Reads For The Road: Beyond Belief—My Secret Life Inside Scientology by Jenna Miscavige Hill

by Lindsay Shapka in , ,

If you read one book this year, make it this one.

Published in 2013, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape is an absolutely fascinating first-hand account of what life inside the little-known world of Scientology is really like. 

Author Jenna Miscavige Hill was born into a family of Scientologists and raised in a world that is closed off, controlled, and unemotional.

When the creator of this highly controversial and powerful organization died, Jenna's uncle David Miscavige took control and is currently the ecclesiastical and business leader of the Church. 

This book gives startlingly honest accounts of some of the Church's most disturbing practices and rituals from Jenna's first person point of view. It tracks her journey from her prolonged separation from her parents as a child to the psychological control that ruled her life to her eventual disillusionment and heartbreaking escape. 

Aside from telling someone that you were thinking of leaving, other High Crimes that might be considered Suppressive Acts were things like talking negatively about Scientology, practicing Scientology outside the umbrella organization, asking for your money back, taking legal action against Scientology, or speaking or writing negatively about Scientology to members of the media. Suppressive Acts could cause you to be declared a Suppressive Person, an SP. If this happened, you were considered evil, and people who were still Scientologists had to disconnect from you in every way, or they would be considered SPs, too.
— page 150, "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape"

You won't be able to put it down!