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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape | [Jenna Miscavige Hill]

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Anthony Seabrook, Australia 03-11-13
    Anthony Seabrook, Australia 03-11-13
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    "Those Nutty Scientologists"
    If you could sum up Beyond Belief in three words, what would they be?

    Harrowing. Fascinating. Trying.


    What about Sandy Rustin’s performance did you like?

    Well, spoken, read with interest and understanding of the subject matter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.)


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 03-10-13
    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2007

    52 year old electrical engineer with a thirst for knowledge but who is nevertheless easily distracted by a great vicarious escape.

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    "An important book"

    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.

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    Mia Memel Sherman Oaks, CA, US 03-06-13
    Mia Memel Sherman Oaks, CA, US 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing book!"
    Where does Beyond Belief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Sandy Rustin – was your favorite?

    Jenna


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    My harrowing live in scientology and my courageous escape


    Any additional comments?

    I wish her all the best for the rest of her life and hope that she finds the happiness that she deserves.

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    Lisa HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 03-06-13
    Lisa HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Pretty good"
    What did you love best about Beyond Belief?

    The story was very interesting and I think it imparted a lot of information about the day-do-day life of those who are wrapped up in this thing. However, I agree with other reviewers in that we never really get the basic premise of the religion explained....so there are some questions. This was still an interesting listen.


    Have you listened to any of Sandy Rustin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. but she had a slight lisp which was kind of distracting.


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    Dallas LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-05-13
    Dallas LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Personal Journey of Breaking Free & Discovery"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    The author really personalizes her journey. I can feel the sadness, but never wavering promise of hope in her words. It's not a book that will help you understand Scientology as much as others like "Going Clear" will. However it will make the walls (both physical & mental) that surround the mysterious religion seem so overbearing and intimidating that by the end of the book you are literally cheering her on as she breaks free.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Belief?

    I see this book as more of a love story than anything else. I don't want to spoil it.


    What about Sandy Rustin’s performance did you like?

    Sandy's read is filled with such passion, I originally thought the book was read by the author.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jenna's ultimate escape is truly captivating. You will literally not be able to stop listening during the last third of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's so lame to say this... but this would make a great movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    telanca Suisun CA 03-05-13
    telanca Suisun CA 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Window into a different world"
    Where does Beyond Belief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth about her experience is an odd story.


    Have you listened to any of Sandy Rustin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she realized she had outgrown Scientology.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Biography !

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Solitude1984 Canada 02-21-13
    Solitude1984 Canada 02-21-13 Member Since 2008

    Dreamer

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    "Excellent!!"

    An eye-opening and amazing book. Jenna is obviously a very intelligent woman, and a great writer. I'm glad she was able to escape Scientology with enough time to live and appreciate the one life we all have.

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 02-20-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 02-20-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Very interesting"

    An interesting story. A sad life no doubt. Scientology really is a creepy organisation. No surprises here though.

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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-16-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My Favorite Book in YEARS!"
    Would you listen to Beyond Belief again? Why?

    I don't re-read or re-listen to books, but if I had to...it would be this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Belief?

    Not a moment, but overall the story is written so fluidly and believable.


    Which character – as performed by Sandy Rustin – was your favorite?

    Jenna - I like her spunk.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved to anger many times just learning how people are treated.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written and narrated.

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    L. T. Denby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 02-16-13
    L. T. Denby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 02-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A heart breaking story"
    Would you listen to Beyond Belief again? Why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Belief?

    The picture of children, in California carrying rail road sidings and breaking rocks and adults watching on, telling them to run not walk--- an upsidown world.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sadness, shock, anger-- why has it taken so long for someone to do something about this? Jenna you are a heroine.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the Government agencies in the USA have to read this as compusary text. A real problem , happening today that they can solve. Shut them down now before they have another Jonestown on their hands. Also-- this would make a great movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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