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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062248480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062248480
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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33 of 34 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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10 of 11 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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2 of 2 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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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Kayte Power on 8 Mar 2013
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Considering the repercussions many ex scientologists are exposed to and also her personal links.This is a brave and open account
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Oct 2013
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This book is excellent, gripping and very disturbing. Jenna speaks from the heart, and in detail, about the realities of growing up having your every movement, thought and emotion monitored. Read it, tell your friends, tell your kids, and their friends...and never be afraid to live your own life.
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I got this on audio book, having been meaning to read it for quite some time. Firstly, the reading was good - no problems there.

There is some interesting information in the book, and perhaps it gives a little more (though not much) insight into the workings of David Miscavige's mind. In the end though, despite the fact that what Jenna went through was awful, she seems to have had it better than most in this strange cult, largely due to fears from the "church" that she would cause PR problems if they handled her badly.

It's certainly worth reading, though I would recommend you start elsewhere. My Billion Year Contract, Memoir of a Former Scientologist is very good. I believe Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard is also worth a read and I purchased that yesterday on kindle for only 99p.
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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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