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

by Leslie Leyland Fields


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2017 Christianity Today Book Award winner (“Christian Living / Discipleship” category)
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 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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631466021
Publisher: The Navigators
Publication date: 10/01/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 511,227
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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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.

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Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SharonH More than 1 year ago
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 so I could hear the hard lessons. With each page I waded deeper into the biblical truths. Fields illustrated profound theological truths with action-filled stories from her decades in a commercial fishing family as well as exploration of the fisherman's life on the Sea of Galilee. I promise you will never be bored! As I became more intimately familiar with the profession shared by many of the first disciples, familiar Bible passages took on new meaning. Jesus calming the storm, Peter walking on water, feeding the 5000, and calming the storm at sea feel now more like experiences than distant, unrelatable stories. I highly recommend this tenth book by Leslie Leyland Fields. When you set sail with Leslie, you will return a changed person.
sparksoflife More than 1 year ago
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 stories of letting go of her single life to move far away to a completely different kind of married life, of letting go of her children as she raised them in an environment that was difficult, and of releasing those children as they became adults and moved away resonated strongly and viscerally with me. Her stories of her experiences in today's Israel helped me connect with Gospel stories in a new and more practical way. Plus, I loved her independent and determined spirit. It made me wish I could spend time with her. I highly recommend this book for both insight into the Scriptures, as well as for the pure pleasure of her story.
DaphSelf More than 1 year ago
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 judgemental of the people, but this humanized her. Showed me that even Christians can judge based on what we see. And how she handles this discovery of herself is with grace and humility. Her trials, while maybe not as severe as what many people have experienced, were still challenging trials that helps connect the reader to the passages and stories she uses. What I loved the most? The stories of Alaska. Her use of Biblical scripture and real life, meshing and weaving them together, created a net that would capture and reader and hold them there. It was an enjoyable book. And one that would stay with the reader long after the last page is read. *** I was provided a copy of the book through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange of a complete and honest review***