To Shake The Sleeping Self: A Journey From Oregon To Patagonia, And A Quest For A Life With No Regret
ISBN: 1524761400
EAN13: 9781524761400
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 31, 2019
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 0.72" H x 8" L x 5.19" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER - With winning candor, Jedidiah Jenkins takes us with him as he bicycles across two continents and delves deeply into his own beautiful heart.--Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things

On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and reflections drew hundreds of thousands of followers, all gathered around the question: What makes a life worth living?

In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jed narrates his adventure--the people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world--as well as the internal journey that started it all. As he traverses cities, mountains, and inner boundaries, Jenkins grapples with the question of what it means to be an adult, his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing, and his belief in travel as a way to wake us up to life back home.

A soul-stirring read for the wanderer in each of us, To Shake the Sleeping Self is an unforgettable reflection on adventure, identity, and a life lived without regret.

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5
   It sparks your spirit of adventure.
I have also given a copy of this book to a friend at Christmas.
 
5
   Breathtaking Book
Beautifully-written description of a young man's journey. People, Land, Food, Seens, the feel of the road beneath his bicycle-induced riveting. It is a touching, must-read book.
 
4
   Fun adventure
I've traveled vicariously with him, but couldn t put it down.
 
4
   Great read
A great read with provoking explorations of being an adult, defining your past and grappling with your future. A bit long-winded, but still an enjoyable read.
 
4
   What courage!
What courage showed Jed not only writing this book, but also traveling on the trip and allowing himself to have these thoughts. Great story, great writing and an inclusive way of telling the story to make it feel like you are on the trip.
 
1
   It's a long ride..
Boring person goes on a bike ride to prove he's interesting while having hangups about being gay. Travel as a metaphor for self-discovery, just without discovery.
 
5
   Amazing story
We purchased several copies as Xmas gifts and readers and non-readers thrilled with this box set. Highly recommended.
 
5
   Great book
When I began, I did not know anything about this book. I thought it would be just a travel log ''. I loved Jed's thoughtful discussions about life and religion and our relationships with our parents. I highly recommend ''.
 
2
   Underwhelming
As many other reviewers have stated, I really wanted to like this book, but it was just not that great. I enjoyed the first few paragraphs, but quickly became redundant in content and skill. I think he went as deep as he was capable, but it was not brave or deep enough for me! It seems to be contrived. The writings of a naive 30 year old are led as an influencer into a career. His deepest conversations about religion and sexuality were very surface and did not strike me as deep at all. As far as I could tell, no sleeping self was shaken awake. I think this book appeals to a certain group of hipster bloggers and influencers..., which is great for his career, but not a book I would recommend to my circle of friends.
 
3
   Awesome accomplishment, well told but little learned
Three stars and a half. I can 't put this book down, which is a tribute to how well it has been written and its subject, a 16-month long bicycle trip from Oregon to Pategonia. I also liked the way the author struggled with his inner self honestly. In the end, however, the journey does not really change him in any significant way. He enters our lives at the beginning of the book as a half-convinced evangelical Christian struggling with sin and leaves us pretty much the same at the end. Worth reading for the descriptions of the trip, but not something that inspires spiritually.
 
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