Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus Through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas

Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus Through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas

Crossing the Waters Following Jesus Through the Storms the Fish the Doubt and the Seas Get ready for the wettest stormiest wildest trip through the Gospel you ve ever taken The gospels are dramatic wild and wet set in a rich maritime culture on the shores of the Sea of Galilee Jesus

  • Title: Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus Through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas
  • Author: Leslie Leyland Fields
  • ISBN: 9781631466021
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Get ready for the wettest, stormiest, wildest trip through the Gospel you ve ever taken The gospels are dramatic, wild, and wet set in a rich maritime culture on the shores of the Sea of Galilee Jesus first disciples were ragtag fishermen, and Jesus messages and miracles teem with water, fish, fishermen, net breaking catches, sea crossings, boat sinking storms, and eveGet ready for the wettest, stormiest, wildest trip through the Gospel you ve ever taken The gospels are dramatic, wild, and wet set in a rich maritime culture on the shores of the Sea of Galilee Jesus first disciples were ragtag fishermen, and Jesus messages and miracles teem with water, fish, fishermen, net breaking catches, sea crossings, boat sinking storms, and even a walk on water Because this world is foreign and distant to us, we ve missed much about the disciples experiences and about following Jesus until now Leslie Leyland Fields a well known writer, respected biblical exegete, and longtime Alaskan fisherwoman crosses the waters of time and culture to take us out on the Sea of Galilee, through a rugged season of commercial fishing with her family in Alaska, and through the waters of the New Testament.You ll be swept up in a fresh experience of the gospels, traveling with the fishermen disciples from Jesus baptism to the final miraculous catch of fish and also experiencing Leslie s own efforts to follow Christ out on her own Alaskan sea In a time when so many are unfollowing Jesus and leaving the Church, Crossing the Waters delivers a fresh encounter with Jesus and explores what it means to come, follow me.

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    I really liked this book more than I expected. I wasn't sure if the stories and the interplay with Biblical past would mesh well into the author's own life and experiences but it sure did. I also enjoyed learning about the Alaskan fishing life and I think that her journey to Israel seem to fit quite well, a very good read.

    Thoreau once said that because he could not afford to travel, he was “Made to study and love this spot of earth more and more.” Author Leslie Leyland Fields gave me that same sense of place as she writes about life as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. She also breathes new life into old Bible stories as she relooks at the disciples in the storm, Jesus calling fishermen to be his disciples and the day Jesus said, "Come. Follow Me." The imagery is excellent. I will never look at jellyfish the [...]

    Leslie Fields provides the unique perspective of a real-life fisherman as she retells the stories of Jesus and his disciples alongside her own experiences as an Alaskan fisherman. An entertaining devotional for those looking for something new and exciting to deepen their Christian faith. Just reading the accomplishments she's done as a fisherman alone makes this a great read.

    I had been waiting eagerly for Leslie Leyland Fields' new memoir to appear. Her previous Alaskan and Christian memoir left me breathless, Surviving the Island of Grace. What new and masterful merging of her life's stories and her Christian wisdom would come from her pen? So that's the background. Four days ago, I tore open the envelope and there was Crossing the Waters. My next two days did not belong to me. Fields held me in her grip while I streaked through her book, eagerly rejoicing, eagerl [...]

    We all have books that become milestones in this life's journey. "Crossing The Waters" just became my latest marker.Leslie Leyland Fields led me through the hard parts of faith so I could more honestly examine my own life as a Christ-follower. Fields tackles the difficult issues of suffering, the existence of hell, broken relationships, unrealized promises of Scripture, and so much more. Through her vulnerability, she drew me along (nodding my head as I too have struggled) and softened my heart [...]

    I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.I really enjoyed this book. It takes a unique, and often overlooked approach to the Gospels, a look at the life of a fisherman and how it relates to Jesus' teachings. I've never been to Alaska, or on a fishing boat, or even in the ocean deeper than my waist, but Leslie has and this is both a testimonial story, and a reflection on what the Gospels really say. The Bible can often be understood both literally and theologically, b [...]

