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Letters from the Farm

Resource of the Month
Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path of a Deeper Spiritual Life
by Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens, best-selling author, high-profile social activist, and one of the premiere preachers in the U.S., extolls the power of love in this new collection of essays intended for everyone from church leaders to seekers.

“Love is my grounding,” says Becca Stevens. “It provides the axioms that inform and govern what I do. First is that love is the most powerful source for social change in the world. Second is that love heals. I’m not called to change the world. I am called to love it.”

“All spiritual paths can be walked more gracefully by avoiding the pitfall of disillusionment and not getting distracted by the bright lights of ego that have led countless priests far afield. Following simple road signs like courage, humility, forgiveness, compassion, and faithfulness that others have put at the crossroads for me has made the work possible and left me grateful. I want to pass along through these letters a tradition of a priesthood that is grounded in the idea that love heals and healing is the central-most sacrament of the church.”

Read the Introduction to the book by clicking here.

Read a sample letter from the book by clicking here.

Volume 1: Issue 6
December 2015
Heather Gordon YoungAuthor Spotlight
Heather Gordon-Young

HEATHER GORDON-YOUNG is a Canadian and an Anglican, a blogger, and a speaker who writes from her lived experience of illness, loss, and spiritual recovery. She is the executive director of a non-profit that supports vulnerable children and families, often with mental health and addiction issues. She lives in Powell River, British Columbia.

Fireflies recounts Heather’s quest to find light to ease the darkness and suffering she encounters in the world as her beloved older brother is enveloped by mental illness. Her journey for answers takes her from small-town British Columbia to Zimbabwe and exposes her to spiritual and religious settings from 12-step programs to fundamentalism, from Anglicanism to African evangelicalism. She presents her experiences without judgment, and her story reflects where religion helps and where it fails to help find meaning in the midst of life’s most painful challenges.

Fireflies offers a powerful, engrossing, and beautifully written spiritual memoir of pain and hope, and challenges the church to deal with and support those struggling with mental illness and their families.

To view the video trailer, click here.

To learn more about Fireflies, click here.

To read an excerpt from Fireflies, click here.

Click here to read an interview with Heather about her life and ministry.

Click here to visit Heather’s website.


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