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
I almost didn't buy this book because I saw a few bad reviews. They must have been Scientologists because this book will grab & keep your attention. I have read every book on Scientology there is & listened to hundreds of hours of lectures & interviews as well as watched every documentary. For sheer enjoyment & information I highly recommend Leah Remini's book & this one. I recommend these 2 books over & all information. You will get the broadest amount of knowledge & be spellbound by both.
She was fantastic as the reader. I know it wasn't Jenna but she read it like she was Jenna complete with emotion. Great job Ms. Rustin!
My escape from hell.
You won't be sorry you purchased this book no matter how little or how much you know about $cietntology. If you don't know who Jenna is she is the niece of the current leader of the church & she knew EVERYBODY there is to know in the church with regards to the people who run the church. Every documentary you read about on the high level people who escaped Jenna knew. Between her book & Leah Remini's you really will have a broad base of knowledge of how this "church" operates & the evils that are occurring within.
I hate to admit this, but when Jenna talks about the celebrities in Scientology and what their existence is like. Even though it's a brief part of the book, it's still fascinating. Sort of like seeing a car wreck.
Maybe Helter Skelter, since it's involves a cult that brain washes it's members.
Sandy Rustin's performance takes a little getting used to because she has a very girlish voice. It makes sense, since she is the voice of Jenna who grew up in the Church of Scientology, so of course she would have a young sounding voice. While she did a great job narrating as a young girl, it's still a little difficult to get used to.
I didn't feel the desire to listen to this in one sitting, it still was captivating. Especially the second half.
If you watched "Going Clear" or read it, here's another insight into the cult life of Scientology.
I haven't read the print version
I think it compares well with books on the Hitler youth movement.
She does great character voices.
Suffer the children
I couldn't believe that something like this is going on in a western culture. How can celebrities and others espouse how great Scientology is when they do this kind of things to children and the vulnerable.
...but still infuriating! This sad bunch of gangsters qualifies for tax-free status? IRS...you're crazier than Miscavidge!
I like memoirs and zombies; funny and scary stories... I smell a book!
I have listened to Leah Remini's book, Going Clear and now Beyond Belief. I am a sucker for the Scientology story and how interesting it is that people "fall" for it. So if you like Scientology then definitely listen to this. It's a different side since she is a relative. A lot of details on Scientology levels and policies, etc etc so some of it may sound confusing but the story as a whole and what Jenna Hill does now is so interesting.
Interesting story from a lifelong Scientologist. The brainwashing techniques used by the "church" are finally becoming general knowledge. I enjoyed the book, however, I felt it was a little too long.
The narrator did a great job.
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