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 story has moved me with more compassion to understand that this sort of life is possible, I could not put down the book , I felt I was been bullied myself, absolute outrage, trying very hard to understand how or why anyone would put up with this, what a process to enlightenment. Every aspect of this performance and story line was told to make you feel it is fact and not a dirty tell all.
I didn't know very much about Scientology, other than it was a cult. This was an enlightening story about the horrible inner workings of the "religion". I often find it hard to believe people can be duped by others so fully, then I remember Hitler and the Holocaust or the NLRA and how many people just thrive on power and making others miserable.
the story was well written and very enlightening. this should be required reading in all high schools.
L. Ron Hubbard must be laughing in his grave at all the stupid people who have fallen for his delusions.
It was okay, I feel like the tone of the story was somewhat lost due to the fact that the narrator sounds like a very young girl, I didn't think she for story but she did well. Overall very interesting and educational just not the best writing and hard to follow how old she is at certain points earlier in the story.
I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.
I have read other good books about Scientology. This one is at the top of the list. This book well grip you emotionally while at the same time informing you about Scientology from somebody who grew up in it from the time she was a little girl. You will not want to put the book down and the narrator was excellent.
Very interesting. I've often wondered what Scientology was really about and now I know. I hope she finds the one true God and can live the rest of her life in peace. Written very well. Very brave woman.
Thanks Jenna for giving us a real picture on this cult ! Wow I've always been curious about what goes on in that creepy place! Glad she got out!
I love Audible because of the peace of mind it brings me. It is the only way I can finish a book before it is shredded by the Basenjis.
I would if I have a friend who was considering joining the Church of Scientology! ~ Otherwise, probably not.
I have read several books / memoir / Bio's etc. on persons who were members of the "church" of Scientology (in addition to other books were Americans were captivated by the surface philosophies of a charismatic Leader - i.e. Jim Jones) and I am always blown away by the courage it takes for individuals to leave that which has become comfortable.
Nevertheless, as incredible as Ms. Miscavige Hill's experiences were as a member of the Sea Org., I felt there was important elements missing from the book.
This is not to put blame on the Author, - after all, she spent her entire life learning how NOT to express herself.
So although her story in interesting, it is missing that something that helps readers identify with what it must have been like.
"Enjoyable insight into the closest ranks"
There's a lot of info to take in initially but it was a fascinating story
Get to see behind the curtain of the highest ranks and family of the leadership of the 'church' and how twisted and manipulative it is.
Impossible to listen to in 1 go ... too much to take in ... but i found it easy to pickup and put down again
An engaging insight as to how someone, born into a belief system, struggled with what was dissonant between the faith and the realities she observed.
I enjoyed the book at first, fascinating subject but I found it a bit too long.
Jenna had a horrible childhood and
so do many other children of scientology shockingly so.
There was a lot of repetition about sessions ect.. had to skip a few of the last chapters because they were the same things over and over!
The narration was superb though and it got me through the ironing nicely.
"The most riveting book I've listened to in ages!"
An absolutely riveting book, and mind boggled that this actually happened to someone. The idea that no one stepped in to help is as shocking as what the "church" actually did.
"Incredible insight into life as a young scientolog"
No. I never listen to books a second time.
None and feel no need to explain myself
Ridiculous question - did you listen to the book ?
Yes, as I was saying this book provides an excellent insight into the life of a young child growing up in the Church of Scientology. I was with the author all the way as the story is told in the first person right up to the last couple of chapters when her own credibility in her own words began to wane. Things like "I had to tell him the truth otherwise I would be deceiving him". This was given as the rationale for lying to someone else in the next breath. It all added up to the tagline "...and my harrowing escape.." being a large stretch when in actuality it would appear she stayed of her own volition (by her own words) because she was comfortable, everything was provided for her and the world out there was scary (even if her own parents were out there waiting for her). Several statements after that did not add up to a cohesive picture. "Had to sign a statement saying I would not publish" despite being out of the church with no apparent pressure on her, then published. Clearly she did not have to sign that statement as she stated at the time she had no intention of abiding by it. A few things like that went to the core of the author's credibility. Despite these this is a fascinating and interesting insight into the appalling practices of the so-called Church, the wrath that they visit on their own people, the sheer fairy stories they tell, the intimidation and car following and overall an excellent listen from Audible.
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