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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, 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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Revealing book
May 20th, 2015
I thought I knew a lot about Scientology. But this book revealed the every day life of scientologists and their principles. Good descriptions of both the physical and psychological control of this cult. I hope it will bring attention especially to the child abuse hiding behind this "religion".
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An iincredible story of courage!
April 5th, 2015
A shockingly tell-all sstry that details the perceptios, deceptiona, lies, myths, misconeptibs abd outright brainwasing that the author chronicles, in her jiurney, her life and her escape frim it. Jenba Miscavige Hill deserves accolades for her bravery in thus harrowing take. This serves a lesson and a word to the wise -- look before you leap because one never knws eniugh about anythibg, especially the unkniwn. A life lesson, indeed.
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A glimpse into another world
February 3rd, 2015
Very interesting firsthand account of growing up in Scientology. the emotional connection Jenna creates with the reader makes her reality that much more bizarre and compelling.
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Eye Opening!
January 3rd, 2015
I always figured that Scientology belonged in the 'kooky but harmless' category. However, after reading this book, I've learned there's little that's harmless about it. Jenna provides a fascinating insight into a very closed world. I really appreciated that for the most part, she simply stuck to describing her experiences and let the reader draw their own conclusions about the life inside the C of S.
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Our world ?
May 10th, 2014
I learned lots from this read, thank you for your insight and spirit.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
April 2nd, 2014
Was always curious about Scientoligy because of the high profile members Thankyou for clearing up my questions Now am wondering how such acomplished people can allow themselves to be brainwashed the way this organizations has It saddens me that so much of this still goes on in our inlightened world
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Beyond belief
March 15th, 2014
Very interesting reading right to the end. A bit of a wake up call for those that think this is a harmless group
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January 25th, 2014
This was an extremely interesting read, in my opinion. As with all memoirs, the reader must decide where lines blur in regards to facts/timelines/etc. This is especially true when issues of faith and/or theology are involved. But, overall, I found Jenna's story compelling. I read the book quickly, and discovered more about what Scientology is all about. I wish Jenna and her family nothing but the best, and after finishing her memoir was left feeling happy knowing she is now experiencing a life more satisfying to her than the restrictive childhood she lived through. If you are looking for something different to read, about a topic often shrouded in mystery, check out Beyond Belief.
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Scary!
December 31st, 2013
This is a sad tale of a lost childhood. Mscavige (I hope I spelled that pricks name wrong proving he's not that important of a person) is a sad LITTLE man who clearly has no loyalty to friends and family, although I think he might love Tom Cruise but I'm speculating here. This book makes me appreciate my childhood and the job my parents did raising me. I'll never complain about not getting a big wheel for 1978 Christmas again.
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Interesting but poorly written.
December 26th, 2013
Way too much boring detail, and a lot of grammatical errors. Interesting subject, though.
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Scientology revealed
November 12th, 2013
Amazing read. So interesting.
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Good eye opener to a secret life
October 22nd, 2013
Great look into Scientology, felt unbiased as the story went on, but could get draggy at times
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October 9th, 2013
I have always found myself curious about Scientology and this book gave me a deeper understanding not only of the religion but of the personal impact is has had on some of its most loyal followers. I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it.
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October 4th, 2013
I never knew anything about the Church of Scientology and this book was amazingly informative. I cannot believe that many of the public figures involved in this cult would be if they knew what really went on behind the scenes.
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Interesting but detailed...
August 22nd, 2013
The book overall is an interesting story providing an in-depth insight into scientology and the life of a Scientologist. I did however find I skipped some parts of the book because the level of detail it gave in relation to the day to day life of Jenna was tiresome and unnecessary at times.
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Beyond Belief
August 22nd, 2013
The title is certainly appropriate, concerning how adults could ever not think it was not okay to have children and not raise them over just being followers of a fanatical movement. This book certainly questions why they would ever think they are leaders - shame on this weak minded individuals that can't see right for wrong!
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Beyond Beyond
August 21st, 2013
This book has a good insight to what Scientology is really like. What a brave person for revealing the truth. Having some experience with religion I felt some of her pain. Not all religions are bad but this one is certainly a cult. Everyone must find their place and purpose in life. Jenna wrote a compelling story that kept me reading and not wishing to put the book down. Good job Jenna .
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A different angle
April 30th, 2013
While a bit bogged down with day-to day detail in parts, this is a valuable view in being less about broader policy and more about day-to-day Scientology life than Inside Scientology or Going Clear. Ms. Miscavige Hill's voice as a writer is youthful but her enthusiasm carries the reader along.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
April 15th, 2013
Sad to read that people can treat children so badly and all in the name of for the greater good. I hope that the author find God, someone who is more than a possibility & a and one who is truly all knowing & wise and wants & cares about us so much! Those so called church leaders will one day have to face God for their decisions and part in this and what still happens, I pray they too will find freedom to. Book was really wordy though
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Wow.
April 1st, 2013
I can hardly believe that this story is real. Very eye opening. The writing isn't the greatest, but it was tolerable. I can't believe that people believe this stuff.
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