An intensely personal testimonial to calling on the power of grace in our darkest hours and those miraculous moments that change our lives forever.
A Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption
“I had a growing allergy to everything commonplace, and I was determined to do something marvelous, something men only talk about and then regret not doing. I already knew what it took to sail all night in a storm, to navigate beyond sight of land, to live in the luxurious whisper of the wind.”
NAVIGATING GRACE: A Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption (Hazelden; September 1, 2015; $15.95; Original Trade Paperback) by Jeff Jay is his inspirational true story of survival, faith, and chasing a dream. Sailing is an adventure many people aspire to take, but Jeff’s journey soon turned into a nightmare that tested his inner strength and almost cost him his life.
After a series of personal tragedies, Jeff needed time for reflection and solitude, which prompted him to realize his dream of living on the open sea. His experience sailing with his father during his childhood and teenage years helped prepare Jeff for the voyage he would embark on, but the “white whale of a boat” he purchased was twenty years old and in desperate need of repairs. Jeff named it “Lifeboat” and set sail from Maryland to his selected destination of the Caribbean. He also planned on using Lifeboat as a “floating men’s halfway house for those who struggle with chronic relapse” and to take those clients through the Twelve Steps of AA.
En route to the Caribbean, a brutal storm appeared that almost destroyed Lifeboat; rain beat down on Jeff, fierce waves attempted to overturn the boat which almost sank. Jeff compares this battle with his struggle against alcoholism as he reminisced how he finally got sober. Trapped in the darkness of the open water all alone, Jeff relied on his faith to see him through this most terrifying time.
NAVIGATING GRACE is a heartfelt and motivating true story that:
- Tells of Jeff’s dangerous boat trip to the Caribbean that almost took his life
- Reveals how Jeff survived the storm and found redemption
- Recalls Jeff’s battle with alcoholism and how he found the strength to get sober
- Describes Jeff’s unique vision to use Lifeboat for mobile addiction counseling
- Includes a glossary of nautical terms, a map of Jeff’s voyage, and diagrams of Lifeboat
NAVIGATING GRACE is an intensely personal testimonial to calling on the power of grace in our darkest hours and those miraculous moments that change our lives forever.
PRAISE FOR NAVIGATING GRACE
“Jeff Jay is a masterful guide, taking us with him on a gripping odyssey through perilous waters, and through the anguish of his own soul. It’s a journey you will not forget.” —Barbara Stoufen, author of A Very Fine House: A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Jay is a certified addiction specialist, popular speaker and consultant, and co-author with Debra Jay of the best-selling book Love First. His work has appeared on CNN, The Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and numerous professional journals. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, DC, and as trustee for several clinical and professional organizations.
By Jeff Jay
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Original Trade Paperback
Pages: 220 pp.
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