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On the 20th of every month, paid subscribers receive a personal not-available-anywhere-else exclusive essay from me along with monthly 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 monthly “Good Things” feature with inspiring or funny or fierce or lovely things I am into at the moment, the occasional giveaway, links worth clicking to insightful and necessary articles (and the occasional Buzzfeed quiz), powerful women worth following, and so much more.  There may be extra bonus emails throughout the month as well with answers to user-submitted questions – so stay tuned for that. You will also be the very first ones to hear about any new books, projects, or announcements. 

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I genuinely enjoy putting Field Notes together for you every month. I think it’s pretty special but you don’t have to believe me… here’s what subscribers have to say:

“My friends and I always look forward to seeing Field Notes pop up in our inbox. My favourite text message I get each month is, “Sarah Bessey. Inbox. NOW.”

“Getting it in my inbox is like opening the best surprise package each month. I love that it’s not just repeat blog/social media material, but is a true standalone set of word-centric goodies. I love how you merge the sublime with the silly (fun links and GIFs!) and I love your book recommendations.”

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“It touches my heart and makes me laugh and cry every. single. time.”

“Reading Field Notes feels like we are sitting down together for a cup of coffee.”

“The 20th is my favourite morning to wake up!”

“I savour your Field Notes each month – love how it’s packed with so much!”

“My only complaint is that I wish it came more often.”


I know we’re all busy and so I don’t want this email to be just “one more thing” in your email inbox so instead Field Notes is more like a combo of a newsy note from a friend and a fantastic magazine stuffed with content. It’s an email to savour over an long evening read while you have a million tabs open.

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See you on the 20th,
S.

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  • I was honoured to be a guest on my pal Aaron Niequist's (@aaronieq) brand new podcast The Eternal Current. We got real deep real fast on the practices that can save our faith and what it means to cultivate hope during and after deconstruction as well as practices to embody this hope for resurrection together. It's such a good podcast - after you listen to our interview, make sure you subscribe! It is available in Apple podcasts or on Spotify - link in my profile for you.
❤
From @aaronieq (via @get_regrann) -  Episode 2 is a soulful dive with author @sarahbessey into the crumbling and rebirth of her Christian faith...with a tender honesty and wisdom that moved me deeply. I’m still reeling from the depth and beauty of it. Sarah is the real deal. 
If your faith feels like it’s dying in some way, maybe that is the exact place where God’s new life is trying to get itself born. Maybe what feels like losing is actually the birth pains of finding. Don’t give up! Those who follow Christ are people of RESURRECTION—not just as a historical fact, but as an ongoing, ever-present Reality. 
New life is possible.
  • We might have startled a tableful of Calgarians when our team...gang...fam all charged to this electrical box and cheered loudly, then took a dozen pictures.  Loving things *with* your kids is so much fun. In fact, finding things to like with my kids is one of my secret strategies of parenting big kids - it gives us conversations, shared experiences, and a sympathetic ear for the things they love. Listen, I have read more dystopian teen fiction and had more doomsday scenario conversations this summer than ever because of a certain teen. I have watched all of Cosmos and listened to soliloquies on astro physics from a boy child. Some things are beyond my ability to be interested - I'm looking at you, Minecraft - but I tried. Kids unapologetically love things and so I decided to love what they love. 🤷🏻‍♀️ And it goes two ways - we include them in the things we love like Nebraska football (my husband) and world affairs and politics (me). Well, and Doctor Who...
P.S. I would love to hear some of the things you love or enjoy because of a kid in your life.
  • We are home from our grand Alberta adventure! I will try to post some of our favourite moments and places later this week or next. Like most parents, I think we came home more tired than we left. 🤪 But memory making is worth the effort. Now to figure out if I am more daunted by my email inbox or our laundry....🤔
  • 👩🏻‍💻 A bit of housekeeping:  tomorrow's Field Notes e-newsletter is only for paid subscribers. If you still want to receive the full meal deal 12 issues of Field Notes a year, you will need to sign up for that by clicking the link in my profile or go to https://sarahbessey.substack.com

It is $5/month CAD (which is just under $4/month USD) / $40/year CAD (just over $30 USD) for the entire year of the full Field Notes. You'll also get first crack at partnerships like launch teams for the new book, exclusive news and announcements (including several lovely ideas we’re working on right now), and extra posts from the archives.

I do want to say if money is an issue for you and you truly can't afford to subscribe, please just let me know by emailing me at sarah@sarahbessey.com. We'll figure something out, promise. My heart isn't to exclude people due to finances but simply to make this thing sustainable for me and my family. 😊 Now, I’ve got an absolutely packed Field Notes ready for tomorrow including my response to the conversation around Christian “celebrities” deconverting, an Evolving Faith announcement, book reviews from the past month, links worth reading and so much more. If you are a paid subscriber, I’ll see you in your inbox tomorrow. 
Good books and Rocky Mountains,
S.

P.S. There may be some hiccups as I figure out this new system and would appreciate your patience as we transition...🤪
  • Today she turned 13 years old and I am all in my feelings about how bright, good, kind, strong, and wise she has become already. There is so much on the horizon for our Anne-girl and it is an honour and joy to watch her step forward into her own life with such grace and strength. It feels like no small thing to be able to say "eshet chayil, woman of valour" to the wee baby child you held in your arms just yesterday. Teen years, we are ready.
  • Popping in to say hi, we ran away, and now we might never come back. xo

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