    Leslie is a gifted storyteller who not only presents her compelling personal stories with depth and clarity, but also breathes fresh life into even familiar gospel narratives. A surprising page-turner. Highly recommend.

    Dramatic, Wild, and Wetdisciples were called away from the water for the three years of His public ministry, Leslie and her family have lived the fierce call to remain on the water.Memoir runs seamlessly from past to present, from Alaska to Israel, and glorious truth landed like spray on the bow of my boat:The following life can be a leaving behind of what is dear, but it may also be a staying put while others leave. Those of us whose nests are emptying out before our incredulous eyes know the b [...]

    Crossing the Waters isn't your everyday "Christian Life Spiritual Growth book." It doesn't attempt to solve life issues with formulas. Fields dives into deep issues and surfaces with questions and feelings that perplex us all. Any reader will identify with Fields' heart and her question: What does it mean to follow Jesus in the midst of our carnality, sin issue's, and everyday lives? But as she writes about her faith hurdles and the disciples' struggles, she always takes the reader back to Jesus [...]

    Crossing the Waters, by Leslie Leyland Fields, is a book that speaks to me. Reading the Bible has always been an active pursuit for me. While I read, I envision what it is the author of the book is saying and feeling. This book explores Jesus and his disciples and all the miracles they saw and the parables and messages they shared.The author, a fisherwoman herself, is able to take her experiences and place them, and us in the Sea of Galilee. She shows us how to find faith through hard times and [...]

    This book is wonderfully written. I love the parallels and insights into fishing in the holy land of Israel and the great land of Alaska. As the book closes, I cry tears of sadness and shame like Peter who didn't really understand and who was sad at how life had turned out and yet hopeful and so grateful that God is still with me. I feel disqualified from making a difference in others lives because my marriage ended. Yet, I see how Jesus lovingly shows Peter there is still work to do and he stil [...]

    A fresh glimpse of the life of a fishermen who left everything to follow Jesus!In Crossing the Waters, Leslie Leyland Fields takes us through the treacherous waters of her own faith journey and gives us a glimpse of the life of a modern-day fisherman. You will cross some dangerous Alaskan seas with her as she sails through her own family’s journey as fishermen. She paints a beautiful picture of her Alaskan adventures as she describes the joys and the terrors of her life as she crosses the wate [...]

    This is the second book I have read by this author, and in both books I was astounded by the amount of work her life involves. Cold, wet, dangerous, dirty, back-breaking work. Fields applies how a fisherman thinks and works to the fishermen Jesus called as his disciples as her stories go back and forth between Alaska and her trip to Israel. The correlations between her ocean and the Sea of Galilee and the lessons learned made the New Testament come to life in a new way.

    This was a surprising read for me. I appreciated her honest life stories of joy and loss, and her wrestling with her faith in her portrayal of her life as a fisherwoman in Alaska along with her experiences visiting the Sea of Galilee. I did not read this using the included study guide but it looks helpful to use for a re-reading of this book.

    The author is an Alaskan fisherman who gives her own perspective on following Jesus. It shed much light on how the early disciples of Jesus would have followed Jesus as fishermen themselves.

    Crossing the watersAmazing story brought the disciples alive and loved the part about the sea of Galilee and the people and places and of the closeness of your family

    Leslie is an open book, she's real and loves to share the bare bones of her life. I wasn't ten pages into the book when I wanted to set it aside and read the Gospels again. They are powerful, the fishermen are real, and she knows what the fisher life is all about. The bonus of her best book yet is a study guide in the back. I will never think of those fishermen the same way again.

    While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and [...]

    On the shores of Galilee you could always find fishermen readying their nets to launch out into the water or bringing in their catch to sort out what God had provided. These men weathered by years on the sea and tanned until their skin became leathery understood the wind and the waves, their unpredictability and risks. And so it was here that Jesus would call his first disciples from this lot of fishermen. Leslie Leyland Fields and her family are just those sorts of fishermen living the life of [...]

