Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill

Subtitled: “My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape.”

Beyond Belief is one of the best ex-cult memoirs I have ever read. Not only does it go into great detail about the inner workings of Sea Org, the religious order of Scientology, but it’s extremely well written. I was on the edge of my seat wondering when Jenna Miscavige Hill (niece to Scientiology scion David Miscavige) would come to her sense and realize that she had been systematically abused physically, emotionally, and spiritually by members of the organization. You really get a great feel for how cults work from the inside out. It’s devastating to read that she was raised in a group setting, and barely saw her parents, starting at such a young age. It really made me think that the way children are treated is a good sign of the health of an organization, theology, or practice.

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