The author told his story in such a way that you felt you were riding along with him----even if you are nothing more than a casual cyclist. The times that he weaves the Gospel message into his story are creative and shared from the heart. I bought a copy of the book for my son, who is a serious bike enthusiast!
In his first book, Hiking Through, Paul Stutzman relates his adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail after the death of his wife. After this accomplishment, he decided to ride his bicycle across America.
His trip started at Neah Bay, Washington. His destination was Key West, Florida5,000 miles away. For most of the trip, he rode alone. Occasionally, he would meet other cyclists and enjoyed riding with them. Riding alone in the dark of night gave him a feeling of sadness and loneliness. When daylight broke, he saw the beautiful scenery and realized most of his worries never materialized.
Along the way, he received assistance from strangers. Sometimes he was the one who helped someone else in need. He trusted God to keep him safe as he traveled through 13 states. He said that anyone who thinks following God is boring and restrictive is missing out. Life is a great adventure.
I'm not a bicyclist, so I wasn't sure if this book would be interesting to me, but I really enjoyed reading of his adventures, his thoughts, and his interactions with all the people he met.
This book was on special for $1.00 so I throw it in with the rest of my order. It was worth WAY more than that! Really enjoyed it. Anyone who enjoys geography, travelling, America, and true stories will find it worth their time reading Biking Across America.
I purchased this book for my son, who does a lot of bike riding for charities. My son and family are going to take a trip soon and I thought this would be a great gift for him to take along on his trip to read. Book came in excellent condition and is a great personal story.
Paul Stutzman in his new book, "Biking Across America" published by Revell shows us My Coast-to-Coast Adventure and the People I Met Along the Way .
From the Back Cover: Discover the heart of America on this life-changing, cross-country bike adventure
After Paul Stutzman finished hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, he found himself longing for another challenge. Trading his hiking boots for a bicycle, Paul set off to discover more of America.
Starting at Neah Bay, Washington, and ending at Key West, Florida, Paul traversed the five-thousand-mile distance between the two farthest points in the contiguous United States. Along the way he encountered nearly every kind of terrain and weather the country had to offer-as well as hundreds of fascinating people who represent the challenges and triumphs of the entire country. Through cold and heat, loneliness and exhaustion, abundance and kindness, Paul pedaled on. His reward-and yours-is a glimpse of an amazing country that inspires us all.
If you long for adventure, love to meet new people, and love this place called America, get ready for the ride of your life.
"Biking Across America" is an interesting book. When my wife and I left the East Coast to move to the West Coast we made the journey by car. Over the course of our trip we saw quite a few states and cities and met a lot of really interesting people. This is somewhat similar to what Mr. Stutzman experienced though his was better, we made the trip by car, he made his by bicycle. "Biking Across America" is a memoir, an account of that journey. Want to know what our Country is like? This book is for you. Want to draw close to God? So did Mr. Stutzman and this book chronicles how he did it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.