    A perspective-refreshing journey through the gospels with a guide who herself has ridden the turbulent seas. Living in a part of the world that forces its inhabitants to rely on God and each other, Leslie Leyland Fields has a beautiful way of wrestling with her own sinfulness, God's faithfulness, and His abundant grace. Never have I seen the gospel lived out as clearly as I saw it during my week on Harvester Island with Leslie during her first writing workshop. Arms open, table shared, love and [...]

    Combining stories from her life in Alaska with the Gospel, Leslie Leyland Fields paints a vivid picture of several Biblical stories pertaining to water. Because she has spent so much time on the water (she and her family are commercial fishermen), Fields is able to explain many of the stories in a different light.For example, I've heard sermons on Matthew 7, where Jesus speaks of fish and serpents. But until reading Crossing the Waters, I didn't make the connection that a water snake could easil [...]

    I did like this book. But I found it disjointed in writing style which made for a difficult read.At times I could not connect enough with the author to understand what she was trying to impart to me as a reader. I could not image Israel, since I've never been, and the description was lacking in some areas, but there were many passages that describe what I may never see in this lifetime. After a while I could picture the areas she visited.As for the visits in Israel, I found at times that she was [...]

    I have always wanted to visit Alaska. I have heard it is beautiful there but it can also be extremely cold. Some of the living conditions are uncomfortable and the people work dangerous jobs. As I began to read the book, the author took me on an adventure that I will never forget.I loved how the author shared her journey as a fisher woman and intricately told of the disciples. The vivid descriptions and connections to the Bible was breathtaking . It really made me dig deep into my understanding [...]

    I learned two things from this book. 1) I do NOT want to be a fisherman in Alaska and 2) I understand the New Testament world of the Gospels a lot better. I loved the way Leslie Leyland Fields weaved both of these worlds together. I could identify with her heart-rending stories of being a part of the fishing industry in our current times, not because I understood her world, but because she wrote from the perspective of a wife and mother, which I could deeply and consistently identify with. Her s [...]

    Leslie’s intimate and piercingly honest account of living her life as a woman of faith is powerful, not just because she writes from her heart, but because she knows that life is challenging in ways most of us cannot imagine: she has spent her married life as a commercial Alaskan fisherwoman! What is even more mesmerizing, is that Leslie has used her own life experience as a context for understanding in a new way the experience of the first disciples of Jesus. Thanks to Crossing the Waters, I [...]

    I want to say first thank you to Tyndale for letting me review this book. I apologize for taking so long to review this book.This book is amazing and one I will read again. Leslie shares about her missionary journeys all over the world and also describes to us what it is like when we are missionaries here at home.She talks about her families business and relates it to Jesus as he is preaching and teaching in the Sea of Galilee and how we as the people of God should be diligent and be courageous [...]

    Fields, the author of this volume, resides in Kodiak, Alaska, where she works with her family in the commercial fishing industry. This book relates stories from her own experience. She also travels to Israel where she visits the waters Jesus himself frequented -- the Sea of Galilee and Jordan River. I found the narrative to be fairly rambling, jumping around in locations of the stories, and making the reader question how they got from Alaska to Israel. I felt the narratives needed further editin [...]

    "Crossing the Waters" is exceptional. Fields' vivid, evocative writing hooked me from the first sentence. I love the way she combined memoir, theology, and history and wasn't afraid to pose tough questions. She elegantly wove stories from her own life as a fisher-woman with the biblical portrayals of Jesus, His disciples, and those who followed Him. Without giving easy answers or resorting to cliches, Fields made scripture come alive in a fresh way. No wonder this well-crafted and highly enjoyab [...]

    This was a really beautifully written memoir. Each chapter focuses on a different ways Jesus ministered through water. The author used different life experiences to show the parallels between water and the Christian life. Many of her examples were from her time fishing with her family in Alaska. She also shared stories from her trip to the Holy Land. There are study questions in the back of the book for group discussion as well. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy spiritual memoir.I [...]

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