"“Love is my grounding,” says Becca Stevens. “It provides the axioms that inform and govern what I do. First is that love is the most powerful source for social change in the world. Second is that love heals. I’m not called to change the world. I am called to love it.”
“All spiritual paths can be walked more gracefully by avoiding the pitfalls of disillusionment and not getting distracted by the bright lights of ego that have led countless priests far afield. Following simple road signs like courage, humility, forgiveness, compassion, and faithfulness that others have put at the crossroads for me
has made the work possible and left me grateful. I want to pass along through these letters a tradition of a priesthood that is grounded in the idea that love heals and healing is the central-most sacrament of the church.”"
Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life
The social activist who founded Thistle Farms, one of CNN’s “Heroes,” writes about the healing power of love in this compelling collection of essays.
“Love is the most powerful source for social change in the world.”
As the founder of Thistle Farms—a community of women survivors of addiction, prostitution, and trafficking—Becca Stevens has seen firsthand the miraculous therapeutic effects of love. In this collection of letters, she calls on her experiences helping these women in need to give readers the tools to avoid disillusionment and the distraction of ego on their journey through an often-challenging world.
While written to inspire seminarians, priests, and pastors across denominational lines, Letters from the Farm will also profoundly resonate with social workers, activists, caregivers, and anyone who wants to cultivate the seeds of courage, humility, and compassion on their path to a grounded, more meaningful life.
“Becca Stevens writes as she lives and works and speaks with a fierce tenderness and an extravagant trust in God’s endless mercy. The letters in this book are written to all of us who long to cultivate such a life. They are an invitation to look for the bounty and beauty growing all around us.” —Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
“Becca ‘paints’ each letter with gentle brush strokes, reminding us of living truths long forgotten or drowned out by busyness and shame. . . . This is not a book to be skimmed or plowed through but sipped, savored, and even prayed.” —Mike Kinman, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, and board president, Magdalene St. Louis
“A beautiful book demonstrating the power of God’s healing love. Wherever you are in your faith journey these letters, with their compassion and humanity and passion for justice, will encourage you to deepen your faith.” —Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University
About the Author
Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms, an enterprise run by a community of women survivors. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News and PR, and was recently named a 2016 CNN Hero and a White House “Champion of Change.” She was featured in the PBS documentary, A Path Appears, named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America, and inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.
Print Length : 160 pages
Language: : English
ASIN : B00WAPOTIM
Word Wise : Enabled
Publication Date : June 1, 2015
File Size : 442 KB
Lending : Not Enabled
Publisher : Morehouse Publishing (June 1, 2015)