Yesterday, my sister called as I was playing tour guide to visitors from Lapland. She said she had heard an interview with a Laestadian on NPR. That's a first, I thought.
Later, I picked up my husband from the airport and he said "did you hear the interview on NPR?"
I came home and found it here. Have a listen.
It is Hanna Pylvainen, talking about her book with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
"When I left, I was treated by my friends outside of the church as if I was liberated . . . I was free, I had thrown off the shackles of this oppressive church . . . actually I was going through tremendous mourning. It was this exact feeling . . . that to leave isn't freedom, that made me want to write the book."