Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels by Laura Everett, 9780802873736

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Invites readers to embrace the spiritual and communal benefits of cycling in the city After Laura Everett's car died on the highway one rainy night, she started riding her bicycle to work-and began an unlikely conversion to full-time bicycle commuter. In Holy Spokes Everett tells how she became a dedicated cyclist and uses her story to develop a distinctly urban spirituality. With chapters structured around the parts of a bicycle, the book looks at the history of cycling, relates Everett's own experiences biking in Boston, and reflects on the spiritual dimensions of moving through the city on two wheels. "As I bike across the cobblestones and potholes of Boston," Everett says, "I now have daily opportunity to see the life of my city more clearly, love the broken world around me more dearly, and follow this path more nearly. Curiously, I think I am closer to God because of my bicycle."

Publisher reviews

Amy Butler -- The Riverside Church "Simultaneously revelatory and brilliantly accessible, Laura Everett's Holy Spokes winds and weaves its way with grace through the little mysteries and miracles of daily life. In this beautiful book she shows us how a single activity--biking through Boston--properly observed, reveals the world. And when we begin to see what we already know, we recall that a generous attention and an open heart can transform even the most mundane tasks into a spiritual practice, occasions to encounter the divine."Elly Blue -- author of Bikenomics "An enlightening spiritual introduction to the art of bicycling. . . . Everett reflects on her bicycling life using a spiritual frame--how to stay true, steer a steady course, find the right gear, know when to pedal, when to brake, and when to rest."Max Grinnell -- The Urbanologist "In Holy Spokes Laura Everett offers us the world as viewed from the handlebars of her bike as she navigates Boston's urban landscape, complete with sharrows, greenways, and contemplative aspects of cycling culture. She offers cadence and communion with the world around her as a way of being in a chaotic world. This book is a delight."Debbie Blue -- author of Consider the Birds "Even if you don't trade your car for a bike (which you might), reading this book will help you cultivate an awareness that the presence of God is among us--not just in the bright shiny moments but on the pavement, in the mundane, the gritty and the fragile. This intelligent, witty, and thoroughly engaging book will help you remember to practice seeing. Everett is a wise teacher. This is a wonderful book."William H. Lamar IV -- Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, DC "For anyone who has longed to look at the beating heart of their city through the lens of faith, Laura Everett provides a winsome two-wheeled tour. She brings us on an urban immersion experience, helping us pay attention to neighbors as well as neighborhoods, person by person and street by street. What she understands about building community is valuable to faith and community leaders alike."Amy Butler "Simultaneously revelatory and brilliantly accessible, Laura Everett's Holy Spokes winds and weaves its way with grace through the little mysteries and miracles of daily life."Elly Blue "An enlightening spiritual introduction to the art of bicycling."Max Grinnell"Everett offers cadence and communion with the world around her as a way of being in a chaotic world. This book is a delight."Debbie Blue "Intelligent, witty, and thoroughly engaging."William H. Lamar IV "For anyone who has longed to look at the beating heart of their city through the lens of faith, Laura Everett provides a winsome two-wheeled tour."Publishers Weekly "Fresh and delightful. . . . With a window into cycling culture, Everett never loses her focus on her belief that commuting by bicycle can be a cosmic and soul-enriching good."

About the author

Laura Everett is a dedicated urbanist, a pastor in the United Church of Christ, and a four-season bicycle commuter in her adopted city of Boston. She serves as the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

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