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BEYOND BELIEF: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

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Table Of Contents

Author’s Note: Ix

Prologue 1

1 In The Name Of The Church — 5

2 LRH Drops His Body — 13

3 The Greater Good — 24

4 The Ranch — 36

5 A Cadet’s Life — 47

6 Being A Cadet, Part II — 65

7 Runaway — 79

8 “Dear Jenna. . .” — 90

9 Clearwater — 102

10 Key To Life — 115

11 Back To The Drudgery — 128

12 Flag Again — 136

13 The Golden Age Of Technology — 146

14 CMO Training — 156

15 Mom — 166

16 On The EPF — 178

17 “Handling” Family — 192

18 The Questions Begin — 203

19 “Think For Yourself” — 217

20 Punished — 232

21 Security Checks — 249

22 L.A. — 258

23 My Choice — 269

24 Dallas — 280

25 The Celebrity Centre — 293

26 A Secret Engagement — 304

27 The Edge — 313

28 A New Name — 324

29 Australia — 333

30 Lower Conditions — 344

31 Gone — 355

32 The Real World — 367

33 Sharing The Truth — 378

34 One Life — 387

Glossary — 397

Acknowledgments — 403

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Jenna Miscavige Hill was raised to obey. As the niece of the Church of Scientology’s leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this highly controversial and powerful organization. But at twenty-one, Jenna made a daring break, risking everything she had ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all. Now she speaks out about her life, the Church, and her dramatic escape, going deep inside a religion that, for decades, has been the subject of fierce debate and speculation worldwide.

Piercing the veil of secrecy that has long shrouded the world of Scientology, this insider reveals unprecedented firsthand knowledge of the religion, its obscure rituals, and its mysterious leader—David Miscavige. From her prolonged separation from her parents as a small child to being indoctrinated to serve the greater good of the Church, from her lack of personal freedoms to the organization’s emphasis on celebrity recruitment, Jenna goes behind the scenes of Scientology’s oppressive and alienating culture, detailing an environment rooted in control in which the most devoted followers often face the harshest punishments when they fall out of line. Addressing some of the Church’s most notorious practices in startling detail, she also describes a childhood of isolation and neglect—a childhood that, painful as it was, prepared her for a tough life in the Church’s most devoted order, the Sea Org.

Despite this hardship, it is only when her family approaches dissolution and her world begins to unravel that she is finally able to see the patterns of stifling conformity and psychological control that have ruled her life. Faced with a heartbreaking choice, she mounts a courageous escape, but not before being put through the ultimate test of family, faith, and love. At once captivating and disturbing, Beyond Belief is an eye-opening exploration of the limits of religion and the lengths to which one woman went to break free.

Hardcover, 404 pages

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Weight 15.8 oz