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
This true account of life inside scientology is fascinating to listen to, and hard at times to listen to. As an ex-scientologist myself, (I purposely don't capitalize the word), I know it is hard to believe, but I know it's true. It's so in depth and personal, and I'm so glad Jenna had the courage to follow what was true for her, and that she got out!
What I liked about the story was how true it is, and that people who read it will know the truth about this group that calls itself a "church".
The narrator was good, although I always prefer it when the author reads the book. She did a good job though.
It's horrifying to know what Jenna went through, and that, as a child, she had such a horrible life inside this organization. I loved the part when she finally left.
Good for you Jenna, for writing your story and sharing it! Thank you for speaking up.
I would recommend this book, especially if you are interested in learning more details about Scientology
It was educational
She kept my attention throughout the book.
While it kept my attention, I wouldn't call it a "can't put down" type of book.
This book gave me a very good insight and better understanding of Scientology. The author goes to great lengths to explain the inner workings of Scientology. At first I thought it was too much detail, but realized the detail was critical later in the book to comprehend the depth of structure within the organization.
The story is interesting, and I think, an important one - uncovering the truth behind Scientology.
Yes, it would work as a movie, or a TV series.
The story kept me intrigued, however; the author's use of transition words is overdone to the point of annoying. A reader can skim over these terms, but a listener cannot.
Interesting subject, but the writing is awful, probably because she didn't receive much of an education growing up within Scientology. Really could have benefitted from some editing.
Great performance. She captured the feeling of the book well.
I would have like to learn more about what happened after she left the church and what it took to adjust and the church's reaction. The book kinda just ends.
She spent way too much time on the monotony of her day and ends up reading like a daily diary.
Despite the differences between the church of Scientology and the church I grew up in and left earlier this year there are startling similarities. It was a carthartic read and helped me not feel so alone. It helped me see that despite the focus of the cult (even if it portrays itself as Christian) it is still in fact a cult and therefore dangerous. It has given me hope and excitement to continue speaking out, not necessarily to help others get out as that is something they have to see themselves before being able to make the needed steps but more so to help others avoid this organization altogether. Big thanks to the author for having the courage to escape and then speak out
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