Makes me so incredibly grateful that I never fell prey to scientology and it's minions. L. Ron Hubbard was someone I despise. And those who took over his work--same thing.

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brooklynheart5
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.

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pattyloucor67
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.

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abcDena
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.

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StarGladiator
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?

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rpavlacic
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.

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PearlyBaker
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.

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