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Beyond Belief

My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

Hill, Jenna Miscavige

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Beyond Belief
The niece of controversial Scientology leader David Miscavige presents a tell-all memoir about her life in the Church of Scientology.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, ©2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062248480
Characteristics: x, 404 pages, [8] pages of plates :,color illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pulitzer, Lisa. Author


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Nov 30, 2013
  • JudithE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this fascinating, and puzzling as well. For example, the total emphasis for kids that they understand every word and its implications, as the basic foundation of education, tested by a crude lie-detector. It just didn't make sense. It was rather like someone's off-the-cuff idea that became law. And of course there is much, much more. Human beings are fascinating in how we can connect ourselves to strange beliefs and then make them real. It would be funny if it didn't affect people's lives so profoundily

Oct 27, 2013
  • kimberwitch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a well written, directly stated, factually detailed account of the inside workings of Scientology from a witness who is closely related to the top.

A very sad commentary about life as a Scientologist, growing up on the inside of the cult, without ever having seen the outside.

A must read for anyone interested in mind control, cults and fear of the unknown.

Personally, I found it difficult to relate to anyone giving up everything, including the guardianship of their own children to devote themselves to anything else, let alone a "religion". Jenna's tale is harrowing and, at the end of the book, I felt extremely disturbed to realize that Scientology is allowed to operate under a religious and legitimate umbrella.

A fantastic read.

Oct 05, 2013

I had very little knowledge of Scientology before reading this book aside from the basic knowledge that their beliefs are nuts. After reading this book, however, I now understand more fully why my brother once told me he fully supports all Anonymous does. I was absolutely appalled to read Ms Hill's account of her life as a Scientologist. Kudos to her for her work in bringing its abuses to light.

Sep 23, 2013
  • lindamck63 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was loooong. The author could have told the same story in 100 pages less. It would have been interesting to learn more of her life after breaking away from the "Church". I've read better, I've read worse ...

Apr 28, 2013
  • nannerl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

She is a strong person. I think most people are brainwashed from an early age to follow the religion of their parents, just not usually so hard to get away from it if you choose. Almost like being in an abusive relationship, and the rest of the world wonders why you don't just leave. I tried to understand, but difficult, as her experience is so far removed from anything I've experienced.

Apr 13, 2013
  • fc02zp rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I suggest reading Janet Reitman's "Inside Scientology" before reading this memoir. It is the most comprehensive book on the history of Scientology as there has ever been written. Thoroughly researched and expertly written, as only a journalist could, it unfurls a narrative of Scientology that will shock and disgust you. Having read that, it will undoubtedly allow you to have a better understanding of the courage that it took Jenna Miscavige Hill to escape the church and pen this book. Jenna is an ex-Scientologist raised in the church from birth, born to high-ranking Scientologist parents and the niece of Scientology's current leader David Miscavige. Sure, as another commenter noticed, this book is not written in the most elegant of language prose, but with the very little formal education Jenna received, she, with the help of ghost writer Lisa Pulitzer, wrote a memoir of her truth, in her own voice, free to think for herself for the first time in her life.

Mar 25, 2013
  • briar_rose rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It had good potential since the content is quite interesting but I found the writing weak and it was dull at times. I cannot believe that an intelligent adult would join Scientology.


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