Author: Laura Everett
Title: Holy Spokes : The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels
Publication Info: Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017.
Rev. Laura is someone I know, mostly from Twitter, but occasionally at church or out biking the streets of Boston. This is a book about bicycling and as it’s set in Boston, it’s very familiar to me, especially the growing community of bike users that has become more active in the past decade, as well as the more somber remembrances of people who have been killed riding their bikes in recent years. Everett writes about the spirituality of bicycling, beginning with her own conversion to commuting by bike. Her ministry to the city grows as she travels the streets of the most vulnerable communities, seeing them up close without the windshield view. And biking also gives an understanding of vulnerability to the rider as bicyclists are generally maligned community, their bodies always at risk, and any protections gained despite fighting tooth and nail are generally still insufficient. It’s a beautiful book that touches on many things, cities and bikes, faith and justice. I highly recommend it.
Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh, In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist by Pete Jordan, and Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities by Jeff Mapes