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An Excerpt from Foreword to Reluctant Sailor
. . . Michele captivates the reader with Adventures of a Once Reluctant Sailor: A Journey of Guts, Growth, and Grace. Michele fills each page with wit, wisdom and wonder. She acknowledges a touch of trepidation: how does Wayne’s and her marriage – strong as it is – adapt to the constant togetherness and unique challenges of a 5,000 miles, months-long adventure on Lena Bea as they sail the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and down the Atlantic Ocean and into the Gulf of Mexico to the dock in the backyard of their home in Punta Gorda, FL. Her vivid use of words creates amazing pictures in the reader’s mind as she describes encounters with huge freighters and even more massive air craft carriers. She tells of watching whales frolic and dolphins play. She relates the wonder found in solitude late at night as she sat at the helm. No land or other water craft in sight. The sky filled with stars. Michele sees anew the wonder of God’s creative power. There are tales of consternation and change of plans, altering departure times, visits to emergency rooms, meeting people who become lifelong friends. Captain Wayne adds his voice and perspective from time to time. We smile as Wayne and Michele give us an amazing glimpse into their husband-wife adventure as Captain and First Mate.
Along the way, Michele invited readers of her blog to ask questions, even those burning questions we all want to ask but . . . decorum leads us not to. But someone does and the Captain or the First Mate answers. The questions range from specific details concerning the Lena Bea to what are the challenges of showering in a confined space that is constantly moving to how your faith influenced your journey. The questions intrigue; the answers inform and sometimes trigger a chuckle.
Adventures of a Once Reluctant Sailor: A Journey of Guts, Growth, and Grace is a page turner; not because it is filled with mystery and suspense, but because of the power of Michele’s words which draw us into the journey and fill us with a passion to read one more page, learn of one more adventure.
Sit down in your favorite place to read. Set aside a good amount of time. You won’t want to read Michele’s book in short bites – although you could. Savor the word pictures that Michele crafts. Enhance those images with the photographs Michele took and has included in the book. Laugh. Wince at moments of misfortune. Celebrate the grace. Above all enjoy. And just maybe this record of Adventures of a Once Reluctant Sailor: A Journey of Guts, Growth, and Grace will move you to tackle your personal journey of guts, growth and grace.
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