Charting the Unknown and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$14.79
Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.95
  • Save: $2.16 (13%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Tuesday, April 22? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Charting the Unknown: Family, Fear, and One Long Boat Ride Paperback


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.79
$7.75 $0.01

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Big Spring Books
Editors' Picks in Spring Releases
Ready for some fresh reads? Browse our picks for Big Spring Books to please all kinds of readers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Behler Publications (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933016639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933016634
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Charting the Unknown shows what is possible when you are prepared to step out of the imagined security of a suburban existence.  This is not only a journey of the oceans, but a journey of the heart. --Suzanna Clarke - author of A House in Fez

About the Author

Kim Petersen: Kim Petersen has been published in Living Aboard and Southern Boating and has kept a consistent and well visited blog. She is a speaker and Certified Professional Life Coach, helping others move beyond fear to accomplish their dreams. Kim continues to live aboard Chrysalis with her family where she is working on a second book about their pilgrimage through the Mediterranean including Morocco, Spain, Italy, Israel, Egypt, and the Red Sea.


More About the Author

Kim Petersen has been published in Living Aboard, Multihull Quarterly and Southern Boating and has appeared on several Television shows including Lifetime Television's The Balancing Act and Fox News. She is a speaker and a Professional Life Coach, helping others move beyond fear to accomplish their dreams. Her memoir Charting the Unknown: Family, Fear, and One Long Boat Ride was released through Behler Publications in July 2010.
Kim still lives aboard Chrysalis in Florida along with her husband, son, and Cavalier Spaniel, Skipper. She is working on a second book about their pilgrimage as a family through the Mediterranean including Morocco, Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, Egypt, and the Red Sea.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
11
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 11 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic reader on August 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Charting the Unknown is a novel of letting go of everything except that which has true value. The building of the Chrysalis(yacht) and sailing across the Atlantic is more than a metaphor for a woman and her family's journey to love and interdependence. Kim Petersen writes with humor, insight and compelling honesty of her confrontation with and successful submission of "FEAR", how that psychological entity had shaped her life and what the freedom from fear brought..

There is much that Petersen writes about herself, family and their lives that is universal. Love and relationships come not with just words but with ongoing demonstration of responsibility, fair negotiation, commitment, shared joy and constancy. What better (or worse) situation for bonding than learning and living on a boat crossing the Atlantic. After reading her experiences, I came away with the notion that if you truly want to live LIFE, your own life, you need to dredge up your fears again and again, constantly confronting and challenging until you finally know the fear is you. As Petersen cautions, knowledge of your fear doesn't change it. The knowledge just let's you know you need to pull up your socks and do what it takes to show yourself what your capabilities are. There is no fault in failing, only in not allowing yourself the opportunity to pursue your dreams.

To be honest, I thought this would be a chick book. It isn't. I enjoyed it completely. I'm thinking the movie will be great too.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By journeying joan on August 1, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kim, the author and main character tells a story of her own family on a journey using a mix of frivolity, adventure, intense sorrow, determination, skill. and so much more. After an identity crisis tied into the loss of a baby to SIDS, Kim wonders how life could be so unforgiving, so bewildering. In search for answers,and acting on a bucket list created much earlier in their lives, this family leaves the comforts of suburbia to complete the inside of the the shell of a 65 foot catamaran they call the Chrysalis, proceeding then to journey along the coast of the USA and ultimately across the ocean. And none of them originally had any boating experience!
Within that journey is a discovery, a transformation of self that is extraordinarily powerful. Her discovery that the unknown can be befriended and enjoyed while on a journey of epic proportions is empowering to say the least. She emerges from her own chrysalis transformed, less fearful and with a different and deeper acceptance and understanding of herself and God. Like THE SHACK, everyone who reads this book will gain a little more of a glimpse of their own journey, of what is possible. This story inspires, and is a MUST READ!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jackattack on August 1, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A genuinely engaging read! Even though I had no real experience with the boating world, the author's journey was so relateable to anyone. A great beach book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ---- Neil H. on March 12, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kim Petersen and her family embark on a power catamaran voyage. What goes into such a decision? What fears and triumphs take place along the way? The author shares deeply of her personal thoughts and feelings. This is not a how to book, it is a book exploring life and living and is quite different from any of the many sailing books I have read over the years. I am excited to buy her next book when it comes out! I hope she takes the care in writing it that she took with this book. I heartily recommend it for not only boaters, but for anyone.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Charting the Unknown: Family, Fear, and One Long Boat Ride tells of an author who in her mid-thirties felt lost and rediscovered a list of dreams that inspired her to confront and overcome her fears. Her desire to re-connect with herself and her family led she and her husband to sell all and build a boat to cross the Atlantic Ocean: this charts their learning curve from landlubber to sailors in an outstanding adventure story perfect for any nautical collection.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Bricker on October 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I saw Kim Petersen speak at a writers group meeting and wasn't sure what to expect. I lived on a boat for 15 years, sailed across the Atlantic myself, and I find most of the "voyaging" literature out there to be pseudo-motivational, feel-good, smiley-faced fluff, much of it written by people who attempt to inspire by posing as heroes who have successfully slain their dragons. In the case of Charting The Unknown, I was pleasantly surprised.

Kim Petersen offers a refreshing and very personal chronicle of her family. After losing an infant daughter to SIDs, Kim and Mike grieve, recover and have two more healthy children. Still, the natural, lingering concern that something can suddenly go dramatically wrong haunts her. The discovery of a "bucket list" they drew up on a lark as a young couple back in college days reintroduces some outrageous, youthful dreams into their fairly conventional existence. Pretty soon, there's a boat in their lives and everything changes dramatically. After building the boat up from an empty hull, a trip to the Bahamas leads to a trip across the Atlantic.

Instead of writing as a seasoned salt, Petersen tackles the nautical lexicon by bringing the reader aboard along with her as a novice unfamiliar with the many named parts of a vessel. It adds a note of levity to the writing and helps the reader identify more easily with the sense of disorientation brought on by being thrust into such an utterly different environment.

I broke away from the mainstream when I was 18, much younger than Kim was when she and her family left on their journeys. It was interesting to read "the voyaging story" from the perspective of someone who had already invested a great deal in houses, kids, etc. and was able to put conventional life aside to try something new.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Search
ARRAY(0xa37e92ac)