Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snake Oil

Thistle Farms is excited to announce the coming release of Snake Oil: The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling from founder Becca StevensHistorically, snake oil salesman have had reputations as swindlers, their oils claiming to cure any ailment or ache while in the end only emptying a customer’s pockets. In Becca's latest book, she talks about her desire to reclaim the idea of being a snake oil salesman:  
“I knew I needed to reclaim the title in a more positive light. After all, I had all the tools I needed to sell the promise of healing. I had a heart full of gratitude, a fair amount of brokenness, a healthy dose of skepticism, a hankering for entrepreneurship, and a big desire to help the underdog. All of those ingredients, mixed with being a priest and advocate for women on the streets, created a recipe for changing lives.” 
Woven through-out the book are individual stories of the women of Magdalene, along with recipes for healing oils and salves and meditations from Becca about their use.

In conjunction with the book, Thistle Farms is launching a new line of healing oils. The recipes have been used for thousands of years in cultures around the world, both for spiritual and physical healing. The hope is that these oils would reflect the values of this community and would be a new way to heal the skin, soothe stress and world-weary spirits, and help bring women off the streets. We hope you will come alongside the women of Magdalene in this journey of healing.

You are invited to attend a special event to celebrate the release of a book Snake Oil as well as the launch of the Healing Oils line: March 12, 6:15pm, at the Nashville Downtown Public Library. The Salon@615 event, sponsored by Parnassus Books, the Nashville Public Library and Humanities TennesseeBecca will be speaking and signing books. Thistle Farms products will also be on sale.

The event is free. The Salon@615 site references a 'free ticketed' event but tickets and registration are not necessary. Advanced, ticketed seats were offered, but are no longer available. But there is still plenty of room at the event. Join us! 

Visit the Salon@615 site for more info. 

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