Fred Fruehan

Off the grid

A Father’s Journey


When Fred Fruehan’s son Freddy is kidnapped at age fourteen, Fred puts his life on hold and vows to find him. Freddy escapes from his captors but not from the horror of those thirty-five days. OFF THE GRID is the story of Fred’s attempts to save his son. It is the story of a father’s journey, a journey that includes facing his own past and his own demons.

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Speaking Engagements

Book Fred as a speaker for your event and enjoy an inspirational, entertaining and informative talk.

Great for:

  • Health Care Professionals & Hospitals

  • Churches

  • Spiritual Groups

  • Support Groups for those in Grief

  • Therapists

  • Recovery Homes

  • Halfway Houses

  • Libraries

  • Historic Societies

  • Schools

  • Young Entrepreneurs 

  • Groups Seeking Inspiration to Achieve Life-changing Goals

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The Family

“We weren’t like anybody else, and I loved our family. We were special.”
- Fred Fruehan

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daughter Tish

Eighteen months old when he married her mother—Fred’s daughter from that day forth.


son Freddy

Like his father, an adventurer who tested all the limits and whose tragic kidnapping forced him off the grid.


daughter Jill

The smart one. The lost child, who hid her rebelliousness and her heartbreak.


daughter Becky

The premature, deaf, disabled little girl who taught Fred what it takes to be a father.


son Ivan 

Wife Ana’s son, he gave Fred an opportunity to be a father again, this time a sober one.


No one taught Fred Fruehan how to be a father.

He learned as most men do, by his own mistakes.

This book is his journey.


About Fred

From going off the grid at age sixteen, picking tomatoes, and living with a Mexican family in Central California, to owning a successful food-distribution company and real estate investment business, Fred Fruehan has beaten the odds. He has created job-training programs for the disabled and was awarded Employer of the Year by the State of California. Married to his second wife, Ana, he enjoys meeting and helping people and mentors a staff of thirty-three employees he thinks of as his other family.


The Family Album