• Sailing Grace

    John’s presentations are less about dying than living, about finding the adventure in even the most difficult circumstances.

  • John Speaking

    “Funny, tragic, uplifting, moving and humorous. An inspirational story with a message for everyone.” - The Sydney Institute (Australia)

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When the heart attacks began, John Otterbacher had already lived a lifetime of extension and adventure: marathons and triathlons, years in a monastery, a motorcycle tour of America, a doctorate in clinical psychology, an eight-year stint as a State Representative and Senator, a solo sail across the Atlantic. After multiple surgical interventions, the challenge now was to simply survive.

Instead of retiring to the couch to await death, John spent a year rebuilding his health and his sailboat “Grace.” Then he and Barbara took their two youngest children on a six year, 30,000 mile family odyssey that included four more ocean crossings. Their story, chronicled in his award winning book Sailing Grace is currently in script development in Hollywood.

John’s presentations are less about dying than living, about finding the adventure in even the most difficult circumstances. Out of crushing personal adversity and years of experience as a clinical psychologist, he fashions a message of hope, perseverance and love. He confronts life realities – the limits of control, the bankruptcy of victimhood, the power of attitude – with a blend of forthrightness and humor one news commentator described as “an elixir for anyone tiptoeing through life.”

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