- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: NavPress (October 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163146602X
- ISBN-13: 978-1631466021
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas Paperback – October 1, 2016
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"What a grand and surprising book this is . . . Fields is a remarkable writer, very talented, very wise. She is, by vocation, not only a writer, but a fisher-person doing her work with her family on a remote island off the coast of mainland Alaska. This book includes some vivid telling of her wild experiences fishing in the dangerous seas of the Pacific Northwest. But here's the thing: besides being a woman's wilderness memoir and story of life in Alaska, it is also a study of faith. Crossing the Waters is a tremendous book, what review Mark Galli calls, 'a rare gift.'"
"Crossing the Waters" does what it promises to do: 'lead us across the waters of time and culture' into a new experience with Jesus and his 'rag-tag fishermen-disciples.' It beckons us to a deeper understanding of the life to which Jesus calls his followers---one that requires persistence, sacrifice, faithfulness and dependence---and in doing so, reminds us that our faith is never misplaced." ----Suanne Camfield, The Englewood Review of Books
This book is a rare gift. It pulses with story and theology, with lived suffering and quiet joy, with vast mysteries and a strong Savior. The question is not whether you can put it down―because that will be hard―but whether you have the good sense first to pick it up, and read. (Mark Galli, Editor in Chief, Christianity Today)
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Crossing the Waters isn't your typical "Christian Life/Spiritual Growth book." It doesn't attempt to solve life issues with formulas. Fields dives into murky waters and surfaces with questions and feelings that plague us all. Any reader will identify with Fields' transparent heart and her question: What does it mean to follow Jesus in the midst of our flesh-and-blood everyday lives? But as she writes about her faith struggles and the disciples' struggles, she always takes the reader back to Jesus. Fields doesn't minimize the pain in today's world, but she shows us how God saves us through the storm and suffering. She speaks to our fears and doubts, reminding us that Jesus is enough.
I've been a Christian fro 42 years and have read boatloads of books on spiritual growth. Crossing the Waters is among the best. I'm not surprised it won Christianity Today's 2017 Book Award for Christian Living/Discipleship. The study guide at the end of the book also makes it wonderful to read and discuss with others, whether for a book group or Bible study group.
My only regret is that I can't give it a ten star rating.
Crossing the Waters is an honest book. It mingles Alaskan and Palestinian waters seamlessly, refreshingly free from tiresome gospel platitudes. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of what it means to follow the Master Fisherman. You will come to know four flawed, hardy fishing partners and gather a wealth of Galilean lore.
Not interested in theology? Read Crossing Waters anyhow. Enjoy the stories and judge for yourself whether Leslie’s different take on Christianity makes sense. It sure does to me. I’ll be adding more of her writings to my must-read pile.