To Shake the Sleeping Self - Jedidiah Jenkins

To Shake the Sleeping Self

By Jedidiah Jenkins

  • Release Date: 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 127 Ratings)


New York Times bestseller | “Thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing . . . Every chapter shimmered with truth.”  Cheryl Strayed

From travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins comes a long-awaited memoir of adventure, struggle, and lessons learned while bicycling the 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia.

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 the next sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and profound reflections on life soon attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and got him featured by National Geographic and The Paris Review.

In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jed narrates the adventure that started it all: the people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world, and the internal journey that prompted it. As he traverses cities, mountains, and inner boundaries, Jenkins grapples with the questions 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.


  • Disappointed. It felt like a Judy Bloom book for young boys.

    By Vagabonding Pictures
    I felt like this book was an exercise in missed opportunities. I wanted to meet the local people, hear the foreign dialects, and taste the delicious chicken soup with the chicken feet hanging out. I felt this was a first trip abroad with a very entitled monolingual boy who was struggling with his faith and sexuality. His lack of discipline in learning the language cut him off from so much adventure,knowledge, excitement and love. So many unanswered questions. Did he feel secret attraction to Crosby? Was he tempted ? Had they had a drunken romp in the tent? Was that the real source of tension? Did his travel partner resent being depicted as a grifter and shallow drug addict? Is Jedidiah really that cheap and obsessed with money? I wanted to hear details about the quaint towns and the generous hosts. I felt like the book was the constant whining of a comfort deprived narcissistic rich kid. I wanted to witness the grandeur and beauty of The Motorcycle Diaries. None of that. This book was disappointing at best.
  • To Shake The Sleeping Self

    By kidzbopkidd!
    Really enjoyed this book. Well written, inspiring, and makes you reflect and think about what is really important in life. Highly recommend.
  • This book is truly a gift

    By Cait H..
    Jed has a way with words and is able to provide a perspective that makes you feel like you are really on the journey with him. He understands what a gift traveling, meeting people, and seeing the good in the world really is. He forces you to think deeper, want to do better, and explore what the world has to offer.