Sailing Grace by John Otterbacher (Samadhi Press) is the story of former Michigan legislator John Otterbacher of Grand Rapids surmounting the challenges of 8 heart surgeries in 8 months. From the Sailing Grace web site (where you can also see a lot of cool photos from the trip):
This true story, narrated with present-tense immediacy, begins with John flat on his back in a local health club, gasping for air. It ends thirty-one months and four thousand miles later when he, Barbara, and their two youngest children maneuver their sailboat, Grace, into Schull Harbor, Ireland. A gritty account of their family’s struggle to do better than simply survive, it is also a commentary on how love heals, dreams energize, and trauma can be a wake-up call. From hospital ward to the stormy Atlantic, this hard-edge story will resonate with anyone who has struggled with profound adversity – be it coronary disease, cancer, or the â€œheavy weatherâ€ that unexpectedly blows through every life.
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