Welcome to Field Notes!


Sarah Bessey is the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed books Jesus Feminist; Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith; and Miracles and Other Reasonable Things. Her collaborative book, A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal was a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and Globe and Mail Bestseller.

Along with her friends, the late Rachel Held Evans and Jim Chaffee, Sarah co-founded Evolving Faith. She now co-leads the community and conference alongside Jeff Chu. Sarah is also the co-host of The Evolving Faith Podcast which debuted at the top of the charts for Religion and Spirituality Podcasts and has been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of listeners worldwide.

Sarah writes this weekly newsletter Field Notes with exclusive essays, devotional series, The Secret Field Notes Podcast, theology deep-dives, and so much more more.

She also serves as chair of the board for Heartline Ministries in Haiti. Based in Port au Prince, Heartline is committed to empowering Haitian families through complete maternal and infant health care, education, vocational training, and economic development.

Sarah was born and raised in the prairies and foothills of western Canada. Now living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3), Sarah and her husband of twenty-one years have four children. She’s a pseudo-hermit bookworm, an enthusiastic knitter, tea-drinker, hockey fan, total hugger, endlessly fascinated with Jesus, an embarrassing fan-girl for the tv programmes Doctor Who and Schitt’s Creek


Third-person over with thankfully.

One of my favourite things is writing Field Notes for you. What began as an “official author thing to do” has become a community and conversation and helluva lot of fun.

Paid subscribers to Field Notes usually hear from me once a week on Tuesdays - sometimes more, sometimes less but that’s the plan.

  • You’ll receive not-available-anywhere-else exclusive essays from me along with weekly features like the beloved “book corner” where I chat about all the books I’ve been reading - and what I really think of them, the "Good Things" with inspiring or funny or fierce or lovely things I am into at the moment, giveaways, the Back to the Bonfire series where I deep-dive your theology questions, and so much. 

  • I even record the audio reading of some of my essays for The (Secret) Field Notes Podcast.

  • You will also be the very first ones to hear about any new books, projects, or announcements. 

  • I also do a couple of series every year on themes like Advent or Lent for subscribers.

  • And don’t forget to click through the emails to the comments - we’re all commenting like we’re mommy-bloggers-from-2005 (#originstory).

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I know we're all busy and so I don't want this to be just "one more thing" in your email inbox so Field Notes is a combo of a newsy note from a friend and a fantastic magazine stuffed with content.

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Sarah Bessey 

Author x 4 including NYT bestseller A Rhythm of Prayer & Jesus Feminist | Newsletter: Field Notes | Co-leader: Evolving Faith gatherings and podcast | Canadian | Wife & Mum