Sanctuary

Unexpected Places Where God Found Me

Paperback ISBN: 9780687494200
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Published September 2005

Sanctuary is about some unlikely and unexpected places where Becca Stevens has encountered God—a trail in the Andes, her son’s bathtub, Dorothy Day’s Hospitality House, the Kroger parking lot.  Sanctuary was nominated by Christianity Today as best spirituality book of 2005.

“I have never read a more direct and moving set of meditations. Becca Stevens has the most extraordinary gift for finding the ineffable in our ordinary old real world, and for making us feel it, too.”
     -Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls

“Becca Stevens’ meditations imagine an entire world and our part in it, as a place where God dwells. Instead of the tired effort of searching for God, she reminds us, like Francis Thompson’s ‘Hound of Heaven,’ that God can find us wherever we are.”
     -Charles Strobel, Founding Director, Campus for Human Development

 “Becca Stevens is my kind of preacher woman. Her ministry extends far beyond the walls of St. Augustine’s Chapel. Her words bring to life the miracles that abound in the mundane.”
     -Marshall Chapman, author of Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller

 “Sanctuary can be found in Becca Stevens’s elegant, exquisite, earnest pages.”
     -Alice Randall, author of The Wind Done Gone

Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest at St. Augustine’s Chapel on the Vanderbilt University campus. She is the founder of Magdalene, a residential community for women with a criminal history of prostitution and drug abuse, and the author of Hither & Yon: A Travel Guide for the Spiritual Journey, coming in September 2007.

Meet Becca Stevens in this video interview about her life, faith and experience with the women of Magdalene House.

About the Author

Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens books have grown out of her work as chaplain of St. Augustine's Chapel at Vanderbilt University, and as founder and director of Magdalene, a residential community for women with a criminal history of drug abuse and prostitution. Her work with Magdalene has earned national attention and spawned both a cottage industry, Thistle Farms, and related programs here and overseas.

To date, she has raised nearly $13 million and gained nationwide press coverage for the organizations she supports. She has won numerous awards from organizations including the Frist Foundation and the Academy of Women in Achievement. She has been named the "Alumnus of the Year" by the School of Theology at the University of the South, "Nashvillian of the Year" by the Nashville Scene and "Tennessean of the Year" by The Tennessean. In October 2011, she was recognized as a "Champion of Change" by the Obama White House. She has written a number of articles, is a widely traveled speaker, and has both a blog and podcasts available online at www.beccastevens.org. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons, Levi, Caney, and Moses.