John Otterbacher
Author, Speaker and Adventurer

“More than Survival”

This presentation available on both CD and DVD begins with John announcing “I am not supposed to be standing here.  I am supposed to be dead.” He then recounts his own steep descent into death – heart attacks, surgical interventions, depression and demoralization – and the dream that inspired a six-year, 30,000 mile family adventure on their sailboat “Grace”. The award-winning author of What Remains and Sailing Grace also shares some things he learned along the way.  He confronts harsh realities – the limits of our control, the bankruptcy of victimhood, mortality itself – with the forthrightness of someone who knows the territory.  He challenges us to take responsibility for how we respond to adversity, how we mine the opportunities embedded in crisis.
“I don’t get to choose everything that happens to me,” John reminds us.  “I do get to choose my attitude toward life and others.  I get to set my priorities, move in the direction of my dreams, build a life that reflects my deepest values.
“I don’t have to let fear run my life. I get to choose.”

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More Than Survival Reviews

“As adventures go, this one is hard to beat.” –  Charleston Gazette
“… a powerful elixir for anyone tiptoeing through life.” – Grand Rapids Press
“Facing the future without trepidation is one of life’s great gifts.” – Detroit Free Press

Awards for Sailing Grace

Best New Non-Fiction Book, National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist, Best Book Awards, USA Book News Winner, Michigan Notable Book Awards

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