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TESTING THE WIND is the story of one man's journey through transitions, lesson by lesson, one discovery at a time. In stepping off the dock of his familiar life, Peter learns how to trust in the unfolding, opening of life itself, to let go and use the wind to take him out onto the next tide of his life. ...more
Published April 14th 2021 by Coffeetown Press
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Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a good friend of Peter's and before the book came out I was worried about how careful I would have to be in my reaction to it. I am extremely happy to be able to report that Peter is really a very good writer. The stories he unfolds here, and the way they are woven in and around his experiences learning to sail, work well on many levels. The metaphor of learning to sail and learning to live completely works. The juxtaposition of the narratives adds a level of pleasure to reading the book. T ...more
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Ilgenfritz has written a rare book of deep vulnerability and determination to discover his true self as well as break barriers as a gay minister. From childhood through college, from Divinity school to ministry he explores with warm eloquence his doubts and confusion along his challenging path. His heartfelt journey in relationships is also shared with compassion and honesty. I was deeply moved and Peter's story opened important questions up for me, of authenticity, aliveness, and courage. ...more
Carl Woestwin
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's all summed up on the last page of this engaging memoir: "...a life lived with integrity and told honestly and vulnerably is what matters most." My heart opened to Peter's vulnerability and my mind opened to his bravery in telling this very personal story. I didn't follow the sailing metaphor every time it was used, but it was used effectively often. It's funny to say "how brave you were to show how afraid you were", but that's what I felt, admiration for his speaking all those difficult to ...more
Anne Dooley
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the few books written by someone I know that I did not want to end. Peter writes with clarity, intelligence and humor about the stages and transitions in his life, with learning to sail as a skillfully interwoven metaphor. It’s a brave book; Peter shows his vulnerabilities and shares his missteps. It made me want to dig down and do that thing that I’m afraid of, to cast off some old assumptions and not be afraid of change. I hope there will be a sequel.
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Mike Denton
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good mix...

This is a story about sailing, and love, and vocation, and vocation, and vocation. It's not a roadmap but a description of processing and living that I enjoyed and felt reassured by.
Genjo Marinello
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter weaves his journey of learning how to sail, with the courage one needs to humbly face the unpredictable transitions of life. When is the best time to shove off? What will be our next port? Do we have sufficient skills to make this leg of the journey? If not where can we learn them? In reading, “Testing the Wind” all of us can learn a bit more about how to find our own way.
John V
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend! Beautifully written with ongoing comparison of learning to sail with life experiences. Makes you look inside yourself and realize we are all the same with our uncertainty and evolving relationships.
Andrew Arsenault
I loved reading this story of Peter’s life viewed through the lens of sailing. Stretching beyond his comfort zone and imaging that he could be happier by daring to learn new things about life, he uses sailing as a metaphor for exploring a new way of living. Highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with how to be happier.
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ships and sailing have long been a metaphor for facing life’s challenges, and our language itself is peppered with phrases torn from a sailing journal: “being adrift,” “setting sail,” “facing stormy seas,” etc. Testing the Wind is a new autobiography in these rich currents; a middle-aged man is called to sailing lessons, and finds himself, in a time of transition, learning far more than to read the water and wind and points of sail.

What makes this book fresh and exciting is the author’s honesty
Kent French
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoughtful, beautiful, vulnerable meditation on what it means to let go so that you can soar forth. Using his experience of sailing as a metaphor for life, Peter helps us understand through his experience how we might trust and learn to harness the winds of life and untether ourselves from the inner monologues and thought patterns that hold us back. A tale of liberation at the most personal level.
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