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God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road
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Release Date: April 2019
Page Count: 208
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-7550-6
Case Lot Quantity: 52

God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road

A Biker’s Devotional

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Riding for God's Glory

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Romans 14:23

If you're a biker and a Christian, have you considered that riding, can be an activity that brings glory to God, draws you closer to His creation and provides an opportunity to share your faith with fellow riders?

Motorcycle and Jesus enthusiast Tim Riter has some amazing stories and spiritual truths he's collected from riding over 200,000 miles, covering 46 states, and three countries. Discover what happens when

  • a long-haired hippie biker strolls into a redneck bar
  • a new back tire causes a dangerous spill
  • a chance encounter with an angry driver turns into a 20-mile chase

These and other engaging devotions will show you how your faith blends into your riding and help you experience that same sense of adventure you get from motorcycling in your walk with God, or in this case, your "ride with God."

Meet the author

Tim  Riter

Tim Riter

Avid outdoorsman and biker Tim Riter has been a pastor for more than 20 years and has taught at the high-school and university levels. He has a passion for seeking God, questioning and exploring the mysteries of faith, and living spiritually in a physical world.

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6 REVIEWS Leave a Comment »

04/03/19 Robert A.


I loved this book and I don’t even like motorcycles! I don’t like bikes. Never interested me, even though my dad had a few. Too noisy, not enough protection, and seemed a little dull. I picked this up for a friend and reluctantly started reading. I went through a quarter of the book before I realized I was enjoying the stories. It’s well written, the stories are fun, and the scripture he shares is spot on. Tim brings us along with his stories and adventures of the open road and I hope there’s more from him in the future!

04/02/19 Josie S.


If you love good storytelling, Tim Riter’s book is for you. A little rough around the edges, reading God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road feels like you’re swapping stories with a good friend around a campfire. Riter’s stories will spark your own sense of wanderlust and make you think of God in new ways.

03/27/19 Jeff P.


One of the most thought provoking books I’ve read. Even if you have never sat on a motorcycle, you’ll be impacted by this book. Once you pick it up it’s difficult to put down. It’s that good.

03/27/19 David H.

Wow! It’s amazing how much I related, shared, and bonded with Tim Rider’s new book God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road. Although I don’t have near the motorcycle mileage on my rear that Tim has, I purchased my first bike in 1969, a Hodaka 90cc dirt bike. I took a long hiatus from riding 1971-2000, until I bought my new BMW 1150 GS, in 2006 an HD V-Rod Screaming Eagle, in late 2013 a 2014 HD Ultra Limited, and last year a 2018 HD Heritage Classic (114 Engine).

Riding on two wheels in open air through God’s creation is euphoric, exhilarating, cathartic, and most of all humbling. And Tim says it all in his book. His perspectives are non-generational, appeal to young and old, from newbie to lifer, and even to non-riders. All can grasp his relationship with God from his view of the freedom of the Open Road on his bike. Thank you Tim! Ride on and God bless you!

03/26/19 Dennis P.


Tim’s 50-chapter book would make an excellent 50-week personal Christian devotional or 50-week Christian small group discussion vehicle (pun intended). Each chapter ends with pertinent questions for the reader(s) to ponder and answer. No motorcycle experience is necessary, but a motorcycle interest would be helpful for the reader. Each chapter in this fascinating book relates a different motorcycle experience (by Tim) and how each applies to our physical and spiritual lives. Here are a few of my favorite topics: Hard times, Peer pressure, Engage with the world, Dreams, Material possessions, New roads acomin’, Unfulfilled expectations, Addictions & Journey/Destination. Each chapter contains several pertinent Bible passages. The “Notes” section at the end refers to many fine authors, such as C. S. Lewis and Oswald Chambers. Should appeal to all ages 14 & up!

03/21/19 David H.


I’m at chapter 10 so far. This really is getting me thinking. It’s fun and easy to read. This is something I will read again to get me thinking about what God has planned for me and what I need to do.

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“If you fancy yourself a rider, Tim Riter has written a fun and thoughtful book that dovetails life lessons he’s learned from the open road with life lessons he’s learned from an open Bible. I encourage you to ride through it to see what you can learn.”
Larry Osborne, pastor and author, North Coast Church, Vista, California

“Tim has uniquely combined God's Word with motorcycling in such a fashion that one can understand just what it means to be more like the Father. Hit this book each day before your ride and watch what God does in your life.”
Frank Pomeroy, pastor, First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs (riding an Ultra-Glide and on two wheels almost 40 years)

“Even nonbikers like myself are in for a treat as we hit the open road with Tim, his bike, and God. A great read!”
Nick Harrison, author of One-Minute Prayers® for Husbands and One-Minute Prayers® for Dads

“Tim’s reflections brought back memories of riding down the back roads of Illinois as I pastored a rural church early in my career, and I could almost feel the wind in my face. The insights he shares from countless experiences during his travels will make you more sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit as you encounter challenges and opportunities to serve others.”
John Derry, PhD, president, Hope International University, Fullerton

