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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (8 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1483005291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483005294
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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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 from Scientology. Now she speaks out about her life, the Church, and her dramatic escape, piercing the veil of secrecy that has long shrouded this world.

Jenna reveals unprecedented insider knowledge of the religion, its obscure rituals, and its mysterious leader. From her prolonged separation from her parents as a child to 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.

Yet it is only when her family approaches dissolution that she is finally able to see the psychological control that has ruled her life. Faced with a heartbreaking choice, she details how she made 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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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.



Lisa Pulitzer is a former correspondent for the New York Times andcoauthor of more than a dozen nonfiction titles, including the New York Times bestsellers Stolen Innocence, Imperfect Justice, and Mob Daughter.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jens Tingleff on 6 Feb. 2013
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I must state up front that I came to this book because I am critical of the scientology organisation.

At least I have a choice of books to read, entirely unlike the way that the author had no choice about belonging to the elite group of the scientology organisation, the "Sea Organisation." Before signing a contract for a duration of one billion years at the age of seven, she had been in the care of the organisation full time since she was five (seeing one or both of her parents for half a day most weekends, no more), in a "Ranch" for "Cadets" - a residentil facility off in the rugged countryside in California.

To me, the most important part of the book is the first part where the author describes what it was like to be treated as an adult and kept under a strict regime (from the age of five). Apart from half a day per week set aside for being with their parents, every one of the hours in their day was defined for the children (with hard physical labour accounting for the mornings). While the hard labour was bad enough, to me the worst part was the thought reform. The kids were policing themselves, denouncing bad actions / attitudes to the adults, with offenders accumulating demerits which had to worked off until normal status could be attained. Failure to comply could cause humiliation in front of the entire group. In this way, no rebellious child stayed rebellious for long. To an outsider this regime seems little different from re-education camps, but what makes the book chilling is that it all happened to a five year old and is told from that viewpoint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy Woman on 12 Feb. 2014
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The mental and physical abuse this girl suffered at the hands of the brainwashed evildoers convinced about the righteousness of their actions is scary. Thanks to having luck of relative resilience this girl made it through hellish childhood. The traumas she suffered at the hands of the cult could break and permanently destroy a less resilient person. The cult of Scientology is a very successful commercial enterprise disguised as a church. Their immense financial power keeps critics at bay with ruinously costly litigation. Any sane person can see this is an evil cult taking advantage of people's traumas to rip them off, in every conceivable way, and intimidate those who realized they were being conned. The only part of Scientological beliefs that resonates with me is their criticism of modern psychiatry. It is however exactly this weakness of medical sciences that allows the cult to exploit the vulnerable who are struggling with mental health and disappointed with what psychiatry offers. It is too bad these vulnerable people fall prey to the cunning manipulation at the hands of the cult, resulting in having their brains washed and, most importantly, their bank accounts emptied.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D Reynolds on 9 Feb. 2013
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This has been a very interesting read giving an insight in to a child and young adult who grew up in the Church of Scientology. Jenna life seems a mix of being blessed by being related to the leader of the church of scientology while at the same time cursed by it too. On the one hand she gets to experience life in the highest echelons of the church of scientology while on the other she's made to do hard labour for long hours. Recommended reading for anyone curious about the church of scientology.
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I found it a bit repetitive up to half way but realised it had to be from Jenna, to show how the Scientology beliefs /way was drummed into you. In Jenna's case from an early age working on the Ranch as an adult would without her family and missed out on a big part of her childhood. From halfway through the book I enjoyed the book more but was horrified at the same time what happened to Jenna and many others under the rule of this Church and the inhuman way followers were treated. And still are??
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Mciver on 30 Oct. 2013
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A bit hard going at times but we'll worth the read. The title says it all but still the "church" continues. Evil comes in many guises.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AnneMarie Stewart x on 26 Nov. 2013
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What a gripping, insightful, shocking story of a young life stolen by this scary, power hungry money making 'religion', I'm glad I read it. I feel inspired by the strength of Jenna Hill. And now more than ever my mind boggles that Tom Cruise &Will Smith follow this organisation. Mugs!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fluffy on 10 Mar. 2013
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My curiosity and disbelief as to how Scientology worked was answered with this shocking story. I wish I could understand how any sane person could believe that this cult was any kind of good force. A fantastic read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By judy1angel on 11 Aug. 2014
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Terrific book bravely written. Any kind of spiritual, or other abuse follows the same patterns, and it is very interesting reading, whether you are trapped by your 'church' elders, or any kind of heirarchical system, where the power and ego gets a hold, this can bless you and give you the courage you need to take an honest look at the organisation you belong to, and assess your situation, and whether it is true. A great read. I was sorry when it came to the end. Thank you Jenna Miscavage Hill. You are an inspiration, and will help many.
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