Beyond Belief: My Life In and Out of Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
Beyond Belief My Life In and Out of Scientology and My Harrowing Escape Author:Jenna Miscavige Hill 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 "disco... more »nnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.
In this tell-all memoir, complete with family photographs from her time in the Church, 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.« less
Slow at the beginning but after getting into it, I could hardly put it down. I learned a lot about Scientology. The author is a brave woman to write a book about this abusive religion. I can't imagine anybody wanting to stay in such a restrictive environment with little control over their own lives.
Amy M. (georgiagymdog) - , reviewed Beyond Belief: My Life In and Out of Scientology and My Harrowing Escape on
I enjoyed this account of the childhood and adolescence of the niece of David Miscavige, the current leader of the Church of Scientology. She grows up in the church and becomes disenchanted over time as she begins to think for herself.
I was a little bit disappointed with this book. I'd wanted to read it for so long that possibly it couldn't live up to my expectations. That said, I found a lot of the details absolutely boring and yet, I cared enough about the author to want to finish the book and I did. This way of living was so crazy and abusive, but I don't think many CS people would relate, as they haven't a clue what goes on for those living totally in the CS community. I can't imagine having to be alone as much as these kids were and how these people have gotten away with is neglect and abuse is beyond my comprehension. I honestly do recommend the book, but only if you're prepared to get past a lot of details that would bore the most boring person.