To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

// October 20th, 2019 // David Helpling, Jon Jenkins
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “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.
Praise for To Shake the Sleeping Self

“[Jenkins is] a guy deeply connected to his personal truth and just so refreshingly present.”Rich Roll, author of Finding Ultra
“This is much more than a book about a bike ride. This is a deep soul deepening us. Jedidiah Jenkins is a mystic disguised as a millennial.”—Tom Shadyac, author of Life’s Operating Manual

“Thought-provoking and inspirational . . . This uplifting memoir and travelogue will remind readers of the power of movement for the body and the soul.”—Publishers Weekly

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3 Responses to “To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Eh I really wanted to love this book. I followed his travels on Instagram. I enjoyed his interviews. I love a good travelogue. I enjoyed the first half of the book, but by the second half I was ready for it to be done. Good for him for taking this journey, but he’s just not that interesting. All of the religious guilt and baggage was irritating. I just wanted him to let go of it and have some wild sex, and be free. His privilege was so apparent and he didn’t seem to recognize it. I…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don’t bother with this one… I wish so badly that I had read these reviews before I shelled out money for this book. Early on he says he was told that this was HIS trip and he can do it any way he wants and if he takes a bus, boat, taxi, etc., it’s not cheating. I agree that he should do the trip any way he wants, HOWEVER, when your book jacket says that you cycled from Oregon to Patagonia, that’s what I want to read about. Adventure, hardships, overcoming difficult situations, perseverance, enlightenment, etc…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Underwhelming As many other reviewers have stated, I really wanted to like this book but it just wasn’t that great. I enjoyed the first few paragraphs but it quickly became redundant in content and skill. I think he went as deep as he was capable of but it wasn’t brave or deep enough for me! It seems contrived. The writings of a naive 30 year old being guided into a career as an influencer. His deepest conversations about religion and sexuality were very surface and didn’t strike me as deep at all…

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