Funeral for a Stranger

Thoughts on Life and Love

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Funeral for a Stranger
Paperback ISBN: 9781426702440
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Published August 2009

Poignant anecdotes, musings, stories, and theological insights on life and love

I have seen water move rocks. I have seen thistles break through boulders.

If water and flowers can move stones, surely love can.

Becca Stevens, from Funeral for a Stranger

In this meditation on living and dying, Becca Stevens shares moving and hilarious stories about her life, love, friends, and our many families. 

This delicately formed narrative is also a window into the soul of a priest. I loved it and will hold it in my heart with gratitude for years to come.

-Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why


Loneliness finds connections, depair meets celebration, and fear discovers faith. Join Becca on her journey to a funeral for a stranger. God will be there.
-Don Schlitz, Hall of Fame songwriter of The Gambler


With elegant simplicity Becca Stevens escorts the reader to the banks of the deepest spiritual wellspring.   Surely she ranks among our most gifted teachers on the things that matter most of all.

-Stephen Bauman, author of Simple Truths: On Values, Civility, and Our Common Good

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 She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons, Levi, Caney, and Moses.