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Speaking In Tongues

Tom Tilley



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01 May 2022
When you no longer believe in eternity, every moment counts -- A memoir of breaking free and reinvention
From the outside, Tom Tilley's childhood seemed ordinary. The first son of a pastor, he grew up in a beautiful country town where life revolved around football, his loving family and their Pentecostal faith. But behind church doors, a strictly enforced set of rules included a looming ultimatum: if Tom didn't speak in tongues, he'd go to hell and be outcast from his close-knit, devout community.

The older Tom became, the more he questioned the teachings of the church, especially around speaking in tongues. And the more he heard about his parents' adventurous lives before they found God, the more he wanted the freedom to make those 'mistakes' that the church forbade. Eventually, after years of suppressing his doubts in silence, Tom spoke up. Having the courage to do so came at a huge personal cost, leading to a decision that would take his family to breaking point. What happened next is surprising, and Tom's journey to independence will inspire readers to ask what's true in their own lives and who they really are.

Told with empathy and searing honesty, Speaking in Tongues is a powerful coming-of-age story about questioning the life created for you and building your true self, one recycled brick at a time.

Imprint:   ABC
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   383g
ISBN:   9780733341021
ISBN 10:   0733341020
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tom Tilley is the host of Australia's fastest growing news podcast, The Briefing. As the host of triple j's nightly news and currents affairs program Hack, Tom Tilley spoke to half a million national radio listeners each week for 12 years, with the Hack podcast reaching half a million listeners per month. He's interviewed prime ministers and senior ministers from all sides of politics, as well as people such as Melinda Gates, Al Gore, Pussy Riot, Tim Winton, Julian Assange, Mick Fanning and Rosie Batty. Tom has also presented the Hack Live TV series on ABC2 and has appeared on Foreign Correspondent, 7.30, hosted The Drum, was a regular guest on News Breakfast, and has filled in for Richard Glover on ABC 702 Sydney. A popular event MC, Tom plays bass in the pop act Client Liaison. Together they've played Splendour in the Grass, the Falls Festival, Field Day, Listen Out, and many others, and have toured extensively. Speaking in Tongues is his first book.

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