The paperback edition of Jeremy Kroekers Through Dust and Darkness.
Jeremy Kroeker is a Mennonite with a motorcycle. When his seemingly unflinching faith in a Christian world view begins to shift, he hops on his bike to seek answers. After shipping his ride to Europe, Kroeker discovers that the machine now wobbles worse than his own opinion about spirituality. Still, he carries on, through Germany, Austria, Croatia, Albania and into the Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and ultimately the theocratic nation of Iran.
It is there that Kroeker takes a forbidden visit to holy Muslim shrine. Once he is inside, invisible hands 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 on night to threaten him with death. At least, that’s one way to look at it.
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 faith in a world gone slightly mad.
His Journey into the Middle East, Syria and Iran by motorcycle is, on it’s own, a fantastic tale but to see into the authors mind, heart and life as he moves over the land is a gift.