Navigating Grace – A Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption with author Jeff Jay

In 1990 Jeff Jay set off in an old sailboat for the Caribbean, alone and unprepared, and almost died in a violent winter storm 200 miles off Cape Hatteras. But Navigating Grace isn’t just a book about survival.

Years before the voyage, Jeff had almost died of his alcoholism, rescued only by the love of others. But Navigating Grace isn’t just a book about recovery. In the years between his addiction and his voyage, Jeff’s brother committed suicide, his father died, and his first marriage broke up. But Navigating Grace isn’t just a book about overcoming grief and loss.

Navigating Grace is a book about forgiveness and faith, disaster and deliverance, and the pivotal moments that reshape a life. Jeff Jay’s prose is quick and vivid, and his story will make you believe in miracles again.

Amazon book reviews:

“A masterful piece of literary nonfiction — My favorite memoir ever!”

“Fine writing, in a true tale, with God breaking through in surprising ways in times of crisis. Inspiring and challenging.”

“Inspiring and Uplifting”

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About the Author

Jeff Jay is a best-selling author, and also a clinical interventionist. He works with families from coast to coast to confront addiction get their loved ones into treatment. He was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, and after living in different cities, now resides with his wife Debra in Grosse Pointe Farms.

His work has appeared on CNN, the Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and professional journals. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a certified intervention specialist, and a certified addictions professional. He has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, DC, and on the boards of directors for several professional organizations.

“I am passionate about intervention for a very simple reason,” says Jeff. “Intervention saved my life.”

Jeff is the coauthor of the best-selling book Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention, (2nd Ed., Hazelden, 2008).

His latest book from Hazelden is Navigating Grace, a solo voyage of survival and redemption. He is also co-author of At Wit’s End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness.

He heads a national private practice that provides intervention and mentoring services, along with Structured Family Recovery. He is a former clinician with the Hazelden Foundation and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. He currently serves on the advisory board of Jefferson House, in Detroit, Michigan. His personal recovery from addiction dates from October 4, 1981.

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