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Through Dust and Darkness: A Motorcycle Journey of Fear and Faith in the Middle East Paperback – October 14, 2013


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books (October 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927330742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927330746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Kroeker is a freelance writer, a speaker, mountaineer and the award-winning author of Motorcycle Therapy A Canadian Adventure in Central America. With his motorcycle, he has travelled to over 30 countries while managing to do at least one outrageously stupid thing in every one. He has evaded police in Egypt, tasted teargas in Israel, scrambled through minefields in Bosnia and Lebanon and wrangled a venomous snake in Austria. One time he got a sliver in El Salvador. His writing has appeared in newspapers such as the Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press and Calgary Herald, and in U.S. magazines such as Alpinist, and Outrider Journal. He was born in Manitoba, grew up in Saskatchewan and currently lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shaffer on February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Recently I've formed an addiction to travel literature - specifically the two wheeled variety. I've been flying through books and I can tell you that this one stacks up to some of the best I've encountered. The author's travels are entertaining, his sense of humor is not unlike my own, and his personal struggles with religion added another interesting layer to his adventure. I'm not an overly spiritual individual but I think this aspect added a great deal to this book.

I purchased the book and later found out that the author lives just an hour from where I currently reside. I recently met him at a motorcycle show and he seemed like a genuine and humble guy. For a quick and comical read, I'd also recommend his first book: 'Motorcycle Therapy.' I hope he continues writing because I'll certainly keep buying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Gorman on December 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Harrowing accounts of travel throughout the Middle East (Greece, Turkey, Syria and Iran) as the author (a Mennonite on a motorcycle) searches for enlightenment.
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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 combines a fascinating account of his travels through Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and his ultimate goal – Iran, woven into his search for meaning.

“It had always bothered me that God expects so much of us while refusing to show himself plainly. Some say that God can’t reveal himself because that would nullify our faith.”

Parachuting from his fundamentalist Christian upbringing on the vast Canadian prairies into the choking cities of the Middle East, with their minarets, irrefutable expectation to answer the call to prayer five times daily, and brilliant Muslim mosques with gilded, mirrored shrines, is one way of learning to see things from a different perspective. At first it seemed the only things that connected them were the roads between New Testament cities, which came alive under his KLR650.

There are many times when he was describing travel and his interactions with other people that I wondered what he was thinking. Perhaps he was processing his thoughts and waiting for the right time to let them out because he was certainly more open with his musings towards the end.
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By Friđrik on November 9, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book, especially the bravery of the author to go into the mindfield of religion. That makes it more then just a motorcycle book but a personal journey.
I hope he continues this on this path. It would be interesting to see him check out, get his own experience by exploring Buddhism.
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