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Navigating Grace: A Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption Paperback – July 28, 2015
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--Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
"Navigating Grace is a gripping journey through the storms of life. Through his life-story of pain and loss, Jeff Jay guides us through turmoil and perils, and shows how to find hope and serenity from within."
--Rabbi Yarden Blumstein, Friendship Circle
Jeff Jay is a masterful guide, taking us with him on a gripping odyssey through perilous ocean waters, and through the anguish of his own soul. It’s a journey you will not forget. Written with stunning imagery, Mr. Jay’s encounters with the Divine are thrilling to read. I was captivated start to finish.”
--Barbara Cofer Stoefen, author of A Very Fine House: A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth
"In 1990 Jeff Jay took off alone on a sailboat from Annapolis, Maryland heading for the Caribbean, and almost died in a violent winter storm 150 miles off Cape Hatteras. But Navigating Grace isn't just a book about survival at sea.
"Years before, Jeff's alcoholism had taken him to the brink of suicide, and only a first-class miracle saved his life. But Navigating Grace isn't just a book about recovery from addiction. In the intervening years his younger brother had committed suicide, he'd held his father's hand as he died, and his first marriage had broken up. But Navigating Grace isn't just a book about loss.
"Navigating Grace is an intensely personal story of the way God works through people, and grace seeps through tragedy. In telling his tale of far-fetched dreams, desperate prayers, and an old sloop named Lifeboat, Jeff Jay reveals those life-changing moments when miracles happen in times of pain and fear to change our lives forever. It is an unexpectedly humorous book, as well, that gives a new perspective on faith in the modern world.
--William Cope Moyers, author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption
Navigating Grace is a riveting read; a thrill by the seat of your pants trip to sea, to spirit and a life worth living. Bravo!”
--Brad Lamm, CIP, author and television commentator, frequent guest on Dr. Oz, The Today Show, and Good Morning America
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.
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Jay does not evade or qualify the role of Alcoholics Anonymous in his life. He’s still an addictions counselor and professional interventionist, and this wasn’t his first book published by Hazelden. In fact, as much as I love an artful memoir, if Jeff Jay weren’t also my second cousin and my mom and great aunt hadn’t been in a slight tizzy about what Jay wrote about my grandpa in the book, it’s less than likely that I would have wanted to read a “recovery” book simply due to my own cynicism – a personal story of recovery and redemption, yes, but one published by a world renowned alcohol and drug treatment organization? I had that eerie feeling going into it that I did before reading The In-Between (Goins, 2014) that had a Christian publisher, feeling I had to read on the defensive lest I be brainwashed into cult-like thinking by too much God worship in the prose, but it never happened. Jay’s prose appealed to my cynical side. He’s smart, and honest and brave, and I don’t mean in how he handled his sailboat in that ocean storm alone but with his wordsmithey.
He’s a wonderful writer, insightful, poetic. He cleverly juxtaposes the storm with his near death from alcoholism, his father’s passing from leukemia soon after, and more recently his brother’s tragic suicide and then Jay’s divorce, but suicide tends to overshadow everything that comes after it for the survivors, yes? I’ve known that kind of loss and have written about it too, and it’s not easy to express such depth of grief without becoming sentimental or trite. The storm was the perfect metaphor for Jay’s reflections. He wrote probably the best memoir I’ve ever read, and I already mentioned loving this genre, but my master’s degree is in Creative Nonfiction too; I take the craft seriously and have critical expectations. Yet I hung on some of Jay’s sentences for so long that when I did get to the last page, I wept. I both didn’t want it to end and was so grateful to have arrived that it was like his journey had become mine, and we had both survived. And more, he knew I would. That’s how I felt! I just want to thank him so much for sharing his story and making it all of ours. It’s a must read for everyone, and don’t skip the epilogue.
This book took me on a journey at sea with the author where I smelled the salt air and envisioned the height of the waves around me. But the parallel journey I was on with him left me more than entertained or in awe of very good writing. By the time I hit the second chapter I couldn't put it down, not only because of the story and suspense, but because it held my life in a grip all the way up to the last page and for hours and days afterward contemplating all the gifts it had brought me.
I have been a reader all my life. I have a study lined with books. This book however will not be joining them. It will be on my nightstand and in my suitcase so I will never forget all the golden nuggets it has brought to my life. I will re-read it, which I hardly ever do. I won't tell any of the specifics of what gems it will have for your life because it will be personal for each reader. It's written that way, personal, and specific, and intimate.
Thanks, Jeff, for writing it, and for being an instrument of God for peace in my life as well as for anyone who courageously takes on the waves with you in Navigating Grace.
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