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
yes. It gave some good insight as to what the Religion was about and why the movie stars get caught up in it. They are treated a lot different than the average person.
I liked the ending, because she does get out.
I didn't have any
Although the story dragged a little it was informative and it kept my interest.
Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.
What a completely engaging, heart-breaking, horrific and compelling insight into the Miscavige family. I think most people (by now) realize that Scientologists believes some pretty whack stuff, but – let’s be honest – most religions do. The completely shocking revelations come when Jenna describes the thought-control and power the leaders yield. This takes Scientology out of the “religion” category and smack-bang the very definition of “cult”.
The book quite rightly focuses only on Jenna’s direct experiences in the church. I found her very restrained in speculating on anything that she wasn’t directly involved in, or didn’t directly experience. This makes the book very much a personal story vs. a sweeping expose on the religion.
To be clear, this is no masterpiece. You can tell that this book was assembled by a non-professional writer. But who cares. Jenna has an unbelievable and essential story to tell, and this book does exactly that.
Scientology is so often a topic of celebrity gossip that I paused before buying this book wondering whether it would be voyeuristic. I'm pleased that I went ahead with my inclination to buy it. The story - initially at least - provides some insight as to why scientology is attractive to followers. As the story unfolds one comes to understand that there is quite a divide between 'public' scientologists and those in the administration. As the author describes it, the inner circle of scientology is marked by a culture of conduct which is far from the advertised philosophy. It is marked by behaviour of obedience, control, oppression and disruption of family relationships which is difficult for many to understand why people would accept it. The strength of the book is that it helps those of us who believe that we would always reject attempts to undermine the values that we hold dear to understand that the potential to get hooked is there. Although the story is a little loose in places, it is a worthwhile listen.
I could simply not stop listening. I finished this in 4 days, mostly to and from work. So unbelievable the way this organization is run to this day.
Jenna got out
No, but she did very well!
Absolutely I would
I'm hooked. I can't stop researching this cult
I loved the truthfulness of the story, the sadness of it and the eye opening glance into a world of dangerous religion.
For me, the thing that I will remember most about this is the brainwashed way the "auditors" operate, and even tho Jenna has spoken the truth, they will not let her be until she gives them the lie they want to hear.
Unfortunately, I haven't.
I always listen to my books whilst on the go, as I do not have time to listen to it otherwise.
The truth behind Scientology finally revealed.
When she finally decided to leave the "church".
Many memorable moments that were shocking in the way that people, especially children were treated and the way they had no regard for families.
I couldn't imagine being subjected to the brutal hours of ridiculous questioning that people had to endure.
Interesting how people can become so brainwashed in this and other cults and how one crazy person can influence so many people.
I didn't read the print version
Under the banner of heaven; these so called religions from the outsiders perspective are cults and those of us taught about spirituality and not organized religions clearly see that but I can see some similarity with the way the LDS religion thinks and believes and that is why I correlate the two, however, from my relationship with some Mormons I think it is more the Polygamist that gives the faith a bad name and at the end of the day THEY at least believe in God. Scientology makes no mention of God, Jesus, Heavenly Father... nothing just L. Ron Hubbard
How she told the story
No, listen to it at work so it took a few days but I was anxious each morning to get to my desk and start listening as time permitted.
I just want to say how courageous Jenna Hill and her family were to learn to think for themselves and get away when they did. I only hope through all the information available that people will help shut down this business and prevent them from taking peoples hard earned money and enslaving them...
If even part of this story is true, it is just as stunning as it's title. I don't have any reason to doubt the writer, and had I not heard other tales about scientology, I would be doubtful. Even if the writer amplified some of her experiences at a very young age, what is alleged here is nothing short of shocking. If this organization is still tax exempt, it is an offense to us all.
The story was enthralling and fascinating. It's amazing this is a story of someone's reality.
The whole story was moving. The separation between child and parents was particularly moving and disturbing.
This is another heartbreaking cult saga. Jenna Miscavige Hill writes a moving narrative from the point of a 3rd generation Scientologist and confirms our fears about what this 'non-profit' organization is really about. With so many famous believers and contributors, it has been easy to be skeptical of my own doubts of the so-called religion based on Ron L. Hubbard's writings. Now my skeptism more clearly lies on the intelligence of those high-powered followers who publicize this cult with their association further empowering the leadership of this organization and the hold they have on those in the lower ranks to provide a lifestyle so clearly monetary and self indulgent in its purpose. With so many accounts of Scientology coming to light, can the Tom Cruises, John Travoltas, Lisa Marie Presleys and other high-powered names associated within its ranks continue to look the other way as young children are being seperated from their families, married couples being seperated and sent to live on seperate continents all the while being brain-washed that there is some overall world good they are achieving in so doing? This account is well written and narrated, easy and compelling to listen to. It's one of those books I'd find myself sitting in the driveway listening to after arriving at my destination. My heart goes out to Ms. Hill and the courage and strength she had to rise above the strict indoctrination she had received from the young age of 6 (which is where the story begins) and probably even before that age. I strongly recommend that you read/hear this book and share it with others.
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