After experiencing sexual
abuse as a child, the Reverend Becca Stevens created a nonprofit to help women
who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction find sanctuary and
security. This is her—and their—story.
Becca Stevens calls herself a “snake oil
salesman”—in a positive sense. The social enterprise she founded, Thistle
Farms, provides purpose and employment to abused women, providing them with the
economic well-being to begin new lives. The natural body care products that
Thistle Farms manufactures—balms, soaps, and lotions, whose ingredients include
essential oils—aid in the healing of the women who make them as well as that of
the company’s customers.
In Snake Oil,
Stevens tells how her childhood, marked by sexual abuse and her father’s tragic
death, equipped her with the insight to understand other broken lives, leading
her to establish the Magdalene residential community for prostitutes and,
later, Thistle Farms. Wise and reflective, Snake
Oil offers an empowering narrative as well as a selection of recipes for
healing remedies that readers can make themselves. Download and start listening now!