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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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

Publisher: Wm Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date:  9/17/2013
Pages:  416
Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill About the Book:  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.

In this tell-all memoir, complete with family photographs from her time in the Church, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a prominent critic of Scientology who now helps others leave the organization, 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.

WC's Review:  Why does it take Jenna, niece of David Miscavige, ecclestiastical and business leader of The Church of Scientology, so many years to leave the Sea Org, the inner core of the Scientology parish? The answer is she can't, for it is the only life she knows. Alienation from parents, constant verbal abuse, thought and emotions control, and never ending physical labor are all Jenna and her new husband Dallas expect from their existence at the "Ranch." This revealing story of the inherent horrors of life in the monstrosity developed by L Ron Hubbard in the mid 1950s, exceeds the manipulative mindset of the all-knowing state written by George Orwell in 1948.

Jenna slowly comes to the reluctant realization that something is not right here in Scientology paradise.

Well written and provocative, the reader may find himself growing weary, wondering why Jenna remains hesitant about getting out of there. One, of course, questions the sanity of Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Greta Van Susteren.
Highly recommended.  5 stars  

Author:  Jenna Miscavige Hill
Jenna is the niece of David Miscavige, current leader of Scientology. She grew up as a member of the Sea Organization, and was disconnected from her parents at a young age. She left in 2005, and is now happily married, living a fulfilling life outside the church. Jenna has been an active opponent of Scientology abuses, and hopes that her work can help educate others about the dangers of Scientology and the Sea Org.