Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

Large Print - 2013
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Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised away from her parents at the Ranch, a San Jacinto, California, boarding school for children of Scientology executives. In Beyond Belief, Jenna shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member of 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 2005. In this tell-all memoir, complete with family photographs from her time in the Church, Jenna now helps others leave the organization and 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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2013
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781611738070
Characteristics: 576 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Pulitzer, Lisa


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Sep 10, 2018

While "Beyond Belief" was a quick enjoyable read, it was written in a simplistic repetitive style reminiscent of a school essay.

The allegations against Scientology are serious - child abuse, forced labor camps, psychological torture, financial abuse, refusing medical care and what basically amounts to kidnapping.

However, the author's writing style lacks real passion until the last 10 or so pages of the book. It difficult to know how to respond; it seems like the human rights violations haven't been stopped but there also really isn't a call to arms.

If you are interested in the nitty-gritty day to day details of the inner working of Scientology, this book is for you.

Nov 30, 2017

I had never heard about Scientology before, until I read this book. I was in complete shock and disbelief that this is what someone had actually lived.

I enjoyed the way her story was told and the honesty that she shared in her book. I did find the book a little repetitive, therefor I would often skip a few pages in the book.

Regardless I would still highly recommend this book!!

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.

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