Crossing the Waters

Reviewed by: Margaret Frye, a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.crossing-the-waters



Title: Crossing Waters: Following Jesus through the storms, the fish, the doubt, and the seas

Author: Leslie Leyland Fields

Publisher: Nav Press

Publication Date: 2016

Format: print

Length: 234 pages


Fields takes readers on an adventure from her treacherous Alaskan waters to the Sea of Galilee. She brings much of the Gospels to light as readers experience the New Testament through the eyes of a fisherwoman and begin to understand Jesus’ disciples from a new perspective. Fields beautifully and humbly allows readers to see her personal struggles with faith and family through vivid descriptive writing, rich storytelling, and insightful explanations. Writer, traveler, fisherwoman, and mother of six, Fields offers insight for readers of many ages and backgrounds. Her messages regarding endurance, belief, vision, faith, and trust are original and captivating. Reading her book is like sitting around a campfire listening to her spin tales and share wisdom.


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Suggested Audience

Young Adult/Adult

Christian Impact

Fields’s storytelling is supported by passages from the New Testament as well as insight from her personal faith journey. She deals with difficult subjects, including deprivation, death, and familial struggles without simply giving pat answers. Through humble storytelling, Fields challenges readers to re-examine the biblical idea to “Come, follow me.” She shares her testimony of coming to the Lord in her teens and following Him to a new life as a fisherwoman in Alaska.

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

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