Jenna Miscavige has given us a deceptively simple glimpse into the terrifying interior world of Scientology. Her child's-eye viewpoint is in some ways more disturbing than the bizarre big-picture investigations we've gotten from such recent writers as Lawrence Wright and Janet Reitman.
This book showed how the instinctive human desire for love and fulfillment can eventually overcome and triumph over the most pernicious and psychotic brainwashing ever conceived by sociopathic morons.
The level of detail that Jenna remembered about her experiences. It made it all the more vivid and painful.
After listening to the painful chapters of systematic child abuse and exploitation at the hands of demented cult bullies it was so cathartic to hear Jenna in a perfect gesture of supreme definance take the phoney e-meter soup cans from her voyeuristic auditor and crush them under her foot.
When she was willing to sacrifice her life by jumping out the window unless the cult bullies produced her boyfriend, Dallas, whom they had imprisoned to brainwash and turn against her.
Listen to the dispassionate but no less shocking account of Scientology, Going Clear, by Lawrence Wright in addition to this book. This helps clarify some of the background shennanigans that were going on with David Miscaivage during and after LRH and the other cast of looneys that make up this sci-fi horror story. As Jenna points out you can't tell someone they are in a cult. They have to grasp it on their own.
Scientology has always been such a secretive church so it was difficult to learn much. It was great to hear the story from the perspective of someone who grew up in it and then grew out of it. It's really tragic that these types of human rights issues can occur in the U.S. and nobody does anything about it.
The story was nearly hard to believe as the truth inside the organisation is so shocking. The story is told with generous detail , but not in a manner that is trying to illicit pity. The author is mighty in her strength and continual resilience.
Any suggestion that this organisation is a "church" is far from the truth. There is only one word ... Cult. How do seemingly intelligent successful people get caught up in these things?
Harrowing. Fascinating. Trying.
Well, spoken, read with interest and understanding of the subject matter.
Nope, too long. It did hold my attention for the duration though. I am personally very interested in the subject matter (cults, weird religions, brain-washing etc.)
Worth checking out by anyone who is curious about the "non-glamorous" (i.e. no celebrities involved) side of Scientology, the author gives a detailed first person account of being born into the ludicrous 'religion' of Scientology - basically a new-age cult formed by a science fiction writer - and becoming one of it's foot soldiers.... the oppressive, fascistic 'Sea Org' - a militaresque order of the most dogmatic members of the religion. The levels of psychological torture, brain-washing and child abuse boggle the mind. No wonder this cult is so secretive, defensive....and litigious!
51 year old electrical engineer who's always got going, one book to inspire, another to learn and one just to escape - ok 2 just to escape
This is beautifully written and beautifully told which is fortuitous because everyone should read it. It's not just about Scientology but about how the vast majority of young minds are filled with nonsense and then closed. The methods employed by Scientology are less subtle than other religions, perhaps this is due to it's relative youth. Still, the parallels to all religions are unmistable although they'll predicably not be seen by those still in a state of self delusion.
Very informative. Everyone should read this book! We, as humans, tend to not question when something is labeled as a "religion". In reality we need to remember to ALWAYS question when something just doesn't feel right.
I can't possibly find the words to express how important I feel this book is for people to read. Not only is it a mind blowing expose of a very secretive, cult-like and powerful "church"...but it is a gripping personal story that kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. Just when I thought I'd heard everything, the author's story would get even more unbelievable. Jenna is to be commended for the strength and courage she has shown in writing this book. I am recommending it to all of my friends.
Jenna Miscavige Hill did a brilliant job of walking the uninitiated reader through the frightening and suppressive world of the Church of Scientology. Her detailed accounts and emotional memories brought the story vividly to life.
One of the best I've read.
It's a riveting account of an amazing woman who had the strength to still believe in herself and to go for what seems right.
My harrowing live in scientology and my courageous escape
I wish her all the best for the rest of her life and hope that she finds the happiness that she deserves.