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