Well, summer has officially arrived, which means most of you are probably outdoors doing something exciting and fun rather than curling up on the couch with a good book. Still, even at the height of the sun season, it’s important to engage in some rest and relaxation as you gear up for new adventures. If you’re looking to whisk yourself away on your next big armchair adventure, you should check out “Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide,” Jill Homer’s candid memoir about her 2,740-mile mountain bike journey in the 2009 Tour Divide. Here’s what reviewers are saying about the book so far:

“On the surface, this is a book about the amazing ability of humans to persevere and a stark reminder that our limits are much greater than most of us allow ourselves to believe. On a deeper level this is a poignant and deeply personal portrait of human nature. This book is griping and fun to read, but also thought provoking and invites deep and searching introspection.”
— Chris Wightman

“Jill Homer brings the world alive in her book “Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide” by using an amazing talent for describing her world of mountain bike racing through a poetic use of words. We are invited to join Jill as she relates the roller coaster of events that occurred to her as she follows her dream to racing 2,740 miles from Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide. She gives us a unique view into her views on the people around her and shows us the internal ticking of her mind that strove her forward to a new life perspective at the end of her journey.”
— Appliquetion

“Jill brings the strong heroine to a higher level in this book. She fights the pain, sadness, weakness of being human and wins. This book is captivating, thrilling, emotional, comedic and inspiring. I could hardly put it down and and am trying to get every adventurer I know to read it so we can dissect and savor each word she has written.”
— Lydia Larson

“Be Brave, Be Strong” is a book both simple and enormously complex, a story both nuanced and quick-reading, and an adventure narrative of both personal and cultural significance. As a sequel to “Ghost Trails” it is both a spellbinding continuation of Jill’s development as a cyclist and as a person, as well as a major step forward in the integrity of her craft. Most of all, it elevates the joy of suffering on a bike to high intrapersonal art. Be warned, if you have any inclination towards long searching bike rides that idea will have been sunk much deeper by the time you finish this book.
— David Chenault

“Life is a wheel, a journey that comes full circle. You fall apart just to put things back together the way you want them. In the end this is what makes you, you. And Jill portrays her personal journey in this book which in turn enriches its readers with new perspectives and the ultimate inspiration.”
— Bill Martin

Signed copies of “Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide” will become available starting June 28. You can purchase your book or books today and receive them by the first week of July.

Purchase your signed copy of “Be Brave, Be Strong” for $15 plus $4.95 shipping at this link.

If you are interested in bulk orders of the book, either as gifts or available for resell at bike shops, book stores and other businesses, you can purchase bundles of five books for $55 including shipping at this link.

Purchase signed copies of Jill Homer’s first book, “Ghost Trails: Journeys Through a Lifetime” and “Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide” together to save on listing price and shipping, for a total savings of $11.90, at this link.


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