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.
Who knows what goes on? I sure don't. But it was an interesting listen if you've ever wondered about Scientology. Of course, this is just one person's perspective.
Probably no. It was good - real good. But I don't need to hear about the disturbed, sad and abused people of the Church.
It was good. She sounded as if it was Jenna talking, easy to make a connection.
A big reaction. I did not know much about he church before the book. Since the book I have done quite about of surfing regarding Scientology and the members who have left and people who are into the religion..
It has served as a good teaching tool when talking with my children and explaining to them the dangers of some people and there ideas and how easy it is to become stuck.and controlled.
This is the second book I have read about Scientology recently, and hearing the perspective of someone who was inside for most of her young life is quite riveting. The fact that she is the niece of the leader of the church and had a lot of interaction with him makes the account even more interesting. Highly recommended!
I've never read the print version.
Obviously, the main character Jenna.
No i haven't.
Regardless of this book being about Scientology or anything else, it's very interesting and sad to see how different other peoples lives can be. Especially when they are children and their parents do not know about their childrens daily lives.
Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.
As with some of the insider descriptions of Scientology, this gives a perspective from a child's and young adult's view. It is quite revealing and, if the routines are still the same, reveals an organization which should be removed from tax relief granted 'religious' exemption and charged with child abuse (good luck with that). I continue to be amazed that people are still 'gulled' into paying many thousands of dollars to be misled and abused - the money going into into the coffers of what has the appearance of being more of a criminal investment and real estate scheme with the inducement of some kind of immortality.
The narration was a bit disappointing. It would have been much more interesting from a 'mature' voice with a less 'cheerful' tone. I can understand the decision to use a young voice in this but think it was the wrong one.
Having lived in Clearwater, Florida for many years, this book gives an insight into what is going on in Scientology.
I liked the detail in which the author went with the terminology that Scientologist's use as well as the detail of the structure of the organization.
Sandy made me feel like it was the author reading the book herself.
Every part of it was good and moving.
Thank you for this great book. I am glad that I picked this one for my first read into Scientology.
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?