Friday, March 15, 2013

south park spoofed it best.

Society has been mocking Scientology for a while now. I am not here to mock anything, just review books, and be mildly inappropriate, but not mock. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill shows this religion for what it really is, no mocking necessary.


Jenna was born into Scientology being the niece of the Church of Scientology's leader, David Miscavige. Her parents were high school drop outs who revolved their entire lives around this religion. Jenna lived through a childhood of isolation and neglect, preparing her for a life of conformity, that leaves little room for error. Keep in mind that this book details the lives of people who are extremely involved with the organization, not outside people who simply pay (a lot) and practice. Jenna goes into detail (A LOT of detail) about the oppressive environment she lived in growing up until her escape when she was twenty-one. Jenna is now married and has two beautiful children. Such an inspiration considering one would  have to be pretty psychologically damaged after spending early childhood to adulthood in this alienating culture.

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