“Do you have a book?”

“Do you have a book?” I can’t remember the first time I was asked that question. It was probably twenty-five years ago. I wanted to write a book. I felt I had a book full of thoughts and stories poised to burst out of my consciousness. But writing a book takes something that I was lacking…discipline. I could never bring myself to stay at the pen and paper, or the typewriter, or the word processor, or the keyboard (writing has changed in twenty-five years) long enough to get a bookload of words out.

But writing tools are not the only thing that changes in a quarter of a century. People change, too. To be specific, I changed. I’ve matured…or something that looks a bit like maturity. Maybe it was raising children, maybe it was telling stories verbally in thousands of places, maybe it was riding a handcycle across America, or maybe it was Darla. If I had to pick one, I would say it was Darla. She is usually at the base of any positive growth in my life. Either way, for the first time in my life I don’t have to answer that question with a discouraging, “No.” Because, “Yes. I do have a book!” Wow, that looks better written out than it sounded in my head.

Hope and Courage Across America (the book) is finished and available for sale. It was a long time coming and I hope I did a good job.  It is filled with stories and lessons of hope and courage. The hope comes from Jesus Christ and the courage comes from within us when we realize we don’t face life’s mountains alone.

I encourage you to buy a copy for yourself and a friend. It will make a difference in each of your lives. And as a bonus, the proceeds from each book goes back into our outreach project, Hope and Courage Journey 2011. You not only get the book about our last journey across America, you help send us across again to share our message of Hope. Thank you.

Hope and Courage Across America by Bob Mortimer.  Buy it now!

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5 Responses to “Do you have a book?”

  1. Scott Snow says:

    Dear Mortimer’s: A few weeks ago my pastor Taylor Hollbrook approached me after the service to inform me that you had called to ask permission to use our church name “Hopewell” and that could only mean one thing……..you’re at it again!!! I am delighted to hear you can now boast in the Lord as you publish word of His grace and glory through your stories of Hope and Courage in riding across America “From Sea to Shining Sea”. Though I followed your first journey through the blog, I can’t wait to read the book version as it comes through your mind’s eye looking back over the trip in its entirety. I pray you all have been keeping in shape for your second passage East and look forward to reading even more stories of your living witness to God’s work in the world through you and your incredible family.


    Scott, Coleen, Ryan, Sean and Kyra

  2. Reenie LeVering says:

    Hi to everyone at the Mortimer house. I know you’re all busy getting ready to start on yet another journey of Hope and Courage. Just wanted to let you know that I just ordered 2 books. Since you are my brother, I’m sure you’ll be happy to give me your autograph when you return in the fall! Fred and I wish you well and will be following you through the website and Mom’s updates. It is a wonderful life you are living and I am proud to be part of your family.
    Love to all,

  3. Tom Mortimer says:

    Wow Bob,

    I didn’t realize you were leaving the day after Easter! Do you understand the ramifications of this? You are leaving the day after our Saviour rose from the dead to confirm that once and for all He had conquered death for us all. But the Bible also states the following:

    And behold, the veil of the sanctuary
    was torn in two from top to bottom.
    The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened,
    and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.
    And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection,
    they entered the holy city and appeared to many.

    You are truly a saint in our eyes as is your entire family. May the Lord be with you as you appear to the multitudes and preach His Good Word.

    Luv ya, Me

  4. Eric says:

    WOW! what an insperation your family is. I am new to the cycling world. You can read about here roadtoacenturyandbeyond.wordpress.com I heard your story this morning on my local radio station Spirit 105.3. I recently have done a blog entry on motivation. I want to tell your story to some of my blog readers do you mind if I share your story like this? Even better yet if you have any intrest in doing a guest post on my blog let me know. But most of all I just want to share your story! Please contact me through my blog. Look forward to hearing something from you.

  5. Peggy Polley says:

    Happy Easter! He is Risen!
    Although we didn’t get to ride across that big bridge with you this time, we want you to know that we are cheering you on and riding with you to the same destination, just on a different trail.
    Hope and courage in our risen King,
    Love, from The Polley’s

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