Leslie has been teaching, publishing, editing and speaking for more than thirty years nationally and internationally. She speaks at conferences, universities, churches, prisons, and retreats on a number of topics related to her books and essays (a sample here below). If you wish to schedule an appearance, write Leslie directly at email@example.com
CROSSING THE WATERS FROM DOUBT TO FAITH
(based on her award-winning book)
What does it really mean to follow Jesus? Using multi-media, Leslie takes you across the waters of time and culture to follow along after those first fishermen disciples, who had their own ideas about who Jesus was. She’ll highlight some of the most dramatic events of the gospels, with storms, bursting nets and sea crossings, revealing fresh truths. In a time when so many are “unfollowing” Jesus and leaving the Church, Crossing the Waters delivers a refreshing encounter with Jesus and explores what it means to “come, follow me.”
Our True Story for His Glory: Writing Spiritual Memoir (1 – 3 day workshop)
What is the story God is writing through your life? If yours is anything like mine, it will be a story of God working through your weaknesses and brokenness to woo and forgive and draw you to Himself. Will it be a perfect fairy-tale story? Of course not! Consider the Psalms. Ecclesiastes. Consider the entire Old Testament. Consider the gospels and the stumbling disciples. There are no sanitized versions of people’s lives in the Scriptures, there are only true stories. In discovering and showing and telling the truth, in vivid prose, about ourselves and about God, we’ll create an unforgettable account that will tell our story and showcase God’s Glory.
What IS the redemptive story God is writing through your life? Let’s gather and begin!
NEW PSALMS FOR THE JOURNEY
The Psalms have been given as God's prayer and song book to the Church. Somehow He has inspired the psalmists to not only rejoice and praise God but also to lament and worry and complain to God! Perhaps we should do the same? Leslie shares a personal and powerful means of entering the scriptures and writing our own songs, prayers and laments, while simultaneously lifting our individual voices and experience into the choral narrative of the Church through the ages.
THE FREEDOM TO FORGIVE
Can we really change the world? Yes, it's possible---through forgiveness. In this intimate 2 hour seminar, Leslie will lead participants through dramatic story, interactive scriptures and journaling exercises that lead toward forgiveness and the healing of broken relationships. (Based on her book, Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers," now translated into 7 languages.)
'Successful' Parenting or Faithful Parenting?: What God's Word Really Says about Raising "Christian Kids"
We all know the statistics (ranging from depressing to despairing) about the numbers of young people leaving the church. We wonder, Is it really possible to impart a lasting faith to our children? And if so, how much of this is God’s work and how much is ours? In this provocative session, Leslie will expose some popular Christian myths and cultural assumptions about transmitting our faith and replace them with truths gained from parents in the scriptures that ultimately free us from pride, failure and fear.
Based on Parenting is Your Highest Calling . . . and Eight Other Myths that Trap Us in Worry and Guilt
Why Parenting is Not Our Highest Calling--and Why This is Terrific Good News for All
When was the last time you heard a sermon on these words from Jesus? “Anyone one who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me . . .” ? Yet these words and Jesus’ summation of the Commandments (“Love God …. Love your neighbor) deliver such good news for mothers! News we all desperately need. We’re all so tempted to make our family our highest calling, which turns out badly for all. Come hear this compelling call to return to our first and highest love. Then, and only then can we love our children rightly and well.
DO I HAVE TO BE A "CHRISTIAN WRITER?"
If we believe in the exclusive claims of Christianity, are we obligated then to be “Christian writers”? How do we reconcile the command of Jesus to “go and make disciples of all nations” with the aesthetic demands of good Art? Leslie will share her own wobbling path through the limits and the possibilities of writing from faith, offering a third path that honors and embodies both Art and Gospel.
WHY THE WORLD STILL NEEDS YOUR STORY (AND HOW TO TELL IT)
We live in a narrative age where even a box of breakfast cereal has a story to tell. In our anxious over-storied culture, where personal narratives and “personal truths” have eclipsed facts and "Truth,” is there still a place for ours? Fields, through her own incredible story, will present compelling arguments for distinctive story-making in the midst of a story-saturated world. Prepare to be inspired!
SACRED SUCCESS: A TALE OF TWO WRITERS
If we believe we’ve been called by God to write, what then can we expect from our labors? Through a dramatic retelling of the lives of two biblical “writers,” one a bestseller, the other an utter failure, as well as stories of her own success and disasters, Leslie will share unshakeable secrets toward cultivating a truly "successful" writing life.
THE MYTH OF THE PERFECT PARENT: OVERCOMING THE FOUR MOST DANGEROUS MYTHS OF PARENTING
In this seminar, Leslie will identify the most dangerous parenting myths, replacing our human-centered notions of parenting with Biblical truths. These truths will free us from the impossible loads of guilt we carry and empower us to raise our children with love, wisdom and grace.
Leslie's Speaking Schedule
Feb. 22 - 24: Victoria, Texas: Women's Conference
Sunday morning service
April: Glen Eyrie, Colorado, NavWorld Conference: with Philip Yancey and Leslie Leyland Fields
July: Harvester Island, Alaska, The Spirit of Food Retreat with Norm Wirzba and Melissa D'Arabian and Leslie
Sept.: Harvester Island, Alaska, The Harvester Island Wilderness Retreat with Barbara Brown Taylor
Feb. 13. Cape Town: George Whitefield College
Crossing the Waters from Doubt to Faith
Feb. 14: Cape Town, GWC
*Is Parenting Our Highest Calling?
Feb. 16-18: Cape Town: Creative Writing Workshop
Feb. 20, Stellenboesch, Christ Church
Crossing the Waters from Doubt to Faith
Feb 22-24, Bloemfontaine, South Africa
*Crossing the Waters from Doubt to Faith
*Parenting Seminar: What Are Children “For”?
March 3: Johannesburg, South Africa: Christian Writing Fair: Keynotes
*Why the World Still Needs Your Story (and how to tell it)
*Overcoming the 7 Terrors Every Writer Faces
March 17, Khyalitsa Township, South Africa, “Parenting with Passion and Grace”
April 12 – 14 Grand Rapids, Michigan Festival of Faith and Writing
*”Do I Have to Be a ‘Christian Writer?’”
*Tribute to Luci Shaw
April 19: Bratislava, Reading: Crossing the Waters
April 21: Bratislava: “Torn Nets” Seminar 9am -4 pm
April 27: Grenoble, France: Where is God in Our Trials?
April 28 - 29 Lyon, France: The Myth of the Perfect Parent
Sept. 2 – 9 Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop with Ann Voskamp
Sept. 2 – 9 Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop (with Philip Yancey)
Oct. 3 – 7 Lake Michigan Writers Workshop
October 8, Grand Rapids, Michigan Calvin College: Reading
Nov. 11 Madison, Wisconsin Writing Your Spiritual Memoir