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Beyond Belief

My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

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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, 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 04, 2013 – Hill s candid memories of growing up inside the Church of Scientology are notable not just for their detail but for the light they shed on an environment that fosters isolation, powerlessness, and privacy loss. The Church takes precedence over family to the extent that Hill whose parents were Church executives spent just one hour a day with them, decreasing as they moved up in the Church hierarchy. Although most of Hill s extended family has left Scientology, her uncle, David Miscavige, is currently head of the Church. Hill recalls she "didn t know what normal looked like," and that her life was "owned by the Church." In fact, after her engagement to a fellow Scientologist one that Church officials tried mightily to prevent her desire to have children motivated her to leave the Church. (As "thetans," many members "can t really be the parent" of another thetan). Those looking for a glimpse into the celebrity side of Scientology will be disappointed; Hill primarily relates how celebrities are treated differently from the rest. Some readers may have difficulty believing such insular Scientology communities can exist in this age of access, but memoirs like Hill s cast light on their internal practices.

Customer Reviews

Everything I hoped it would be.

Update 2/5/2013: downloaded and read the entire book last night. as expected, very damaging and told in a straightforward way. go Jenna. Well worth the money spent.

Jan 28, 2013: if 33 people have already posted reviews in an attempt to down rate this book when it isn't yet released, you can bet David Miscavige has Scientologists lying in force against this book. Therefore I'm adding my 5 star review just because if it scares Miscavige that much it's gotta be a stupendous book. It is January 28. When the book actually comes out I will post a true review of it. People under Jenna's uncles rule will NOT be allowed to read it, that's why they could post their reviews early.

Excellent book

A book so shocking and honest the truth about Scientology is a story that needs to be told and known by everyone.
Thanks to Jenna and everyone who speaks out about this evil organization.

Very courageous

I found Jenna's story to be very informative and terrifying. I'm thankful that she could put that into words. I wasn't so in touch with my feelings from 19-28... I didn't have the courage to say WHAT? When I read those OT materials that I paid lots of $ for, although I was thinking the thoughts that Scientology is truly crazy and I must be for spending $. Over the years I've tried to get only the money back that I had on my account in LA which I never spent. I never got anything back. I consider them thieves too. I gave up trying as I got tired of the harassing phone calls at 2 am in the morning and unexpected visitors at 8am on a Sunday. After 30 some odd years, I'm still being harassed!

So, Jenna, thanks for writing this. By the way, I used to be married to your uncle Larry & I babysat Barney and Dallas...

Beyond Belief
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Religion & Spirituality
  • Published: Feb 05, 2013
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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