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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill

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Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member 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.



  • I really enjoyed this book, although I must admit that Jenna's character wasn't particularly likable, which actually adds to its authenticity. At times, her descriptions made her appear downright insane in my opinion. I suppose living in a completely different reality from everyone else can have that effect on you. Nevertheless, I'm extremely grateful that she decided to write this book and share her experiences. The book has a certain tone that gives it a somewhat childlike feel, possibly due to Jenna's limited education. However, despite this, it remains entertaining and is narrated well. I strongly suggest this book to anyone with the ability to listen.
  • Rarely do you come across a combination of exceptional storytelling and a captivating performance, but "Beyond Belief" achieves just that. The title itself perfectly encapsulates the incredulity one feels upon realizing how seemingly ordinary individuals, like Scientologists, can subject their own children to such abhorrent treatment. Jenna Miscavige Hill recounts her extraordinary upbringing within the confines of Scientology and her gradual yearning to escape the only life she had ever known. The fact that she is the niece of the current Scientology leader lends even more credibility to her harrowing tale. Prior to reading this book, I viewed Scientologists as peculiar yet harmless. However, Hill's personal account sheds light on the urgent need to examine this organization more closely, especially regarding their use of child labor and the destruction of families. Suddenly, their harmlessness dissipates. I commend the author for embarking on this painful journey of writing such a memoir. Special recognition must be given to the narration, as it ranks among the finest performances I have encountered. The book chronicles the author's transformation from a young girl to a grown woman, and the narrator flawlessly navigates this progression with authenticity and believability, without going overboard. It's not often that I purchase the physical book after listening to the audiobook, but in this case, I felt compelled to do so due to the compelling nature of the story. As I delve into the pages, I can't help but hear the narrator's voice in my mind, which only enhances the sense of reality within the narrative. If you have a penchant for gripping true-life stories, "Beyond Belief" is an absolute must-read.
  • This book provides a raw and honest account of JMH's experience growing up in Scientology, highlighting the harsh treatment she endured. It's truly disheartening to think about how parents and adults could allow such circumstances. JMH has my utmost sympathy, and I'm glad to know that she has found a better life now. However, despite my genuine empathy for her, I must provide an honest review and say that I cannot give this book a high rating. While I understand that JMH lacked access to a proper education, it would have been more beneficial as a reader if she had offered some analysis and reflection on the events she recounts. I'm curious about her personal perspective on Scientology's core beliefs and how she interprets her life experiences in relation to these beliefs. Additionally, I wonder how her parents currently feel about subjecting her to this upbringing. I acknowledge that JMH was brainwashed, but I question whether that was the sole reason she didn't leave sooner, especially when she had both the opportunity and her parents' support. Given the extent of her suffering, one would assume that the painful reality of her past years would have outweighed the brainwashing. However, I cannot provide a definitive answer to this. The book's narrative lacks insightful discussions and appears simplistic, childish, and disjointed. Considering the title, "Beyond Belief," I expected a deeper exploration of Scientology's belief system and how these events pushed those beliefs to the extreme. In my opinion, a more comprehensive account would have resulted in a stronger book. Alternatively, could the "Belief" mentioned in the title refer to the reader's own inability or reluctance to comprehend? Unfortunately, for the reasons outlined above, I regret using a credit on this book. When evaluating a book solely based on its merits, being "nice" should take a back seat.