Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

by Jenna Miscavige Hill

HarperCollins | February 5, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape is rated 4.2857 out of 5 by 21.

Jenna Miscavige Hill was raised to obey. As the niece of the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this highly controversial and powerful organization. But at twenty-one, Jenna made a daring break, risking everything she had ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all. Now she speaks out about her life, the Church, and her dramatic escape, going deep inside a religion that, for decades, has been the subject of fierce debate and speculation worldwide.

Piercing the veil of secrecy that has long shrouded the world of Scientology, this insider reveals unprecedented firsthand knowledge of the religion, its obscure rituals, and its mysterious leader—David Miscavige. From her prolonged separation from her parents as a small child to being indoctrinated to serve the greater good of the Church, from her lack of personal freedoms to the organization's emphasis on celebrity recruitment, Jenna goes behind the scenes of Scientology's oppressive and alienating culture, detailing an environment rooted in control in which the most devoted followers often face the harshest punishments when they fall out of line. Addressing some of the Church's most notorious practices in startling detail, she also describes a childhood of isolation and neglect—a childhood that, painful as it was, prepared her for a tough life in the Church's most devoted order, the Sea Org.

Despite this hardship, it is only when her family approaches dissolution and her world begins to unravel that she is finally able to see the patterns of stifling conformity and psychological control that have ruled her life. Faced with a heartbreaking choice, she mounts a courageous escape, but not before being put through the ultimate test of family, faith, and love. At once captivating and disturbing, Beyond Belief is an eye-opening exploration of the limits of religion and the lengths to which one woman went to break free.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 in

Published: February 5, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062263439

ISBN - 13: 9780062263438

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond belief The title says it all. Great book, cannot believe these things are talking place to people in this day and age even as I write this.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Revealing book I thought I knew a lot about Scientology. But this book revealed the every day life of scientologists and their principles. Good descriptions of both the physical and psychological control of this cult. I hope it will bring attention especially to the child abuse hiding behind this "religion".
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An iincredible story of courage! A shockingly tell-all sstry that details the perceptios, deceptiona, lies, myths, misconeptibs abd outright brainwasing that the author chronicles, in her jiurney, her life and her escape frim it. Jenba Miscavige Hill deserves accolades for her bravery in thus harrowing take. This serves a lesson and a word to the wise -- look before you leap because one never knws eniugh about anythibg, especially the unkniwn. A life lesson, indeed.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A glimpse into another world Very interesting firsthand account of growing up in Scientology. the emotional connection Jenna creates with the reader makes her reality that much more bizarre and compelling.
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening! I always figured that Scientology belonged in the 'kooky but harmless' category. However, after reading this book, I've learned there's little that's harmless about it. Jenna provides a fascinating insight into a very closed world. I really appreciated that for the most part, she simply stuck to describing her experiences and let the reader draw their own conclusions about the life inside the C of S.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our world ? I learned lots from this read, thank you for your insight and spirit.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our world ? Was always curious about Scientoligy because of the high profile members Thankyou for clearing up my questions Now am wondering how such acomplished people can allow themselves to be brainwashed the way this organizations has It saddens me that so much of this still goes on in our inlightened world
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beyond belief Very interesting reading right to the end. A bit of a wake up call for those that think this is a harmless group
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beyond belief This was an extremely interesting read, in my opinion. As with all memoirs, the reader must decide where lines blur in regards to facts-timelines-etc. This is especially true when issues of faith and-or theology are involved. But, overall, I found Jenna's story compelling. I read the book quickly, and discovered more about what Scientology is all about. I wish Jenna and her family nothing but the best, and after finishing her memoir was left feeling happy knowing she is now experiencing a life more satisfying to her than the restrictive childhood she lived through. If you are looking for something different to read, about a topic often shrouded in mystery, check out Beyond Belief.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scary! This is a sad tale of a lost childhood. Mscavige (I hope I spelled that pricks name wrong proving he's not that important of a person) is a sad LITTLE man who clearly has no loyalty to friends and family, although I think he might love Tom Cruise but I'm speculating here. This book makes me appreciate my childhood and the job my parents did raising me. I'll never complain about not getting a big wheel for 1978 Christmas again.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting but poorly written. Way too much boring detail, and a lot of grammatical errors. Interesting subject, though.
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unbelievable Book! I would recommend.
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scientology revealed Amazing read. So interesting.
Date published: 2013-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good eye opener to a secret life Great look into Scientology, felt unbiased as the story went on, but could get draggy at times
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Belief really!!!!! Great book! Thank you Wendy for telling me about it.:-)
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beyond Belief really!!!!! I have always found myself curious about Scientology and this book gave me a deeper understanding not only of the religion but of the personal impact is has had on some of its most loyal followers. I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Belief really!!!!! I never knew anything about the Church of Scientology and this book was amazingly informative. I cannot believe that many of the public figures involved in this cult would be if they knew what really went on behind the scenes.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Belief Always wanted to know what Scientology is all about. Glad I read the book. It is really scary. How could they do that to families an especially the kids.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but detailed... The book overall is an interesting story providing an in-depth insight into scientology and the life of a Scientologist. I did however find I skipped some parts of the book because the level of detail it gave in relation to the day to day life of Jenna was tiresome and unnecessary at times.
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beyond Belief The title is certainly appropriate, concerning how adults could ever not think it was not okay to have children and not raise them over just being followers of a fanatical movement. This book certainly questions why they would ever think they are leaders - shame on this weak minded individuals that can't see right for wrong!
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating story This is an excellent read. The story of the Church of Scientology told from the point of view of a woman who grew up on the inside, accepting it as the norm for many years. While she does mention the more famous things it is known for, such as Xenu and taking all of the money of its members, much of the story will be new to anyone outside of Scientology. Definitely worth a read..
Date published: 2013-02-18

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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

by Jenna Miscavige Hill

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 in

Published: February 5, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062263439

ISBN - 13: 9780062263438

From the Publisher

Jenna Miscavige Hill was raised to obey. As the niece of the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this highly controversial and powerful organization. But at twenty-one, Jenna made a daring break, risking everything she had ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all. Now she speaks out about her life, the Church, and her dramatic escape, going deep inside a religion that, for decades, has been the subject of fierce debate and speculation worldwide.

Piercing the veil of secrecy that has long shrouded the world of Scientology, this insider reveals unprecedented firsthand knowledge of the religion, its obscure rituals, and its mysterious leader—David Miscavige. From her prolonged separation from her parents as a small child to being indoctrinated to serve the greater good of the Church, from her lack of personal freedoms to the organization's emphasis on celebrity recruitment, Jenna goes behind the scenes of Scientology's oppressive and alienating culture, detailing an environment rooted in control in which the most devoted followers often face the harshest punishments when they fall out of line. Addressing some of the Church's most notorious practices in startling detail, she also describes a childhood of isolation and neglect—a childhood that, painful as it was, prepared her for a tough life in the Church's most devoted order, the Sea Org.

Despite this hardship, it is only when her family approaches dissolution and her world begins to unravel that she is finally able to see the patterns of stifling conformity and psychological control that have ruled her life. Faced with a heartbreaking choice, she mounts a courageous escape, but not before being put through the ultimate test of family, faith, and love. At once captivating and disturbing, Beyond Belief is an eye-opening exploration of the limits of religion and the lengths to which one woman went to break free.

About the Author

Jenna Miscavige Hill was raised as a Scientologist. Since leaving the organization in 2005, she cofounded the website www.exscientologykids.com, which features the stories of current and former Scientologists and supports those who choose to leave the organization. She lives in Southern California.