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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.

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 listeners to ask what's true in their own lives and who they really are.

©2022 Tilley Media Pty Ltd. Tom Tilley asserts their moral right to be identified as the author of this Work. First published in English by HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Limited in 2022. (P)2022 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd. This audio version produced by arrangement with HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Limited.

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loved it. was good to hear someone else's story of their struggles through rci. thank you Tom Tilley

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And all the people said, amen.

As an ex-revivalist, this was a wonderfully honest, heartfelt take on ideas and processes that remain important to me. The story is an excellent view into the world of fundamentalist Pentecostalism.

Courage matters most when it unlocks the same in others, and Tom’s voice will invite you into an intimate journey of awakening and may encourage thoughtful consideration of faith and growth, whether or not you hail from such ideological beginnings.

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Interesting read

This book is a mirror of my life 🤯 only difference was I was in Adelaide Revival Fellowship
Tom brought back soooooo many memories, the bad and the good
Well written & it came at a good time in my life!

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Definitely not a Hack!

Tom's familiar voice and gripping story are like an oodie for the soul!
I didn't want to stop, and found myself
ùstening in the driveway after work and in the carpark, late for work!
Tom's story helped me re-visit my own spiritual origins and near miss with the Revivalists.

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Thanks Tom Tilley and family for being so honest

Toms a gorgeous human being and I appreciate the strength it took for his whole family to support this book being written.

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Speaking In Tongues by Tom Tilley

Wow Tom I dont know how you came out so normal . My mum was 1 of 15 me 1 of 6 and I had 4 1 deseased 3 living Tom life is hard enough with out religion...But iam shuffed you came out fine 💜💜💜💜

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Wow!

As an avid listener of Toms days on Triple J whilst playing bass in the band, I never would have imagined this back story. He’s not afraid to ask the hard questions, call people/ himself out or tell it how it is.
I really enjoyed this book, so much that I’m still thinking about it weeks later. Really well told, and an interesting listen.

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Loved it.

Thank you Tom for sharing your unique story and to the Tilley family for their generosity in supporting this endeavour.

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Incredible story

Loved hearing this incredible coming of age story, and a fascinating insight for those of us who grew up listening to Tom on Hack.

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I found this book very relatable as I too grew up in The Revival Centre but was then in The Revival Fellowship when the split happened and then for my own reasons left The Revival Fellowship in 2019.
I thought Tom shared his story/experience in a very respectful way and explained everything very well.
I know many people including myself who could write their own book on their experiences with the Revival Centres International and the Revival Fellowship.

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