Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, 2014
Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member 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 this tell-all memoir, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a prominent critic of Scientology who now helps others leave the organization, 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.
©2013 Jenna Miscavige Hill (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
While not as disturbing as one would guess, I think her story is an honest look at an often misunderstood subject. No aliens or other crazy stuff. Just a harsh reality for any child to go through. The voice actor was also great!
I found the story dragged with details that werent consistent. Felt like the author was manipulating the listener to see one side of story. I am NOT a sympathizer to that 'religion/cult'. But the several years as a youngster seem to be written with youngster emotion. Whiny at times. Too much about early years, would like to have read more about older years.
This story gets better as it goes along. As the years pass raised in the church Jenna tells tales of mind control that are absolutely shocking. I was eager to get to the next chapter to know what happened next. I found myself in tears several times. I myself was raised in a religious cult. I like Jenna was taught to conform. Having my own thoughts and expressing them was also considered an eternal "crime". Hearing her stories made me very emotional and reflective. I cant imagine how cruel life is for those who were raised inside and have blown. Losing everyone & everything they have ever known. I hope one day David Miscavige will pay for the real crimes he has committed and the countless lives he has destroyed. Jenna tells her tradgic story and it has an inspiring ending. I wish her the best.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
It's like watching a train wreck in slow mo. Appalling, galling, truly unbelievable how once some human beings get a little power how they choose to exert it over another human. Or how some people will report on others for their own benefit. It's like some huge mind control experiment is going on - figuring out ways to control a large group of people. I had a hard time shutting off this audio book when I had to do something else.
Surely there are Laws against child labor, against slavery, against keeping a person in a place against their will . . . why are these laws not enforced?
I am not certain if there are laws against brainwashing people into giving their consent to be treated like this once they are adults. But, there must be laws to make sure everyone gets at least a standard education so they can make better decisions. At the very least people should know they can't be treated like this. There is so much abuse and damage to egos that I am reminded of women who can't leave an abusive relationship . . . they no longer feel capable of independence.
The book is written in a very easy to follow fashion - with one amazing and head-shaking event following after another. The author's childhood was stolen . . . how she managed to figure out what was going on and get out to tell this tale is miraculous.
The writing and narration are professional and smooth and this book is an excellent read. I finished it a few days ago and am still mulling over this . . . there is seriously something wrong with our modern society if this is being allowed to continue. Isn't this a version of human trafficking? At the very least it's just another example of how power corrupts.
This is the incredible true story of Jenna, the niece of David Miscavige (the dictator of Scientology). It is a straight forward, no-nonsense, blow by blow account of her growing up years in a horrible, abusive, mind-control-cult. A MUST READ! I listened to the audio version which was excellent!
This isn't a book I loved. Most like an accident that you have to look even though you don't want to see it.
Jenna, I guess. Hard to have favorites.
She made everything real. I think if I had read the book my mind might wonder but that didn't happen while listening to it.
I was mostly incredulous that this goes so deep into the lives of it's practitioners.
Jenna Miscavige Hill gives us an in-depth look into the inner workings of Scientology that goes a step beyond anything else I have read. Not that I am well versed on the subject. I also read Leah Remini's book, which was very revealing, but I read this book first, so everything that Leah revealed, I already was aware of... and more! If you want to know about Scientology, both good and bad, give this a read. I loved it and applaud her.
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