Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers

A grandfather and his grandchildren. The thought conjures up a sweet picture of love to most. Award-winning author Leslie Leyland Fields recalls the first time she packed up her six kids and traveled from Alaska to Florida to visit her estranged father. She had prepared them not to expect much; after all, he hadn’t been much of a father to her, so why would he be interested in his grandchildren? Leslie talks about this bittersweet visit, as well as her childhood growing up with a mentally ill father. Leslie also reflects on her own journey of forgiveness which began one Sunday when the words of the Lord’s Prayer penetrated her heart like an arrow: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” Leslie shares what she did to begin to see her father through the eyes of Christ, a process she now admits, changed her life.

Leslie Leyland Fields reflects on her own journey of forgiveness which began one Sunday as the Lord's Prayer pierced her heart. Leslie shares what she did to see her father through the eyes of Christ. View Show Notes →
Leslie Leyland Fields talks about forgiving her father after years and years of estrangement. Leslie shares what God taught her about forgiving those who love us least. View Show Notes →
Leslie Leyland Fields recalls the first time she and her six kids traveled to visit her estranged father. Leslie talks about their visit, and her childhood growing up with a mentally ill father. View Show Notes →

Meet Series Guests

Leslie Leyland Fields

Leslie Fields writes for Christianity Today as a feature writer and columnist and writes freelance for a number of other magazines and journals. She is also a speaker, and between speaking and writing, she also runs a professional writing business, The Northern Pen, performing manuscript critique. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University, a Master’s in English and Journalism from University of Oregon.

Leslie lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska, in a house on a cliff over the North Pacific waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Since 1978, Leslie spends her summers at Harvester Island off the west coast of Kodiak Island, where she, her husband and their 6 children are the island’s only inhabitants. There they work in an extended family fishing operation.

Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are the authors of Vertical Marriage: The One Secret That Will Change Your Marriage (2019) and No Perfect Parents: Ditch Expectations, Embrace Reality, and Discover the One Secret That Will Change Your Parenting (2021).

Additionally, they are touring speakers, as well as the radio hosts of the nationally syndicated radio show, Family Life Today. But it’s their singular passion for enriching lives through spreading the Word and wisdom of God that truly defines them.