I attended a conference recently where I had the privilege of listening to a dozen women recite the essay they contributed to Leslie Leyland Fields’ newest book, The Wonder Years. It was such a fun evening, as women talked on aging, faith, beauty, strength — and training bras!
In three thematic sections – -Firsts, Lasts, and Always– forty incredible women of faith from 40 to 85 tackle aging anxieties head-on–and upend them with compelling first-person stories full of humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom.
The book is a breath of fresh air — insightful and delightful. It will make you laugh and bring you to tears.
Contributors to this timely book include:
Elisa Morgan on Dogs and Belonging
Elisabeth Elliot on Sacrifice and Offering
Jennifer Dukes Lee on Drinking in God’s Love
Jennifer Grant on Diving In
Jen Pollock Michel on Facing the End
Joni Eareckson Tada on Pain and Provision
Kay Warren on Joy and Holy Fun
Kendra Smiley on the Freedom of Fun
Lauren Winner on Living with Intention
Luci Shaw on Embracing Adventure
Lynne Hybels on the Necessity of Pleasure
Madeleine L’Engle on Honoring Touch
Patricia Raybon on Answering the Phone
Paula Huston on Living Outdoors
Shannon Ethridge on the Miracles in Mistakes
Sheila Wise Rowe on Following God’s Lead
Vina Mogg on the Beauty of Mess
and many more!
This book could be yours!!
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you will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of this book,
The Wonder Years.
When you see her, Leslie may be wearing a silk dress and fishnets or wearing XtraTuf boots and carrying fishing nets, depending on whether she’s at her fish camp in the Alaska wilderness or on a speaking tour “outside.” She’s happy in both places talking about the books, places, and topics that move her most. Her eleven books include The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength; Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas, which won Christianity Today‘s 2017 Book of the Year in Christian living; The Spirit of Food; Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers; and Surviving the Island of Grace: A Life on the Wild Edge of America. Her essays, appearing in The Atlantic, Christianity Today, Beliefnet, and Orion, take on an uncommon diversity of interests: wilderness, theology of the body, culture-making, motherhood, narrative theology, and points between and beyond. Leslie lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska, with her family and her Yorkie, Sophie, who thinks she’s a sled dog.