Cancel anytime. Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape. From Rugby League players trying to improve their game, to Hollywood superstars and the depressed sons of media moguls, Scientology has recruited its share of famous Australians. Less known is that Australia was the first place to ban Scientology, or that Scientology spies helped expose the Chelmsford Deep Sleep Scandal.
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The local townspeople were told that Scientology lectures and films were being made there. But is that all that is happening there? It is the location of a multi-million dollar home for L. Ron Hubbard, built twodecades after his controversial death. It is the home The International Base of Scientology. It is the home of Scientologys current leader, David Miscavige.
Rumor has it that high ranking Scientology celebrities such as Tom Cruise have been there. So what really happens at the Int Base? Are the stories on the internet true? How does Scientology conduct management of its day to day operations?
Reports from former members have shown up here and there over the past 20 years. Could stories of armed guards, weapons, staff beatings, and razor wire fences surrounding the entire property be true? If so, how could a facility like this exist in modern day America? Hundreds of staff had made attempts to escape over the years. Some had succeeded but had never been seen or heard of again, but most had failed.
Marc knew it would not be easy getting out of the Scientology compound. Why were people kept here? Why did more people not attempt to escape over the years? What was it that went on at the International headquarters of Scientology? This is the story of what happened behind the Iron Curtain of Marc Headley provides a rare, never before seen insider's look at life inside Scientology.
He spent 15 years at their secret headquarters - a acre property located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told lectures and films were made there. But is that all that was happening? Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his death. It is the home of Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige. So what really happens there? Could stories of armed guards, weapons, staff beatings, and razor wire fences be true? Hundreds of staff tried to escape over the years.
Some succeeded but were never seen or heard of again, most failed. What was it that went on at the headquarters of Scientology? This is the story of what happened behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blown for Good , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 04, Polstar rated it really liked it. Perhaps I'm biased but I did like this book, possibly because every chapter was named after a Depeche Mode song, but surely that couldn't have just been it?
I have an interest in cults, possibly because I was raised in quite a cultish religion myself; Jehovah's Witnesses. However much I find out about Scientology, I still couldn't quite fathom how they have such control over their members.
Blown For Good sheds some light on the crazy mind-control that the 'church' has over it's followers. Althoug Perhaps I'm biased but I did like this book, possibly because every chapter was named after a Depeche Mode song, but surely that couldn't have just been it? Although this isn't the most well-written first hand account the lack of style also reflects the insanity that the author lived through.
Of course I came to this book as a critic of Scientology but if you like to read books which make you gasp at 'man's inhumanity to man' and if you also dislike Tom Cruise intensely as I do then this is the book for you. View 1 comment. Aug 09, Andrea rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Those fascinated by human rights violating cults.
Shelves: read-in How this turd of a cult is allowed to function and retain tax exemption status in this country is beyond me. Jul 11, Jacquelyn rated it really liked it Shelves: own , memoirs , cults. Scientology is a cult that convinces you to relinquish every last shred of your autonomy, pay thousands of dollars to have your personality picked apart, and puts you back together the way Scientology Chairman of the Board COB , Dave Miscavige, wants you to be. I say Miscavige and not L.
Ron Hubbard because Miscavige is the one who has been editing all of Hubbard's writings the past few decades, so unless you get your hands on early editions, there's no telling where Hubbard's ideas end and Mis Scientology is a cult that convinces you to relinquish every last shred of your autonomy, pay thousands of dollars to have your personality picked apart, and puts you back together the way Scientology Chairman of the Board COB , Dave Miscavige, wants you to be. Ron Hubbard because Miscavige is the one who has been editing all of Hubbard's writings the past few decades, so unless you get your hands on early editions, there's no telling where Hubbard's ideas end and Miscavige's begin.
The COB wants one of two things from you. The first is money. Lots of money. Hubbard wanted this too. The more money you give, the more they'll pick you apart and tell you how well you're doing, and you can move up the "Bridge" of knowledge and secrets, where even more things will be revealed to you for even more money.
And if you're a celebrity, you'll be given special treatment. Big birthday parties and gifts, medals of honor, you name it. If you don't have money to give, you'll be helping the COB make money. The second thing he wants from you is hard labor. If you want to be a Scientologist but don't have money, you can join their forces and work for that knowledge and those secrets. You also have to sever contact with any family who isn't in Scientology and if they're in Scientology, you can only have contact with them as long as they're not declared a "suppressive person" SP , otherwise known as anyone who has anything bad to say about the organization, ever.
When you try to leave, you will be found and dragged back, put on toilet duty or cleaning floors with toothbrushes for the rest of your life, and constantly supervised. Or, like Marc Headley, they may just run you off the road.
It's easy to see why one of Scientology's main missions is to "destroy psychology" as a study and profession. They don't want people seeing psychologists, as they say that it harms rather than helps people realize their full potential.
But whereas psychology's aim is to create mentally healthy, stable, autonomous individuals through the study of the mind, Scientology's aim in using similar personality-probing methods is to create followers who enthusiastically do whatever it takes to get more money into the organization. Psychology tries to heal the mind. Scientology breaks it. No wonder they're so against it: psychology is their biggest competitor, and it creates people who think for themselves. The horror! In "Blown for Good", Marc recounts his fifteen years in Scientology and his eventual break with the organization.
If you don't know much about Scientology, this book isn't a very good introduction.
Blown for Good
Cancel anytime. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on, and followed, and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church's spokesman on camera, and his infamous 'exploding tomato' clip was seen by millions around the world.
Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
Find out what happens behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology and get your copy today! Both hardback and paperback versions are now available! You can also order the Kindle version direct from Amazon. The acre property is located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told lectures and films were made there.