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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jenna Miscavige Hill

Narrated By: Sandy Rustin

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: February 2013

Duration: 12 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

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.

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  • Kelly Babcock

    I've watched several documentaries including Leah Remini & Mike Rinder's series, and there are way to many individual accounts that corroborate each other to NOT believe their stories. They are truly some of the strongest people I've ever known of. Jenna's book is fantastic and horrific at the same time. I hope it helps others to get out & prevents anyone who is thinking of joining this cult.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Wendy S

    good book would have been better if Jenna had read it herself

  • Lamoria W

    It's an okay book, but I wouldn't call that a harrowing escape though.

  • Shelly Hutchinson

    I could not tear myself away from this incredible and emotional account, even when not listening I could not wait to find out what happened next, truly incredible story with such sadness and bravery, gripping and insightful. The narrator Sandy Rustin did a great job and I highly recommend this book if you ever had an interest into the inner workings of Scientology.

  • Shayla Jacobsen

    Extremely interesting! Even when I wasn't listening to this book I found myself thinking about it. Loved her story, especially since it was written from her point of view. Not quite finished yet, but already recommending it to others. Loved it!!

  • Franky Descoteaux

    Whiny. I am fascinated by the subject matter generally, but her perspective was so self-centered and one sided that it was hard to get through.

  • Laura Weiss

    Very boring - she speaks in another languages-she can,t help it and nothing happens except people are treated unfairly. Vee

  • Michelle Kaatz

    This is a very revealing look at the inner operations of Scientology, coming from someone very close to the heart of the organization. This book is full of emotional events and the narrator does a good job of conveying that. She also does a good job of reminding you that the Jenna was, throughout most of the book, a very young girl--something that's easy to forget when listening to the kinds of responsibilities and experiences she had. This is a fascinating first-person look at social brainwashing and control.