When Becca Stevens opened a home for five women survivors of trafficking, addiction, and prostitution called Magdalene in 1997, she never imagined it would grow into the world-changing nonprofit Thistle Farms has become. A priest, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur, Becca set out to provide sanctuary and healing for women society has historically not served or seen. More than 20 years later, those efforts have exponentially grown and are housed under Thistle Farms, a multifaceted, international nonprofit still spearheaded by Becca. Becca has continued to lead important conversations in demanding ways, including writing 10 books and delivering talks across the country. Her 2017 book, Love Heals, generated widespread acclaim thanks to its empathetic but pragmatic spiritual guidance. A graduate of the University of the South and Vanderbilt Divinity School, she also holds multiple honorary doctorate degrees. Becca lives in Nashville with her husband, Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.
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