The Only Road North: 9,000 Miles of Dirt and Dreams

The Only Road North: 9,000 Miles of Dirt and Dreams

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by Erik Mirandette
     
 

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dangerous trek across Africa … a life-and-death struggle … and a call to live a life with no holds barred. Deserts and jungles, rebels and missionaries, bullets and acts of bravery, heaven and hell on earth—these are all part of a young man’s remarkable, true journey through thirteen African countries with his brother and two best friends.

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dangerous trek across Africa … a life-and-death struggle … and a call to live a life with no holds barred. Deserts and jungles, rebels and missionaries, bullets and acts of bravery, heaven and hell on earth—these are all part of a young man’s remarkable, true journey through thirteen African countries with his brother and two best friends. Erik Mirandette was completing a two-year stint with a humanitarian organization in Morocco when, continuing his quest to live the life he was created to live, he set off on an unforgettable pilgrimage. Beginning in Cape Town, Erik, his brother, and his two best friends covered 9,000 miles north by dirt bike, experiencing the poverty, beauty, and dangers of the African continent. Then in Cairo, having safely reached the end of their perilous journey, a terrorist’s bomb ripped Erik’s world and faith apart. The four travelers were now desperately wounded and on the brink of death. Erik’s struggle along his journey of faith is as gripping as his trek across Africa. The Only Road North takes readers to corners of the world and depths of the human heart they will never forget.

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Publishers Weekly

Mirandette made headlines when he and two friends were severely injured by a terrorist bomb in Cairo, Egypt, in April of 2005. His brother, Alex, who was weeks away from his 19th birthday, died in the attack. It was a tragic end to a journey that began in Cape Town, South Africa, months earlier when three young men (a fourth joined them later) set out on the journey that would change their lives. Mirandette had felt God's insistent call while studying at the U.S. Air Force Academy; he left the U.S. to help a relief organization in Melilla, Spain, then to assist earthquake victims in Morocco. But he felt he needed to see and experience the rest of Africa, so the young men took off together. His account of their 9,000-mile motorcycle journey is riveting. They faced wild animals, hostile people, civil wars, a lack of food and several crashes along the way, but this intrepid group never wavered in their resolve to finish the trip—until a bomb ripped their worlds apart. Mirandette reveals his own religious searching, questions and qualms, yet urges readers to make the choice to "follow and believe." This is a tale of spiritual quest and huge adventure that ends in tragedy but not regret. (Apr.)

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'A story of purpose and adventure, struggles and victories, gains and losses....An action-packed testimony of God's grace that leaves you questioning the lengths you would go to follow destiny when it calls. Erik's struggles with finding God in the midst of terror, tests, and trials become your struggles as you embark on this journey that gives you a sense of encouragement that can be applied to your everyday struggles with life and God.'
YouthWorker Journal
'A story of purpose and adventure, struggles and victories, gains and losses....An action-packed testimony of God's grace that leaves you questioning the lengths you would go to follow destiny when it calls. Erik's struggles with finding God in the midst of terror, tests, and trials become your struggles as you embark on this journey that gives you a sense of encouragement that can be applied to your everyday struggles with life and God.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310540748
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Sold by:
Zondervan Publishing
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
748,679
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Mirandette made headlines when he and two friends were severely injured by a terrorist bomb in Cairo, Egypt, in April of 2005. His brother, Alex, who was weeks away from his 19th birthday, died in the attack. It was a tragic end to a journey that began in Cape Town, South Africa, months earlier when three young men (a fourth joined them later) set out on the journey that would change their lives. Mirandette had felt God's insistent call while studying at the U.S. Air Force Academy; he left the U.S. to help a relief organization in Melilla, Spain, then to assist earthquake victims in Morocco. But he felt he needed to see and experience the rest of Africa, so the young men took off together. His account of their 9,000-mile motorcycle journey is riveting. They faced wild animals, hostile people, civil wars, a lack of food and several crashes along the way, but this intrepid group never wavered in their resolve to finish the trip---until a bomb ripped their worlds apart. Mirandette reveals his own religious searching, questions and qualms, yet urges readers to make the choice to 'follow and believe.' This is a tale of spiritual quest and huge adventure that ends in tragedy but not regret. (Apr.) -- Publisher’s Weekly

Meet the Author

Erik Mirandette, a state pole-vaulting champion in high school, attended the U.S. Air Force Academy for two years before going overseas to serve with a humanitarian mission in Morocco. He has since returned to the Academy and is currently finishing his degree in political science/international relations.

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Only Road North: 9,000 Miles of Dirt and Dreams 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Refreshingly free of the trappings of intellectual or religious pretense, Only Road North impacted me personally more than any other book in recent years. Only Road North brings the reader along in whirlwind cross-continent journey that forever changes the author AND reader. Mirandette writes vividly and honestly, not attempting to explain complex webs of racial and cultural interaction but rather simply retelling his story. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially if you're interested in adventure or international development, and even more so if those things scare you!
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A story about 3 courages boys, and their trek across Africa.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Great story that touches the heart! Forced to deal with a terrorist bombing that took the life of his brother and almost took his own, Mirandette has written the definitive account of living a 'life with purpose'.