Jake Jacobson: Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

Evan Swensen
3 min readOct 25, 2023

In literature, some write merely for the sake of words, and then there are those like Jake Jacobson, whose words possess the power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. With a life etched in adventures and a pen that breathes life into each experience, Jake Jacobson is a master storyteller who leaves an indelible mark on Alaska’s literary landscape and society. He remarked, “I’ve noticed that as I go through life, I tend to accept or ignore things as being average rather than exceptional! Writing about my memories changed the average to the remarkable, unique, exceptional.” These words capture the essence of Jake’s literary journey.

Jake’s life is a tapestry woven with threads of adventure. Dr. Larry Gates, a man seeking an escape from the mundanity of his own life, found himself drawn to Jake’s world of excitement and unpredictability. A chance encounter led Dr. Gates to embark on a hunting expedition in the wilds of Alaska with Jake Jacobson as his guide. Little did he know that this decision would alter the course of his life.

Jake is more than just a guide; he embodies ruggedness, a character larger than life. They ventured into the Alaska wilderness together, forging a bond through shared challenges and triumphs. For Dr. Gates, this journey was more than a mere hunting expedition; it was a voyage into the depths of his soul. Jake’s storytelling prowess illuminated their adventures, turning them into vivid tales that captivated Dr. Gates and allowed him to see life differently.

Another facet of Jake’s life unfolded in Alaska’s remote towns and wilderness areas. Bob Penfold, an admirer of Jake’s work, attested that the chapters in Jake’s book “fun up” the everyday occurrences of Alaskan life. These aren’t tales spun from thin air; they are genuine accounts of the remarkable and sometimes hilarious situations Jake found himself in during his time in Alaska.

One couldn’t help but wonder if Jake had a knack for attracting extraordinary experiences. His ability to infuse humor into these stories makes them all the more relatable and endearing. Through his writing, Jake shares the magic of the Alaska wilderness with readers who may never have the opportunity to venture there. It’s as if he has a unique talent for capturing the essence of life in Alaska and presenting it in a way that makes readers feel like they are right there with him.

Jake Jacobson’s literary contributions extends beyond entertaining tales of adventure. His works profoundly impact society, shaping perspectives and touching hearts. His stories are not just about escapism but about forging connections with the vast wilderness and its inhabitants.

Through his vivid narratives, Jake sheds light on the Alaska landscape’s beauty and its people’s resilience. He doesn’t merely chronicle events; he invites readers to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Alaskan life. In doing so, he contributes to a deeper understanding of the region and its unique challenges.

In the end, Jake Jacobson’s legacy is one of transformation. He takes the ordinary moments of life, both his own and those of his readers, and turns them into extraordinary tales. His words have the power to transport readers to the heart of the Alaska wilderness, to make them laugh, and to impart wisdom.

Jake’s journey from an adventurer to a storyteller demonstrates the transformative power of writing. He shows that anyone with the right words and perspective can make the average remarkable, unique, and exceptional. Aspiring writers should take heart in Jake’s legacy, for he proves that words can shape history and touch the deepest recesses of the human soul.

I encourage you to explore Jake Jacobson’s work. Let them whisk you away to the untamed beauty of Alaska. But beyond that, I urge you to harness the power of writing in your own life. As Jake himself discovered, writing has the potential to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. So, pick up that pen or open that laptop, and let your words change the world, one story at a time.

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Evan Swensen

Book publisher, editor, author, Author Masterminds charter member, founder of Readers and Writers Book Club, and bush pilot.