“I am on a sabbatical year on my sailboat and I had read this book during the first month of my journey by see. What a great story! I recognize my self in the author’s way to explain the need to live something else. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves freedom, sailing, or life on a different path. The kind of book that will give you the guts to realize your dreams.”
Patrick Carrière, Montréal, Québec
“I love this kind of book–an outdoor adventure that’s also introspective, thoughtful, and revealing of self. Larry Jacobson created a beautiful story of change and growth, compiling his journal notes and emails from circumnavigating the globe, then adding in postscripts. It’s inspiring that a “regular” guy took on a big dream like this. He started with no more preparation than anyone else, but he charted a course through all the potential barriers and did a marvelous thing: lived big, wrote a gorgeous book, and went on to share it with other writers and dreamers. Thanks, Larry. The love is palpable in these pages.”
“What a pleasant surprise. Early on it became a page turner. Later, I couldn’t put it down. The writer takes one along on a modern day Homer’s Odyssey sailing around the world. For a geography buff the book is rich with coordinates, maps and ships logs. A very nice balance of detail, and nautical terminology fairly well explained, adventure building to points of gripping suspense. Never too much information, just the right amount of drama. It had me running to Google Earth to add dimension. A book to cherish with one’s better folios, superb binding, creamy paper. A real gem, through and through. I haven’t felt so inspired in a long time. It gives a sense that life can be lived to it’s fullest, leaves your smiling. Awesome journey.”
“The Boy Behind The Gate is an excellent book with a unique story told from the lessons of the captain who spent six years of his life sailing around the world. Only a handful of people can say they too have sailed around the world each year. This book is a page turner from start to finish. I highly recommend it.”
Stu (via Amazon)
“I’m dropping you a note to let you know that I just finished reading and was truly blown away. I have read several memoirs of cruising experiences, but yours was by far the most moving, scintillating, and inspiring.
“As I finished the last page I was surprised to find tears pouring down my cheeks… I’m not sure if they were due to sharing your powerful emotions at the end of your journey, or just sadness that the experience was over for me now that the book was done. Maybe it was both. Your writing is so gripping that I truly felt like I was making the journey with you, and I already miss being out there with you.
“Thank you for sharing your story with the world.”
Greg Hicks, Bestselling Co-Author
of How We Choose to Be Happy
“What a delightful read. Larry Jacobson’s lively prose and vivid descriptions capture not only the amazing adventures of his circumnavigation, they also let us into his heart in a way few writers achieve. The account of his inner journey, while he learned to overcome his doubts and achieve “life lived to the fullest,” is truly inspiring. Even if I had never sailed on a boat in my life, I would still have found it difficult to put down this charming memoir.”
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor, Sail-World
“Adventurous, exciting, quiet and reflective. Much like sailing itself, this true tale of circumnavigating the oceans of the world is spellbinding. Written from a very personal perspective the journey progresses with the trials and tribulations such a sojourn entails. From self-doubt and hesitations to love and sheer bliss the crew makes landfall in all the wondrous ports and anchorages of which many a sailor dreams. You will feel you are there. You will want to be other than in your mind’s eye and you won’t want the journey to end. Lets hope this author picks up his pen soon and regales us with another perspective of life’s adventures.”
“Being a landlubber I never thought I’d read a book about sailing; so I was incredibly surprised to enjoy, The Boy Behind the Gate. To read such a riveting and real story; so full of adventure, danger, beauty, and a really scary storm, was truly a joy. I have never wished to do something so adventurous or daring. The only sailing I’ve ever done was on the San Francisco Bay, and I would never sail the open seas on anything smaller than a cruise ship.
“And, thankfully, because of Larry’s incredible ability to describe (in such vivid detail), his trials, the beautiful ports, and the meeting of new and equally adventurous people; I’ll never have to circumnavigating the globe myself. With every page I felt I was right there with Larry and his crew (but thankfully, and especially during the storm on the Red Sea, I was happily and safely on my sofa). I looked forward to reading every chapter and was disappointed, though relieved, when they sailed back under the Golden Gate Bridge. I highly recommend this book.”
“Larry Jacobson has lived life on the edge and, as a result, made his dreams come true. In this amazing, riveting book, he shares his great adventure sailing around the world. Every page I felt his fears and the storms and was right there with him on that boat. This book is about honesty, fearlessness, and having the courage to make your dreams come true.”
David Mixner, Bestselling Author
“With a heart and a head full of both determination and second thoughts, Larry’s voyage begins with letting go…. It was definitely one of those moments where everyone else was questioning his decision, but Larry wasn’t listening. Throughout the book, Larry’s hunger to succeed and to enjoy life shine through. He’s definitely a spokes person for positive motivation if I’ve ever read one.”
Shannon Yarborough, LULU Book Review
“A fascinating and very much recommended read…”
Midwest Book Review
“If you’ve ever wondered about testing your limits — and who hasn’t — you must read The Boy Behind the Gate. Jacobson tested his limits by dreaming big, taking risks, persevering through challenging circumstances and living his life to its fullest — demonstrating what is necessary to bring change to your life. This book is not only a wonderful adventure; it is also great therapy.”
