I find religion kind of fascinating: why people are drawn to it; different beliefs; how religion affects society; whether religion in the world does more harm or more good. As far as organized religion, I’m not a big fan. The bigger and more powerful the church, the more the focus seems to shift from the good parts of religion to the ugly politics of power grabbing. Now, I’ve heard bits and pieces of the crazy that is Scientology, but I’ve always been a little fuzzy on the details. After having read Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape (2013) by Jenna Miscavige Hill (with Lisa Pulitzer), I think Scientology is on the far side of the power-grabbing spectrum of religion–although a cult may be a more accurate term.
Beyond Belief is the very personal story of Jenna [Miscavige] Hill, the niece of the current Scientology leader David Miscavige, and her life growing up and eventually getting out of Scientology. Click here for the full review as well as my rambling opinions on religion.
Great review, I’ll definitely be adding this to my list as the whole just fascinates me. As far as more factual things – have you read Going Clear? A lot of people have raved about that one as well (also on my list). Here’s the goodreads link to it: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16142053-going-clear
Thanks for the recommendation. I actually just saw a review for Going Clear on this site this morning and I added it to my list.