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Publisher's Summary

After experiencing sexual abuse as a child, the Rev. 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 - bring healing comfort to the company's customers, too.
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.
©2013 Becca Stevens (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ann on 09-16-15

Love everything Becca Stevens

Where does Snake Oil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Way up there

What other book might you compare Snake Oil to and why?

Anne Lamott's stuff

What about Becca Stevens’s performance did you like?

Her voice is lovely and true

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, but couldn't

Any additional comments?

Hoping to visit Thistle Farms

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kristi on 02-08-15

Loved her story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I've already given it to a friend. It is a terrific story about Becca's growing up, and what led her to start Magdalene Farms. And I loved the essential oils recipes.

What does Becca Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's her own experiences, so it's always best to hear from the author. She has a really kind voice, and you can hear her care for others.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The hurts that happen to us can be made into something that empowers us.

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