Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

Book - 2013
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With unprecedented insider access into its inner world, the niece of the Church of Scientology's commander-in-chief tells the story of her bizarre and traumatic childhood as a member of the secretive organization, her dramatic escape, and her struggle to integrate into mainstream society afterwards.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2013
ISBN: 9780062263438
Branch Call Number: 299.936 HIL
Characteristics: x, 404 p


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Sep 27, 2017

The story really is almost beyond belief. Makes me so incredibly grateful that I never fell prey to scientology and it's minions. L. Ron Hubbard was someone I despise. And those who took over his work--same thing.

Apr 03, 2017

This book was ok. Didn't' love it. I preferred Leah Remini's book on Scientology much better.

Cynthia_N Feb 27, 2017

Such a good book! I am amazed at some of the things the author had to go through before she was finally able to leave the church.

Jun 02, 2016

Eerie and compelling. Jenna Miscavige Hill's lineage is elite - David Miscavige, current leader of Scientology, is her uncle. That makes this story even more bizarre - someone from that family leaving the church, and other relatives of David's also leaving, exposes Scientology for what it really is - blatant brainwashing. The writing is rather wooden, but the story told is fascinating.

Apr 22, 2016

You'd think a book written by the tiny overlord's niece would be more revealing and reflective of the inner workings of scientology and its impact on human beings. But maybe Jenna's ghost writer just didn't have the words or the scope to tell a more interesting story than this. I didn't learn anything new about scientology here, but it might be a good place to start for those just learning about this insane organization. It's definitely easier than reading any drivel L. Ron ever wrote.

Happy reading.

Dec 28, 2015

Grrrreat! Another // tell-all \\ book on the church of scientology - - only in thoroughly dumbed down America! Next up, a tell-all book on Felix the Cat? Mickey Mouse?

Jun 17, 2015

If even half of what Hill writes about her uncle David Miscavige is true, then it is shocking a grand jury hasn't been convened to investigate whether charges should be laid. This woman doesn't have an agenda. Hers isn't just an ordinary plea for help. It is well worth reading.

Apr 13, 2015

After reading a couple of disengaged, scholarly views it was interesting to hear from an insider what it was like growing up in this cult. I can't imagine ever going to therapy to resolve any of the issues because their whole life was therapy as they had to "grab the cans" for hours every day at the least. I'm a little addicted to reading about this madman LRH and his cult following. Just one more book about it though, and I swear then I'm done. I'll never read another Scientology book again. I swear baby. Just one more.

Apr 06, 2015

This book was an excellent expose on the Church of Scientology - even more revealing than the documentary, "Going Clear, The Church of Scientololgy and the Prison of Belief". It is easy to read and not too long. Its a shame that neither the book nor the author wasn't mentioned at all in the film.

Nov 30, 2013

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

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