Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas - eBook
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The gospels are dramatic, wild, and wetset 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, weve missed much about the disciples experiences and about following Jesusuntil now. Leslie Leyland Fieldsa well-known writer, respected biblical exegete, and longtime Alaskan fisherwomancrosses 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.
Youll be swept up in a fresh experience of the gospels, traveling with the fishermen disciples from Jesus baptism to the final miraculous catch of fishand also experiencing Leslies 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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Deana4 Stars Out Of 5Jesus and His DisciplesNovember 2, 2016DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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 of commercial fishing and how hazardous it can be. Along the way she weaves truths and understanding on how much Jesus depended on his disciples. We are His disciples and He has called each of us to share His word. I felt like I was in the boat listening to Jesus talk as the waves crashed over us.
Grab this book and be taken to the boat where Jesus was with His disciples. Listen as the author recounts the story and shares her own journey as she travels with her family , much like the disciples did with Jesus. It is very powerful and eye opening.
"Above all, love each other deeply , because love covers over a multitude of sin."
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Blogger Program. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Dramatic, Wild, and WetOctober 11, 2016Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Living near the coast of Maine and worshiping in a small fishing village, Ive spent some idyllic moments on the deck of a friends lobster boat and marveled at the treasures (the beautiful and the ugly) that come tumbling out of a lobster trap. Ive skirted the perimeter of a secluded island with four little boys, admired its tumbled stones, listened to its pounding surf, and wondered at its stalwart gale-beaten evergreens. And always, always . . . in the back of my mind was the small voice of worry: Were 20 miles from the mainland. What if something goes wrong? What if someone gets hurt?
Leslie Leyland Fields is no visitor or tourist to maritime culture. The frigid coast of Alaska has been her home and her workplace for 38 years, and she has lived through many of the what-ifs that teased the fringes of my imagination on my island visits. In Crossing the Waters, her tenth book, she has woven with elegance the story of her life as an Alaskan commercial fishing woman alongside meditations on the wet and wild New Testament tales of wind-whipped waves and a sleeping savior, of bulging nets and faithless followers. Leslie tightens the narrative weave with a third strand: accounts of her journey to Israel, home of the Biblical fishing grounds where the Son of God cast His net wide and found Himself often in the company of a band of fishermen.
Hiking in the autumn heat along the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River with Leslie, I was invited to ponder with her the meaning of baptism, the significance of leaving our nets behind to follow Jesus, and the faith that receives a fish from the hand of Jesus without secretly wondering whether it might be a snake.
From the gathering of the waters at the Red Sea, through the washing and purifying that became part of their worship, and then into the New Testament splashing of baptized and believing fishermen, the People of the Book have also been a people who have come through the water; and although Jesus disciples 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 bittersweet of the proud goodbye and the gritty faithfulness of I will follow Christ right here where Ive been put.
New Testament images of fishermen blithely walking away from their nets, and Peter scrabbling over the side of a boat onto a stormy sea jump clean off the flannel board and into real life with the reality that no fisherman in his right mind would abandon his boat or his nets without very good reason. Since Leslie has had the experience of standing aghast in a boat full of salmon (calculating extra mortgage payments and tuition money as she surveyed the bumper crop) she takes an educated guess at Jesus motives for calling Peter, James, and John away from their nets to fish for souls after His miraculous provision of the catch of their lives:
Enjoy it. Count the fish. Now, come. I have something greater for you.
The abundance of the following life comes in unexpected ways and maybe when we least expect it.
The Fields fish and the Morins mow, so it was helpful to read about another family that is working its way through the tensions of life in a family business and that knows the ache of a work-related argument or the constant need for productivity that presses hard against the desire to be a sympathetic mum. Leslies metaphor of mending nets by pulling shredded fibers back together into something durable and reliable is an apt (and poignant) picture of the work of forgiveness that preserves family unity.
Visiting Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, Leslie longed to see a real storm as a reminder of the peace be still that banished the gale, but that also brought tangible fear right into the boat instead.
Join the wide-eyed disciples in asking the question: What kind of Savior is this? Then read the conclusion that comes from the experience of crossing the waters with Jesus: that He is a Savior who allows the storm to come with all its howling winds, but then who sits beside us in our boat, calling us to do our part to fill the hungry in this world full of danger and fear.
This book was provided by NavPress in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Cricket5 Stars Out Of 5Insight Into the Life of Fishermen Now and Those Jesus CalledOctober 3, 2016CricketQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5On 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 commercial fishing on an island near Kodiak, Alaska. It is this rich knowledge and understanding Leslie brings to her new book, Crossing the Waters, that takes the reader offshore into the turbulent seas off the Alaskan coast and across the waters of the Sea of Galilee beside the ragtag fishermen we know as the disciples who were called to be fishers of men.
DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful bookSeptember 21, 2016DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3I 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***
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