Thursday, February 12, 2015

TBR Pile: Snake Oil by Rev. Becca Stevens


"In the world of snake oils, you have to see the world a little differently. Where others see poverty, you see riches; where others see weeds, you see flowers; where others see sickness, you see openness." 

Becca Stevens calls herself a "snake oil seller": She takes natural oils, mixes them with a good story, sells them in an open market and believes they help to heal the world. Becca is the founder of Thistle Farms, one of the most successful examples in the US of a social enterprise whose mission is the work force. She is also the founder of its residential program, Magdalene. The women of Magdalene/Thistle Farms have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction, and the natural body care products they manufacture-balms, soaps, and lotions-aid in their own healing as well as that of the people who buy them. The book weaves together the beginnings of the enterprise with individual stories from Becca's own journey as well as 20 women in the community. 

In Snake Oil, Becca tells how the women she began helping fifteen years ago have been the biggest source of her own healing from sexual abuse and her father's death as a child. Wise and reflective, Snake Oil offers an empowering narrative as well as a selection of recipes for healing remedies that readers can make themselves.


Published March 12th 2013 by Jericho Books

Available: Amazon | The Book Depository (affiliate links)

Why I Want to Read This:

Becca Stevens writes about enacting truth and justice in a beautiful, poetic, cozy way. Sometimes it's hard to hear truth, especially if it's not exactly in your favor at the moment, so the fact that she very adeptly and coherently describes her own goals makes her writing some of the most powerful that I have ever read. 

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