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Sailing Down the Moonbeam Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Perhaps one of the most important messages of Mary's adventure, is that she discovers a more intimate and healthy relationship with herself and as a result, makes new and significant decisions about the direction and course of her life. For me Mary's book demonstrates that we attempt to escape ourselves because we have yet to stand on our own as whole person. By becoming intimate with ourselves and confronting both our strengths and weaknesses and thus begin to develop a loving relationship coupled by a willingness to heal those conditions preventing our happiness, this, ultimately, is what our journey in life is all about. Finding peace and happiness within ourselves. Mary's book describes her intimate journey
to find these things ( something we're all looking for ).
Mary makes it clear that when we fail to heal our internal conflicts, those very unresolved issues become magnified in our relationships. What we witness in Mary's journey is the result of entering into an intimate relationship before becoming intimate with our self. Almost everyone does this which is why so many relationships fail to provide the kind of love we hope for( the children really suffer for their parents unresolved conflicts which Mary's book also demonstrates). We are unwilling to be intimate with ourselves because we have so many internal conflicts and instead of resolving them, we long to be in a relationship with another so we can feel loved and appreciated by someone else because we wouldn't do that for ourselves.Read more ›
Breezily written - perhaps an unexamined life isn't worth writing about, but this memoir is of a well-lived and well-examined life.
I'm no sailor, but you don't need to be to enjoy this book. If Hollywood wants to make a movie for grownups, it should snap up the rights to this book.
Well written, with only a few minor initial formatting issues that don't persist (and one repeated paragraph).
This book isn't about the technical preparations to prepare a boat for a sail around the world. No. It's a lesson about how your closest relationships change in unforseen circumstances (circumstances beyond your control) such as sailing around the world or navigating other bumpy waters life presents (job loss, crippling illness, death of a parent or spouse, moving to a new city). Part soap opera, part adventure travel book, part self-help guide, this book is a quick read and a cautionary tale for every couple that dreams about packing it all in to sail the world.
The book doesn't ask if you're ready to sail the world. It asks if you're ready to really find out how well you know yourself and your spouse.
As a reader, I was instantly impressed and amazed that anyone could even consider something like this. Five years is a long time and the Pacific Ocean a pretty huge place. Yet, as the story unfolds you are drawn into the world of people like Mary and Tom who set sail, anchor at ports of call and form their own social alliances, based in a shared philosophy of living a life outside the box; on a quest for beauty and magic on near-deserted islands and in moonbeams across the water.
We learn early on that Mary is smart, educated and is prone to depression. She has a no-holds barred honesty in admitting her naivete, as well as her denial, that her marriage is seriously in trouble and that she depends too much on her outgoing husband.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was given this book as a gift. I started it one evening and could not put it down. I related to her personal relationship that she described so clearly and honestly. Read morePublished 14 months ago by cheryl l standing
I loved it! Related on both levels, the sailing trip and the inner trip. I am not a writer, so will fall back on the first 5 reviews i just read, which express my ideas and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by irene
I enjoyed the book but I was kind of disappointed with the endingPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
From America’s Midwest, to the financial district of New York City, to “the world” as described in her memoir, Mary Gottschalk’s travels include an inward journey as well. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Janet Givens
Good writing. It got a little repetitive but an interesting adventure.Published 19 months ago by Cj in Iowa
Ms. Gottschalk writes beautifully and thoughtfully about her adventurous sail on the Atlantic and Pacific and all the way to New Zealand, some 13,000 miles. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Boyd Lemon
as a part time cruiser I found it interesting....not that I would even undertake such an adventure..good for themPublished 21 months ago by Wanda
Our neighborhood book club had the great pleasure of Mary Gottschalk’s presence as we discussed her memoir, which is part adventure-tale, part spiritual journey, and entirely... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Green Vista Pets