Through Dust and Darkness: A Motorcycle Journey of Fear and Faith in the Middle East

Through Dust and Darkness A Motorcycle Journey of Fear and Faith in the Middle East Jeremy Kroeker is a Mennonite with a motorcycle When his seemingly unflinching faith in a Christian worldview begins to shift Kroeker hops on his bike to seek answers from another perspective After s

  • Title: Through Dust and Darkness: A Motorcycle Journey of Fear and Faith in the Middle East
  • Author: Jeremy Kroeker
  • ISBN: 9781927330746
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jeremy Kroeker is a Mennonite with a motorcycle When his seemingly unflinching faith in a Christian worldview begins to shift, Kroeker hops on his bike to seek answers from another perspective After shipping his ride to Europe, Kroeker discovers that the machine wobbles back and forth worse than his own opinions about spirituality Still, he caries on, oscillating througJeremy Kroeker is a Mennonite with a motorcycle When his seemingly unflinching faith in a Christian worldview begins to shift, Kroeker hops on his bike to seek answers from another perspective After shipping his ride to Europe, Kroeker discovers that the machine wobbles back and forth worse than his own opinions about spirituality Still, he caries on, oscillating through Europe Germany, Austria, Croatia, Albania and into the Middle East Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and, ultimately, Iran.It is there, in the theocratic nation of Iran, that Kroeker finds himself on a forbidden visit to a holy Muslim Shrine Once inside, invisible hands reach into his chest and rip from his heart a sincere prayer, his first in many years And God hears that prayer For before Kroeker can escape Iran, God steals into his hotel room one night to threaten him with death At least, that s one way to look at it.In the end, Kroeker comes to accept uncertainty What does he really know anyway He may always fear a God that he can t explain Perhaps if he keeps riding, one of these days God will speak clearly And that frightens him, too.

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    1. I loved his first book so much. This book was nothing like it. I enjoyed this book a lot though, I was expecting more entertainment but walked away a little more knowledgeable. The first book was like dessert and this one is the dinner. It got deep at parts and dug a little more into faith then what I like to read, but that's my fault because he mentions that in the second sentence on the back of the book. Looking forward to the next one. Go somewhere with better weather.

    2. When I saw the description for Jeremy Kroeker’s second book Through Dust and Darkness, I was immediately intrigued. It describes a Mennonite on a motorcycle, questioning his faith and seeking enlightenment riding through the Middle East. It’s a great plot to begin with, but given that a motorcycle came into my life as the Mennonite was exiting, I sensed we might have a lot in common. I was curious to see where his questioning had taken him and how it had shaped him.Through Dust and Darkness [...]

    3. This is the third motorcycle travel book I’ve read. Though I’ve only had one short ride on a motorized bike in my life, there’s something about bike books that I find liberating. Jeremy Kroeker’s first book, Motorcycle Therapy, was my first bike book. I read it because he was my husband’s friend in high school. I thought I’d just read a few chapters, but then I found myself laughing aloud at an airport while I read it. I finished the book.Through Dust and Darkness is more of a spirit [...]

    4. It's about the journey, not the destination. Sometimes, you've got to take a chance and live it. Jeremy's travel through the middle east sees him attempting to reconcile this idea, while still heavily focused on going to Iran. From Sept 2007 to Jan 2008, we get to accompany him as he rides through Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. While the actual journey was far more encompassing, this is the lens through which he chooses to focus.While I was surprised to find out that this book would be focused on bo [...]

    5. This is a wonderful travel memoir of a man from Alberta Canada who ship himself and his motorcycle to Europe with his main goal of riding through Iran. Jeremy Kroeker has already traveled across Central America as chronicled in his first book Motorcycle Therapy. This time, he's headed to the Middle East with hopes of visiting Iran "just because".Kroeker might be a poor, young unmarried man with a mixed up idea of what faith is, but to the people he encounters he is priviledged, Western,and free. [...]

    6. While exploring Damascus, the author notes a prominent downtown office tower that's been conspicuously abandoned mid-construction due to serious structural issues. He wryly comments, "What a waste people should examine their foundations more carefully before building" This book is more than a motorcycle travelogue. It is also a story about coming face-to-face with the spiritual and religious structures we build on foundations that, for some of us, as mid-life and increasing experience with the [...]

    7. Once I started Through Dust and Darkness there was no hope for me putting it down. Jeremy's first book (Motorcycle Therapy) was a great read - personal and funny in a way that kept my mind off of a madly rolling sea that was determined to make me sick. But *this* book is different. It's not a distraction nor is it a light read. Jeremy manages to refine his wonderfully personal style of writing but also allows us to see something so intimate it's almost uncomfortable; his struggle to reconcile fa [...]

    8. I really enjoyed reading this book. Reading about Mr. Kroeker's adventures in the middle east and the trials and tribulations of keeping his motorcycle roadworthy was really great. Not only is the style of writing witty and funny, it is engaging as well. The little details that are provided about the hows and whys of his decisions are what really drew me into the book. Great read, I look forward to reading more of his work.

    9. Thanks Jeremy! I bought this book looking for a travel adventure and found a life adventure. Your honesty and insight is inspiring.

    10. Jeremy Kroeker gives us a lot to think about, to laugh about (and at) and to feel as he guides us through an extraordinary journey of the head, heart and soul.

    11. A motorcycle travelogue with a touch of religion and some really bad metaphors. The surface of the lake looked like a buttered cookie sheet.

    12. Not enough motorcycling to interest me as a biker. And the theology was thin, very all or nothing. Of course the faith we have as children and teens will not work for us as adults -- it's got to mature as we mature. Or, we join the Dawkins/Hitchens crowd -- which is fine when they're not self-righteously angry, an arrogance that got many of us away from organized religion in the first place. Bottom line, Kroeker is a competent writer, with enough flaws to make him somewhat interesting (but kind- [...]

    13. I was recommended to read this book by Paddy Tyson at Overland Magazine. So it's all his fault!The Mennonite bit did intrigue me as without the aid of Google I had heard of the sect but had no idea where on the line if Christianity they lay!As a travel book this is a really good piece of writing. Especially reaching the "goal" of Iran even without the motorcycle. As a motorcyclist myself I use books like this to exorcise my own shortcomings as a world traveller.I have some 450000 miles under my [...]

    14. This is an interesting read and a well written book. I was fascinated to read about someone's recent travels around the Middle East and Jeremy didn't disappoint. Many travel books just talk about the journey but Jeremy's is more than that. It's a personal journey as well, which all good trips - and books - are. Jeremy takes us on a physical and spiritual trip and I couldn't put the book down. I want to know what happens next!Well worth a read.

    15. Although the author's trip was an interesting one I found his writing style tedious. He describes some great personal interactions, descriptions of questionable lodging and experiences most westerners will never have. He also attempts to weave in a personal quest for faith that feels layered on as an afterthough.

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