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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, by Jenna Miscavige Hill

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology: Jenna Miscavige Hill Pens Revealing Book : People.com

    02/01/2013 at 08:00 PM EST

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    What was it like to grow up inside Sea Org, the Church of Scientology's most elite body?

    In her memoir Beyond Belief, excerpted exclusively below, Jenna Miscavige Hill describes her experiences at the Ranch, a San Jacinto, Calif., boarding school for children of Scientology execs. The niece of church head David Miscavige, she was raised away from her parents, then worked within Sea Org until leaving Scientology in 2005.

    Now living near San Diego, married to Dallas Hill and mom to their children Archie, 3, and Winnie, 10 months, she's telling her story, she says, to increase awareness about Scientology: "I realize every day how lucky I am to have gotten out." (When asked to comment on the book's portrayal of its members, the church stated they had not read the book but that "any allegations of neglect are blatantly false.")

    Jenna's parents, Ron and Blythe Miscavige, high-ranking members of Sea Org, sent both Jenna and her older brother Justin to the Ranch. There, at age 7, in accordance with Scientologists' belief that they are "Thetans," or immortal spirits, Jenna signed a billion-year contract.

    I tried to write my name in my best cursive, the way I'd been learning. I had goose bumps. Just like that, I committed my soul to a billion years of servitude to the Church of Scientology.

    Sea Org was run like the Navy: Members wore uniforms and managed all aspects of the church. Married members couldn't have kids; those who already did sent them to be raised communally.

    A Sea Org member was required to be on duty for at least 14 hours a day, seven days a week, with a break for an hour of 'family time.' I was too young to understand that seeing your parents only one hour a day was highly unusual.

    For more on this story, get this week's issue of PEOPLE magazine.

    Source, and open comments:
    www.people.com/people/article/0,,20669644,00.html
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  2. failboat Member

    http://www.heavy.com/news/2013/02/jenna-miscavige-hills-scientology-memoir-hits-stores-tuesday/
    (More at link)
    http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/02/jenna-miscavige-scientology-made-to-work-14-hours-daily-as-young-child/
    (More at link)
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  3. anon walker Moderator

    I think the first time you drop it in the tub might be the headsup you need...
  4. anon walker Moderator

    Since when do two white people make a black? Happens, but not often.
  5. Anonymous Member

    American Kennel Club is considering acceptance of a new breed, the Blowhound.
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  6. Anonymous Member

    Naw, haz a paperback book for the tub. Ereader in tub is off limits.

    BTW, Jenna's book is available in Canada.
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  8. Anonymous Member

    It happens when you squirrel teh tech.
  9. TrevAnon Member

    Inb4ListOfExScientologyDogs :D
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  12. Anonymous Member

    Wasn't she on "The Talk"?

    Jenna's book is one of the Editor`s Picks for best books for February at amazon.com. :cool:
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  15. RightOn Member

    oh crap that is right!
  16. failboat Member

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  17. RightOn Member

    Happy Early stats this week Mofos!
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  18. Albion Member

    Just past midnight here, so have posted a piece on Jenna's book at Infinite Complacency: not a review as such as the publishers didn't consider me worthy of a review copy.

    Using some material sent me years ago when I covered her spectacular coming out as a critic, with some value-added waffle.

    Military-style drilling, hard labour, harsh discipline: the niece of Scientology's leader recounts her childhood in a new book.

    http://infinitecomplacency.blogspot.com/2013/02/growing-up-in-sea-org.html
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  19. wolfbane Member

    Albion, your vale-added waffle is wonderfully delicious.
    /APPLAUSE
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  20. heatberd Member

    Jenna will also be on Piers Morgan/CNN tomorrow night (Feb 5), 9pm eastern.
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  21. jensting Member

    Well, my Kindle received its copy this morning :)
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  22. Albion Member

    Why thank you: have some coffee with that.
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  23. Anonymous Member

    IMO Albion/Jonny is one of the very few journalists - Quinn Norton being the other one - who really has their shit nailed down w/r/t Scientology and Anonymous.

    OK, Childs and Tobin.

    All right, Tony Ortega too (when he's not too believing of Martay).

    But still, a small and select group. An elite.
  24. Anonymous Member

    Oh yeah, Bryan Seymour in Australia. Although I think he's off on other things now.

    Also The Sweeney of course.

    Um, still it's not that many really.
  25. Anonymous Member

    Oh, and X at Private Eye.

    But apart from them...
  26. RightOn Member

    yay!! will tune it.
    hope someone tapes it
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  27. The Wrong Guy Member

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  28. Anonymous Member

    Jenna's on The View now.
  29. DeathHamster Member

    In Canada, you can see it on CTV.

    Whoopi Goldberg? Doesn't she have some Scino-friendly background?
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  30. Anonymous Member

    HA! Everyone in the audience is getting a free copy of the book. Read it and tell your friends, ladies!
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  31. RightOn Member

    YES!!!!!!!! SO HAPPY!!
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  32. RightOn Member

    she seemed a tad nervous to me, and more could have been said about the abuse, and the church made a point of interrupting the interview with their statements, but I love the reaction of Sheri (or whatever her name is) when she read the last COS statement. Which made COS look REAL bad

    GOOD JOB JENNA!
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  33. fishypants Moderator

    "disgruntled apostates"?
  34. RightOn Member

    I am really happy that she mentioned how little she saw her parents =WIN!!!!!
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  35. Anonymous Member

    "Tabloid stories"
  36. RightOn Member

    of course
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  37. fishypants Moderator

    Karen Pouw? "proven liars"?

    New book is a most palpable hit.
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  38. Anonymous Member

    sent email to Piers Morgan:
    blah blah blah disgruntled apostates blah blah blah BIG LIST here's link....
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  40. Puppetmama Member

    About a third into the book. She is remarkably fair in her descriptions, writing only what she perceived as a child and rarely coloring it with an adult (or wog world) opinion. She even manages to humanize Miscavige (!). I think ultimately the book will be more damning and not so easily dismissed (as the ravings of a bitter apostate) because of it.

    It is extremely well written though the ebook has some formatting errors; lines are missing at the ends of pages and repeating at the tops.
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