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

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9 Critic Reviews

Some readers may have difficulty believing such insular Scientology communities can exist in this age of access, but memoirs like Hill’s cast light on their internal practices.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.

 

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Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of David Miscavige, the current ecclesiastical and business leader of the Church of Scientology, was raised as a Scientologist. Since leaving the organization in 2005, she has become one of its most prominent critics. She co-founded 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.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by William Morrow. 427 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Beyond Belief
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
on Feb 17 2013

...even the help of well-credentialed write...does not save the book from a limping prose...

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Mar 01 2013

Some readers may have difficulty believing such insular Scientology communities can exist in this age of access, but memoirs like Hill’s cast light on their internal practices.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 04 2013

Some readers may have difficulty believing such insular Scientology communities can exist in this age of access, but memoirs like Hill’s cast light on their internal practices.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Kristin Wilson on Oct 28 2013

Beyond Belief is written so that anyone without prior knowledge of Scientology will still understand the horrors of what Jenna went through.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Feb 22 2013

...a sober, well-written memoir by ex-Scientologist Jenna Miscavige Hill..The church has accused past whistle-blowers of lacking credibility; that will be a harder sell this time.

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Curled Up

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Reviewed by Steven Rosen on Apr 27 2015

What emerges in her memoir is both fascinating and terrifying. What comes across is more brainwashing than enlightening.

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on Apr 27 2015

I think that Beyond Belief is extremely well done. Obviously, Jenna Miscavige did not write the whole thing – you can see on the cover that Lisa Pulitzer is listed as co-author. I think that Pulitzer did a great job of taking Miscavige’s story and making it compelling.

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Reviewed by Heather on Aug 26 2013

Mostly she wanted to educate people on the truth about Scientology and I think she did a great job of doing that without being too harsh on its leadership. Highly recommended.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Feb 22 2013

...a sober, well-written memoir by ex-Scientologist Jenna Miscavige Hill, Beyond Belief My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, that dovetails, damningly, with Wright’s. The church has accused past whistle-blowers of lacking credibility; that will be a harder sell this time.

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