Loren A. Olson, MD, psychiatrist and
author of Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight
Burt Dubin, Motivational Speaker
“I just completed reading ‘Boy Behind the Gate.’ I savored it. I absorbed it. I re-read passages, even entire chapters. A few times I couldn’t read because of the tears of laughter or of emotion blurring my eyes. There were a few Oh My God’s along the way, like the time you were tangled up in the anchor buoy line, when the current carried you away from the dinghy, like the storm in the Red Sea. I was with you during that storm!
“On the other hand, a few times on the plane I was laughing so hard that the person in the next seat was looking at me strangely. Seriously, Larry, you are an exceptional writer and this is an exceptional book and truly inspiring.
“Bottom line, the book far exceeded my highest expectations and is beautifully and superbly written. Congratulations! Way to go!”
R. Moon, Reader
“Larry, I want you to know I could not put your book down. Read it all in about 3 days. It was absolutely a joy to read; every single page. I am a voracious reader, have been all my life, and I say this with the utmost sincerity: your book is one of the most inspirational I have ever read. Also it is extremely entertaining. You write very well. I truly felt like I was there on board the Julia with you. That is an amazing accomplishment to be able to make your readers feel that connection. Thank you for your contribution. I am sure your book will touch many, many hearts and minds in so many ways.”
J.G. van Leeuwen, Reader
“Been reading your book and am really enjoying it. What an exciting journey!”
“I’ve just finished The Boy Behind the Gate and enjoyed it immensely. It is very well written, inspiring, and was surprisingly suspenseful. Having done some sailing myself, coupled with your vivid prose made the book quite a page-turner. Congratulations on another great accomplishment: a terrific memoir.”
“We were fortunate enough to be introduced to Larry Jacobson, who recently returned from a successful circumnavigation and who graciously volunteered his (and his partner Ken’s) time to sit down and talk with us about their trip and make sure we weren’t forgetting something in our planning.
“Armed with two pizzas and two thousand questions we showed up at his apartment where we instantly began absorbing everything they had to say. Nearly five hours later we left inspired, motivated and perhaps (just a little) terrified. The real value of talking with Larry and Ken, was the reassurance that we actually are on the right track. We’ve been planning non-stop, and you begin to wonder if your research is founded too much on books and internet and not enough on experience. Before our meeting with Larry I was scared about lack of off-shore experience, storms, groundings, etc. Afterwards I’ve found the only thing that actually scares me is the idea of leaving a city and lifestyle I love. But also more than ever, I can’t wait to leave.”
A. Kleeman, Future Circumnavigator
“It works. It really works. I have become quite a bookworm in the last couple of years, and I wasn’t sure what to expect but I love the fact that I can take this adventure.. or at least get a real nice taste of it by reading through your adventures.
It’s inspiring to realize that people do live out their dreams. I hope you don’t mind me ranting… but really it’s raving… because I am enjoying every page of your adventure.
N. Hanson, Reader
“I had to send you a quick note. WOW! I woke up this morning and thumbed through your book. The pictures are amazing! I read a little bit, here and there, and then had to go to the first chapter. It got me — the book, that is.”
J. Castillo, Reader
“I just read your poem, “To Live On the Edge.” It gave me chills. I don’t sail, but it’s that same feeling. Once you have given it all up and walked away, the urge just keeps coming back again and again. You just can’t settle and commit to staying in one place.”
These words really moved me.
Yet still my thirst remains unquenched.
Now I stand on the edge again
Staring at the wind blown waters,
Wondering where I belong.
Do I go or do I stay.
I ask it of myself
Each and every day.”
Producer of Dorothy’s Closet
“Lovin’ the read, Larry… I can’t wait to get back to sailing this spring!”
L. Erickson, Reader
“Just the weather forecasting sounds daunting, let alone the sailing mechanics. It surely doesn’t sound like you can put the key in, put a sail up, and sit back and float along the ocean! I know it must have been god awful when the boy hit his head and they went to the “hospital”. I love the side stories of the villages and the people and I also liked reading about their dives into the shipwrecks. I haven’t gotten to the “nightmare” that he is alluding to…”
M. Juno, Reader
“Trying to digest the logistics of putting all of your experiences and thoughts together is such a seamless and attention captivating way… my God… no wonder it took you 3 years!! I am totally in awe of such a talent.”
L. Cardinal, Reader
“I finished reading your book last night and I wanted you to know how much it has affected me. I have a feeling you will be hearing from many people who want to share their appreciation to you for writing the book.
“I mostly read non-fiction as I find people and their experiences so interesting and inspiring. Your book was no exception. I was captivated by your perseverance and follow-through to succeed, and determination to enjoy the hell out of the experience! Your writing style was so engaging-the descriptions of people, places, and your emotions made me feel like I was along for the ride.
“Larry, thank you for sharing your story of adventure and how you fulfilled your dream. Truly inspirational!”
A. Chapot, Reader