“Love heals and the real story is hope.”

Christmas is a time of giving and going beyond our selves to lift up others.  Becca Stevens (find her on Twitter, too!) is the living embodiment of this 365 days a year.  So I could think of no one better to have on as we approach the 25th of December than my inspiring friend.

On top of that, please buy the wonderful products from Thistle Farms as gifts.  These are top-notch items that also support a beautiful mission.  I use several of them and have given them to my friends.  The verdict is unanimous: they are fabulous.

On top of that Saint Becca has a new book out, Love Heals, that is quite touching and deeply inspiring.

I have admired Becca for years, both for the work she does and the love she embodies.  This amazing woman has touched so many lives and hearts, across the planet with her inspired vision of healing.  It is truly an honor to have her appear on the show and share her humble wisdom with us.

BECCA STEVENS is many things…an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, founder and President of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, and CNN. In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change” for her work against domestic violence.

Recently, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears,” named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South.

She regularly keynotes at national events, business gatherings, morning worship in churches as well as universities and colleges across the country inspiring young adults to live into their ideals. She is an international voice for the growing global movement for women’s freedom and a fervently hopeful and determinedly loving champion for the marginalized.

She lives in Nashville, TN where she serves as an Episcopal priest and lives with her Grammy-winning songwriter husband and three sons.

Thistle Farms is a powerful community of women who are healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. We employ more than 45 survivors through our social enterprises which include Thistle Farms Home & Body, Thistle Stop Cafe, artisan studio, and Thistle Farms Global. Started in 1997 by Rev. Becca Stevens under the name Magdalene, Thistle Farms includes a two-year residential program and advocacy services for up to 700 women yearly.

We provide education and training annually through speaking events and immersion workshops. Thistle Farms and Becca Stevens have been featured on numerous national platforms including the The Today ShowA Path Appears on PBS, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and NPR. Thistle Farms stands for the truth that, in the end, love is the most powerful force for change in the world.