Leslie Leyland Fields

Journalism, Memoir, Spirituality

Leslie Leyland Fields is an author and editor of 10 books. Her 2016 book Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas won Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Award in Christian Living. Her books, which have been translated into eight languages, include Surviving the Island of Grace, The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, and Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers. The Spirit of Food won three Best Book of 2010 awards. Leyland Fields’s essays have appeared in Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Belief.net, The Atlantic, Orion, Best Essays, and many others, earning her four Evangelical Press Awards, Pushcart nominations, the Virginia Faulkner Award, and a Genesis Award. She holds three graduate degrees (in English, journalism, and creative nonfiction).

Leyland Fields was a founding faculty member of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA program, where she taught creative nonfiction for six years. She also taught literature and creative writing at the University of Alaska for 15 years and continues to mentor other writers through Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop and other writing workshops she leads around the country. She is on the editorial board of Christianity Today and also speaks at conferences, universities, retreats, and churches throughout the United States and the world. She lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska, in the winter and Harvester Island, Alaska, in the summer, where she works in commercial salmon fishing with her family.

The Gospel Is More Than a Story: Rethinking Narrative and Testimony | essay | Christianity Today
A Baby on the Way—Surprise, Surprise! | interview | FamilyLife Today

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