The date for Rainbow Book Fair 2016 has been announced. The 2015 edition was in…
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape is a book written by Jenna Miscavige Hill and Lisa Pulitzer. Jenna Miscavige Hill is the niece of David Miscavige, the current leader of the Church of Scientology. As such she was a part of the church from an early age on, including her whole family. As long as she knew she was trained to obey and never to question the church or its leaders.
But when she was 21 years old, she made a run for it and escaped. Now for the first time she talks about her time in the Church, what really happened inside and how she managed to get out. She reveals all and leaves nothing out. Being separated from her parents for a very very long time, working long hours and having your personal freedom limited to the extreme.
We learn more about the rituals in the church and the things people are taught to believe. The word of founder L. Ron Hubbard is law and no one dares to say other wise. But when Hubbard died, Miscavige took over and changed things forever. Is the church still the same as it was or not?
It took Jenna a very long time to decide to leave, but once the decision was made she went for it. Even when it meant she would have to make her young husband choose between her and the church.
Now as every one knows I have always been fascinated by religion and what it does to people. I am not a religious person myself, but the subject really fascinates me in many ways. And lately I found myself wanting to know more about cults and the people that are in a cult. Why do they put up with these things for so long? Why would any one willingly go through things that are clearly not normal? Is it a matter of free choice or not?
I was especially fascinated by this book because of the family relation to the current leader of the Church. As such Jenna would have better insight and might see or hear things no one else would. It never becomes clear if she receives special treatment because of this relation, but I can imagine it would happen. And there are some occasions where someone higher up the chain directly interferes in her life. So it would be safe to say they are keeping an eye out for her.
I read the book almost in one piece, because I was so in to the whole story and what happened. This book is really high recommended to anyone if you want to know more about Scientology or the Church of Scientology.
Once out Jenna started a website for ex-Scientologists called Ex Scientology kids. You can find that site here.
Ex-Scientology Kids is designed, owned, and operated by three young women who grew up in Scientology, and later left the Church. We feel that growing up in the Scientology environment is a unique experience that’s almost impossible to comprehend unless you’ve lived it yourself. For what it’s worth, we offer non-judgmental support for those who are still in Scientology, discussion and debate for those who’ve already left, and a plethora of easy-to-understand references for the curious.
Jenna also has a personal blog that she uses to write her own stories and tell about her life. You can find that here.
I have no personal opinion about Scientology or any other religion for that matter. I think everyone should be free to believe what he or she wants and if you think it helps you to be a better person, that I say go for it.