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Writer Reflects On Faith And Its Loss In ‘When I Spoke In Tongues’

Houston writer Jessica Wilbanks talks about her book, When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss.

Jessica Wilbanks
Houston writer Jessica Wilbanks is the author of When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss.

When I Spoke In Tongues book

Houston writer Jessica Wilbanks grew up in a Pentecostal church in rural southern Maryland. But, at age 15, some events transpired that allowed her to re-examine her faith, and eventually she walked away from it completely.

She tells the story of that difficult, two-decade-long journey in her new book, When I Spoke In Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss.

In the audio above, she explains to Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty what led her to walk away, how that decision affected her relationship with her family, what a two-month-long trip to Nigeria helped her discover about her former faith, and how she views that faith now.

Wilbanks will hold a book launch at Brazos Bookstore Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.

Jessica Wilbanks
Writer Jessica Wilbanks poses in the Houston Matters studios.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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