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Book Review: Beyond Belief – My Secret Life Inside Scientology and my Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill

By Aubrey Paton for the Sunday Times

When Jenna Miscavige was seven, she pledged to serve the Church of Scientology for a billion years, through her present life and all her future incarnations. As the niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige, Jenna was fast tracked for high office. Fourteen years later, she left in disgrace.

This memoir tells a story of child labour, family dissolution, paranoid church hierarchy, blackmail, lies and systematic brainwashing.

As a disgraced former Scientologist, Jenna’s revelations may be biased yet she paints a disturbingly convincing picture of mind control and manipulation. The prose is not elegant but this is an unusual view of the cult from the inside.

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