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Jan 22 2020

CTLP Episode 151- In Pursuit of Love with Rebecca Bender

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Show Notes-

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa interviews Rebecca Bender, author of In Pursuit of Love: One Woman’s Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant. Rebecca is a survivor of human trafficking and is now a wife and mother with a busy speaking and advocacy schedule. She is passionate about teaching and about helping others realize that their stories matter. MacKenzie and Rebecca cover a variety of topics surrounding trauma, abuse and recovery, including:

  • How much MacKenzie identified with Rebecca’s story and why
  • Realizing that this kind of thing can happen to anyone and having grace for other people’s stories
  • How our brains are built to adapt to and cope with trauma
  • The gift of using different modalities in recovery from trauma
  • What it was like for Rebecca going back to Las Vegas and being in places she had been when she was trafficked
  • How trauma causes us to forget and block out memories

While we might not be able to 100% relate with each other’s stories, all of us have this root of desiring to love and be loved.

Rebecca Bender
  • Rebecca’s new life and passion for helping people know that their stories matter
  • Teaching our children to see the warning signs and take their time in relationships
  • Why Rebecca decided to start a podcast
  • The importance of training up our boys to be men of honor
  • A typical day in Rebecca’s life right now
  • Donate to Rebecca Bender’s Initiative campaign

Current Lovelies-

Rebecca: making time to be at with her daughters during a busy season

MacKenzie: taking time out to be extra present with her kids heading into a challenging season

Resources Mentioned-


In Pursuit of Love


T. D. Jakes

Bethel Sermon of the Week

Expression 58



Find Rebecca-

You can find Rebecca on her website and listen to her new Hood to Holy podcast. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at

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