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The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery, and Love Hardcover – January 1, 2011
Larry Jacobson has lived life on the edge and, as a result, made his dreams come true. In this amazing, riveting book, he shares his great adventure sailing around the world. Every page I felt his fears and the storms and was right there with him on that boat. This book is about honesty, fearlessness, and having the courage to make your dreams come true.(David Mixner, Bestselling Author)
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With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. The namesake boy behind the gate is a passionate romantic who, since childhood, yearned to discover what's out there....
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On a global level, a level which speaks to all of us Humans, no matter what our race, gender, political views or sexual orientation are...we can relate to the story of a fellow human who is driven by what he or she is Passionate about in Life. We all have Dreams of what our like would be like if things were different. Larry Jacobson, through the telling of his true life adventure upon the sea, has given us a glimpse into a world where a fellow human dreamed a big dream as a child. A child who did not have the means to fulfill the dream at the time and over the course of 30 years or so, through facing all the walls before him, kept on going to make his dream come true. He did not quit. He did not let others tell him what to do. If someone told him he was crazy or stupid, he did not listen to the others...he listened to his Inner Voice and kept going. It took work, hard work, as all our Dreams will take, and he did it...he made his dream come true.
Even if you are not a sailor, the book will inspire you to think about your own individual Passion while images of far off lands are generated in your mind.
I gave the book five stars because it has inspired me to keep going. I know what my Passion is...Adventure...and I will keep working on getting back to the sea once again and this time will sail around the world alone (well not totally, this time when I take to the sea, I will have my dog with me :)). A Dream of mine since I was a child.
I would suggest this book to anyone who has ever had a dream that seemed too big, too distant, or unreachable. After you read this book, you'll feel as though you can achieve anything. The Boy Behind the Gate is a Must Read or Listen!