Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

Book - 2013
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The niece of the Church of Scientology's commander-in-chief reveals the strange and disturbing details of her childhood, piercing the veil of secrecy that has shrouded this religion and exposing the inner workings of Scientology's celebrity culture.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062248473
0062248472
Branch Call Number: 299.936 H5533B 2013
Characteristics: x, 404 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pulitzer, Lisa

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g_love
Sep 10, 2018

While "Beyond Belief" was a quick enjoyable read, it was written in a simplistic repetitive style reminiscent of a school essay.

The allegations against Scientology are serious - child abuse, forced labor camps, psychological torture, financial abuse, refusing medical care and what basically amounts to kidnapping.

However, the author's writing style lacks real passion until the last 10 or so pages of the book. It difficult to know how to respond; it seems like the human rights violations haven't been stopped but there also really isn't a call to arms.

If you are interested in the nitty-gritty day to day details of the inner working of Scientology, this book is for you.

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RustyReader9
Nov 30, 2017

I had never heard about Scientology before, until I read this book. I was in complete shock and disbelief that this is what someone had actually lived.

I enjoyed the way her story was told and the honesty that she shared in her book. I did find the book a little repetitive, therefor I would often skip a few pages in the book.

Regardless I would still highly recommend this book!!

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dewwell
Sep 27, 2017

The story really is almost beyond belief. Makes me so incredibly grateful that I never fell prey to scientology and it's minions. L. Ron Hubbard was someone I despise. And those who took over his work--same thing.

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brooklynheart5
Apr 03, 2017

This book was ok. Didn't' love it. I preferred Leah Remini's book on Scientology much better.

Cynthia_N Feb 27, 2017

Such a good book! I am amazed at some of the things the author had to go through before she was finally able to leave the church.

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pattyloucor67
Jun 02, 2016

Eerie and compelling. Jenna Miscavige Hill's lineage is elite - David Miscavige, current leader of Scientology, is her uncle. That makes this story even more bizarre - someone from that family leaving the church, and other relatives of David's also leaving, exposes Scientology for what it really is - blatant brainwashing. The writing is rather wooden, but the story told is fascinating.

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abcDena
Apr 22, 2016

You'd think a book written by the tiny overlord's niece would be more revealing and reflective of the inner workings of scientology and its impact on human beings. But maybe Jenna's ghost writer just didn't have the words or the scope to tell a more interesting story than this. I didn't learn anything new about scientology here, but it might be a good place to start for those just learning about this insane organization. It's definitely easier than reading any drivel L. Ron ever wrote.

Happy reading.

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StarGladiator
Dec 28, 2015

Grrrreat! Another // tell-all \\ book on the church of scientology - - only in thoroughly dumbed down America! Next up, a tell-all book on Felix the Cat? Mickey Mouse?

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rpavlacic
Jun 17, 2015

If even half of what Hill writes about her uncle David Miscavige is true, then it is shocking a grand jury hasn't been convened to investigate whether charges should be laid. This woman doesn't have an agenda. Hers isn't just an ordinary plea for help. It is well worth reading.

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PearlyBaker
Apr 13, 2015

After reading a couple of disengaged, scholarly views it was interesting to hear from an insider what it was like growing up in this cult. I can't imagine ever going to therapy to resolve any of the issues because their whole life was therapy as they had to "grab the cans" for hours every day at the least. I'm a little addicted to reading about this madman LRH and his cult following. Just one more book about it though, and I swear then I'm done. I'll never read another Scientology book again. I swear baby. Just one more.

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