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Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart Paperback – September 1, 2008
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In Find Your Way Home there are 24 rules...designed to provoke people into discovering that God loves you as you are right now. And that God loves the possibility within you. --The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, Episcopal Church
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In December of 2007 I wrote a blog, "The Human Side of Prostitution: Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy" reviewing a novel based on a real group of women, "The Sisters of Bethany", a unique Dominican Third Order of the Congregation of Saint Mary Magdalen. These were some wicked unique nuns, women who were previous felons, prostitutes, drug-addicts now committed to Jesus and transforming themselves and their culture. Reviewing Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy was such a pleasure, because I knew behind the fictional story's inspiration were real women living out lives of redemption after imprisonment. But this was all long ago, an order founded in the 1860's in France.
Well, through this new devotional book, Find Your Way Home I have found a modern day group order of women, here in the United States who are very similar to these Sisters of Bethany. Founded in 1997 in Nashville, TN, Magdalene helps women who have come out of lives of prostitution and drug addiction. The women of Magdalene have come out of correctional facilities or the streets, they have survived lives of abuse, prostitution and are experiencing a no cost, safe, disciplined, and compassionate community in which to recover and rebuild their lives.
Magdalene is a two-year residential community founded not just to help culture but to create culture itself. Their story and rule for living is simply written out in Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart.Read more ›
The remarkable elasticity of the Rule led to many adaptations and revisions -- and reforms -- down through the years. But I think that none even of the most ardent revisers or reformers would ever have conceived that an adaptation of the Rule would bring new life to scores of women who until that transformative encounter had been living on the streets as prostitutes and drug addicts. But as the old song says, grace is amazing.
A little over a decade old, Magdalene is a two-year residential and support community for women coming out of correctional facilities or off the street, from lives marked by abuse, prostitution and addiction. It began with the Reverend Becca Stevens, Episcopal chaplain at Saint Augustine's (Vanderbilt University). She conceived of creating a safe place for women, a place not merely as a house but as a home. We all know there is a difference, a crucial one.
We also know how sadly true it is for the church both to get and to give the second-best ("I'm buying a new microwave so I'll give the old one to the church..." You know how it goes.) Becca insisted that this whole would be a home properly furnished, with decent furniture and a real comfortable living room, and bedrooms with beds with clean sheets. It would also be located in a residential district; not just outside the prison doors or the city gates.Read more ›
The book is Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart by the Women of Magdalene with Becca Stevens.
The book arrived while I was getting ready for the Women, Action and the Media conference where I was scheduled to present a workshop on fighting sexual violence and even though I was eager to read it I didn't have time to do so until I was on the airplane. I read it from cover to cover and meant to review it immediately but again didn't have time to give this book the focus it deserves until today.
Too often books that highlight programs which help people are told only from the perspective of those who do the helping. The helpers are elevated far above those helped, but I didn't feel that stratification in this book.
Find Your Way Home has an introduction written by the founder of Magdalene, a residential community in Nashville, Tennessee for women who have survived lives of prostitution, violence and abuse. This intro provides valuable insight, but what makes this small but powerful book resonate are the words from the women who have stayed at Magdalene facilities. Their struggles are presented in a way that doesn't whitewash their past or their present challenges. It is their grounded hope, with the knowledge that hope isn't always enough, which makes this book something special.
The 24 principles of Magdalene are reflected in the 24 chapters of Find Your Way Home.Read more ›
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A personal look at the guiding principles of Magdalene group life. Thought-provoking and inspiring.Published 19 months ago by Elizabeth Darling
I rated this a 5 because it was easy reading and gives a lot of hope to women everywhere. It is wonderful to know that Thistle home survives and these simple yet true stories are... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Merlyn Law
Becca Stevens is amazing and so are the women of Thistle Farms good inspiring read nice to put beside the bedPublished on December 20, 2013 by Ashley Osborne
Excellent read for anyone helping women or working in the helping profession. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking understanding.Published on May 6, 2013 by joanna
It isn't often I read a book that makes me cry,laugh,pray,curse,forgive and ultimately realize the peace that comes with grace, but 'Find Your Way Home' managed to invoke all those... Read morePublished on March 29, 2009 by Sharon Cobb
I had several opportunities to spend time with the women of Magdalene over the past 10 years, and they are some of the most remarkable people I have ever met. Read morePublished on March 28, 2009 by Michael D. Kinman
Put together as a short devotional book, "Finding your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart" broke my heart and then inspired me. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by J. E. Rein
This short book is a collection of reflections by the women of Magdalene. Magdalene is a two-year residential community for women who have survived lives of prostitution, violence,... Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by Amazon Customer