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
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!
52 year old electrical engineer with a thirst for knowledge but who is nevertheless easily distracted by a great vicarious 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.
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.
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.
No. but she had a slight lisp which was kind of distracting.
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.
I see this book as more of a love story than anything else. I don't want to spoil it.
Sandy's read is filled with such passion, I originally thought the book was read by the author.
Jenna's ultimate escape is truly captivating. You will literally not be able to stop listening during the last third of the book.
It's so lame to say this... but this would make a great movie.
The truth about her experience is an odd story.
When she realized she had outgrown Scientology.
Great Biography !
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.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
An interesting story. A sad life no doubt. Scientology really is a creepy organisation. No surprises here though.
I don't re-read or re-listen to books, but if I had to...it would be this one.
Not a moment, but overall the story is written so fluidly and believable.
Jenna - I like her spunk.
I was moved to anger many times just learning how people are treated.
Beautifully written and narrated.
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.
Sadness, shock, anger-- why has it taken so long for someone to do something about this? Jenna you are a heroine.
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.
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