Welcome to Field Notes!

Officially: Sarah Bessey is the author of the popular and critically acclaimed books, Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith and Jesus Feminist. Her newest book is the bestselling Miracles and Other Reasonable Things. She is a sought-after speaker at churches, conferences, and universities all around the world. Sarah is also the co-curator and co-host of the annual Evolving Faith Conference and she serves as President of the Board for Heartline Ministries in Haiti. Sarah lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia with her husband and their four children.

Unofficially: 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. (Also: I’m very into Doctor Who. Brace yourselves.)

Subscribers usually hear from me weekly - sometimes more, sometimes less but that’s the plan. Paid subscribers receive a personal not-available-anywhere-else exclusive essay 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, links worth clicking to insightful and necessary articles (and the occasional Buzzfeed quiz), and so much more. 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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"My only complaint is that I wish it came more often."

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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P.S. And don’t miss out on my latest book Miracles and Other Reasonable Things, now available everywhere books are sold!

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