Practically Divine

Practically Divine

Becca Stevens


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There is no secret formula to experiencing the sacred in our lives--it just takes practice and practicality. 

No matter where we are—on a walk in the woods, in a sacred building, or in a dusty refugee camp—signs of love abound. When we allow ourselves to embrace both ordinary and extraordinary experiences, we can feel the divine anywhere.

You’re invited to search this path with Becca Stevens, as she explores what it means to be practically divine. Woven throughout the narrative strands are poetry and rants, as well as ruminations on her mother’s wit and wisdom—and the passion she instilled in Becca for creating something from nothing.

Embracing the practically divine compels us to do something, anything, to share in the feast of love together. When we start from wherever we are, we can recognize the potential for humor, wonder, and freedom. 

Experience is nine-tenths of love.

Standing in a geranium field, smelling dark soil fertilized by rabbit poop is different from reading about the healing properties of geraniums. Walking beside a woman in a refugee camp as she covers her baby’s face from the dry, red dust is different than imagining how hard it is for moms in camps. 

Our senses transform information into holy compassion. When we open our hearts to it, we can experience the divine anywhere - like sacred breadcrumbs marking our path. This path is filled with humor, humility, and honesty.

We can all learn to live a life that’s practically divine by:

  • Redefining old lies and stories, to learn from the past 
  • Appreciating the gifts that come from imperfections or trauma
  • Using creativity to spark new revolutions 
  • Accepting the chaos of the unknown before us with courage 
  • Sharing in a feast of love, knowing there’s enough mercy and forgiveness


Becca Stevens:


Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest, survivor of childhood sexual abuse, social justice innovator, and tireless advocate for women survivors in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, and around the world. Her belief that love heals is her message and the underlying theme behind everything she does.




Becca has founded seven justice organizations around the world and has helped raise more than fifty-five million dollars to lift women out of poverty and into freedom. She is a dynamic speaker and spirited leader who is in high demand for appearances at events across the globe. She speaks internationally, leads workshops and action groups, appears in countless media outlets, is the president of Thistle Farms and heads the national network of its sister organizations, and helps support her home chapel in Nashville, Tennessee.




Becca has been featured everywhere from NPR to the New York Times, the TODAY Show to ABC World News. She has been recognized as a Top 10 CNN Hero and a White House Champion of Change. She counts among her friends and supporters Brené Brown, Nicholas Kristof, and Jenna Bush Hager. She has experienced and listened to stories from women all over the world, always finding more signs of God’s love in even the most horrific circumstances. Those stories often bring as much laughter as tears. Her work is her joy.