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Riding in the shadows of Saints: a woman's story of motorcycling the Mormon Trail 3 editions

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Searching for Faith, Family, and Inner Peace on the Back of a MotorcycleBetween 1846 and 1866, about 50,000 Mormons traveled the Mormon trail, burying more than 6,000 of the faithful along the way. Four generations ago, seven of Jana Richman's eight great-great grandmothers walked all or part of the 1,300-mile trek, from Nauvoo, Illinois, on the Mississippi River to Salt Lake City. Traveling on faith and little else, they endured unfathomable hardships--bitter cold, extreme heat, mud, icy river crossings, blizzards, buffalo stampedes, disease, hunger, and exhaustion--never stopping until they reached their promised land where they could be free to practice a religion that few outsiders understood and many violently condemned.One hundred and fifty years later, Jana Richman packs maps and a laptop computer on the back of a motorcycle and follows the route of her ancestors, searching for the peace and faith the women before her carried with so much confidence. Jana also searches for a clearer understanding of how her devoutly Mormon mother is able to reconcile an independent spirit and enormous inner strength with her intense belief in a patriarchal institution. Riding into the nation's heartland, visiting graveyards, chatting with missionaries, and soaking in the rituals of the faith she so casually shrugged off as a teenager, Richman begins to unravel her family's mysteries and confront her own long-held prejudices about the Mormon Church.From the Trade Paperback edition.

3 editions First published in 2005

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