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Book details
  • Genre:SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre:Motivational & Inspirational
  • Language:English
  • Pages:310
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098347789
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098347772

Out Of The Fog!

A Story of Survival, Faith and Courage

by Sandra CH Smith

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Overview

"Out Of The Fog!" is for those seeking a happy and joyous life, free from addiction…how to push fear aside and step into a rewarding adventurous life. This is the inspiring story of a 35-year old woman who had everything— until Demon Rum crept in to steal it all away. At 8 years sober, Smith buys a sailboat, teaches herself to sail, and embarks, mostly alone, sometimes with her rebellious teenaged daughter, on a 7-year spiritual odyssey in the Pacific. The voyage gives mother and daughter both a chance to strengthen and heal their fragile relationship. Smith's book offers a heart-warming, sometimes terrifying testament to triumph over adversity.

Description

'Out Of The Fog!'  is for those seeking a happy and joyous life, free from addiction. This is the inspiring story of a 35-year old woman whose skid row was a beautiful tree-lined street in the suburbs. She had everything— until Demon Rum crept in to steal it all away. The author shares how she learned to shove fear aside and step into a rewarding adventurous life. With 8 years of sobriety tucked into her lifejacket,  Smith buys a 35-foot sailboat, teaches herself to sail, and embarks, mostly alone, sometimes with her rebellious teenaged daughter, on a 7-year spiritual odyssey in the Pacific. She follows the constellations (until a fellow boater points out that they move!) from San Francisco to the Polynesian Triangle somewhere off Easter Island. Smith's book offers a heart-warming, sometimes terrifying testament to triumph over adversity. "Out of the Fog!" provides painful but compelling insights into overcoming addiction as well as solving mother-daughter issues. The book illustrates the power of hope, faith and courage in facing the challenges of recovery and in healing fragile relationships.

About the author
Sandra CH Smith, an American-born child of immigrant parents, says adventuring is in her DNA. At age 11, she spent the school-year in Scotland, devoting free time to poking around dark and dank dungeons. Since then, she has lived in and explored many far-flung places, mostly alone, just because they were there. Smith spent her teenaged years in San Francisco's North Beach as a beatnik, hanging out with Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg, and other Beat writers. (Thirty years later, Lawrence Ferlinghetti would be a regular guest/crew aboard Smith's hot pink sailboat.) After studying International Economics and Foreign Affairs at George Washington University, Smith earned a degree from Grenoble University, France. She has enjoyed a zillion careers from art school model, actor and chef, to Constituent Liaison for a U.S. Senator in DC, Arts administrator, realtor, lobbyist for the Arts, director of Santa Cruz CA and Springfield MO Arts Commissions, to newspaper reporter/feature writer, host of her own ocean-going radio show, and innkeeper. Smith lives with her medievalist/opera-lover husband and their one-eyed 11-year old rescue doggie in Old Bisbee in Arizona's High Sonoran desert. In between RV escapades and other travels, she spends time writing about their non-stop adventures and creating exotic yummy recipes. Smith says her mantra today is, "I can't change the wind, but I can adjust my sails." (Jimmy Dean and/or Dolly Parton).


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Out of the Fog! A Story of Survival, Faith and Courage Review Rating: 5 Stars 2.25.21 Reviewed By Karen Walpole for Readers’ Favorite In Out of the Fog! A Story of Survival, Faith and Courage, Sandra CH Smith tells her life story. Smith, an intelligent, educated, and talented young mother of two begins to rely more and more on alcohol to deal with her unhappy life and manipulative husband. Her husband’s controlling and condescending ways destroy Sandra Smith’s self-confidence and her life and drinking spiral out of control. She eventually finds a 12-step program that saves her from suicidal despair and leads her to a relationship with her Higher Power. To free herself from her toxic marriage, she must start over with almost nothing. The book describes her slow and steady progress toward a courageous and fulfilling life. She deals with relationships with her children and her critical mother and gains strength from each obstacle and success. After regaining equilibrium and establishing herself again financially, she decides to buy and live aboard a 35-foot sailboat. Knowing nothing about sailing, she courageously teaches herself and learns from others until she becomes a sailing master. Throughout her journey, Sandra Smith relies on her higher power, the 12-step program, and her mantra “Everything will be alright.” I found Out of the Fog! A Story of Survival, Faith and Courage thrilling and inspiring. Anyone who has experienced drug or alcohol abuse or lived with an abusive spouse or partner needs to read this remarkable story of pain, recovery, hope, and triumph. There’s a joyous life out there waiting for each of us. Having the courage to try new things and trust that everything will turn out okay is the lesson I took from Out of the Fog! by Sandra CH Smith. Gaining strength from our Higher Power and living without limits will help us find the way to a fulfilled life. Read more
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