“A WINNER! Tim can write, and he has an eye for beauty and color and people and landscapes. He also has a soul bent on freedom in Christ, and the ride and the road are really metaphors for the kind of freedom he believes God wants everyone to enjoy. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Even a few chapters will inspire and invigorate your heart as they did mine. And Tim is not just talking to the church here. This book is for anyone aching for a real God and a real life.”
Murray Pura, author of Majestic and Wild, A Road Called Love, and The Wings of Morning

“Tim Riter does a good job encouraging bikers to put wheels to their faith. Or vice versa.”
Andy Cripe, member, Christian Motorcyclists Association

God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road is filled with provocative, compelling, and heartfelt insights gleaned on the back of a bike. Whether it’s a Harley or a Honda, saddle up for the trip with Tim Riter as your ride leader on the open road.”
Steve Redden, pastor, Crosspoint Church, Temecula

“This book has so much to offer even a non-biker like myself. Riter takes the smallest things—like donuts and coffee—and shows readers the hand of God. A must read!”
Paula K. Parker, playwright and author of the Amazon bestselling Sisters of Lazarus series (1965 Schwinn with banana seat and butterfly handlebar)

“Who knew so many analogies to our walk with God could come from riding motorcycles with great friends? Thanks, Tim, for taking the time to think them through and share them with us. I’m so glad I got to be a part of the experience.”
Jerry Christensen, pastor (Honda Gold Wing and more, rider for 50 years)

“Whether you’re a seasoned biker or a curious wannabe, you’ll be thrilled with the many adventures Tim Riter shares in this book. Tim has a down-to-earth writing style that flows smoothly from his motorcycle experiences to the spiritual lessons he has learned. Thank you, Tim, for not only inviting the reader to share in your adventures, but for also inviting us to join you as you reflect on the presence of God in your life!”
Dan DeWitt, pastor for 33 years and biker for 46 years

“Tim inspires me to be a better person. To be a better rider. To be more faithful to Christ. I trust this book will inspire you.”
Greg England, 65 years old and 18 months a biker (Suzuki Boulevard)

“If you ride a Harley, a dirt bike, or even a bicycle like I do, you’ll enjoy Tim Riter’s insights and adventures.”
Jeff P.

“I just finished reading God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road and enjoyed it immensely! Tim has a refreshing and engaging writing style that kept me turning the pages. Without being “preachy,” he challenged me to think about, and sometimes rethink, habits and values and priorities. My 1998 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1500 has sat in the garage all winter long. It’s about time to dust it off and hit the road!”
Richard Brown, pastor, educator, rider

“A good rider needs balance, awareness of his surroundings, and anticipation of what is going to happen in front of him next. Tim Riter brings all three of these strengths to these devotions.”
John Southwood, bicyclist, 50 miles a day

God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road invites us to feel the exhilaration of riding through God’s creation with the wind in our hair and bugs in our teeth. But he also offers a new perspective—to view life in terms of the journey God is unfolding, connecting us to the beauty of both the Creator and His creation. The book focuses on life as an act of worship, and each bend in the road reveals yet another surprise of grace to explore. Come on! Get your motor runnin’, climb on, and hold tight as you experience the great adventure God has in store for you!”
Les Enloe, author and screenwriter

“Riter has been there and rode that, but he doesn’t brag about it. Authentic, gut-level stuff.”
Mike Raether, outdoorsman, author of Flyfisher’s Guide to Northwest Montana’s Mountain Lakes

“Tim Riter is one of those rare souls whose lifeline is forever taut, and that when plucked sounds a smooth resonance and offers itself to an even greater melody. His latest contribution, God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road, layers new harmonies where we seldom expect them: barreling on two wheels down highways in the middle of nowhere. But Riter, the motorcycle mystic, reminds us that we are never nowhere, and that each somewhere we visit presents a new opportunity for reflection, refinement, and gratitude.”
Zak Erving, maker, seeker, starter, teacher

“If you love good storytelling, Tim Riter’s book is for you. A little rough around the edges, reading God, a Motorcycle, and the Open Road feels as though you’re swapping stories with a good friend around a campfire. Riter’s stories will spark your own sense of wanderlust and make you think of God in new ways.”
Josie Siler (Harley-Davidson Nightster—I bought my first bike, 150cc, with my brother at age eight, got my first “big girl” bike in college, and have been a biker chick ever since)

“Tim Riter is a man after God’s own heart…on a motorcycle instead of a pulpit now. This book compares our Christian walk from the perspective of a man who is well acquainted with both. Each devotion ends with an application to take the reader deeper into their walk with the Lord. There is good Scripture application for nailing down biblical concepts that deal with real-life issues. This devotion will appeal to believers and not-yet-believers as they search out God. Be sure to take this along on your next ride out in God’s beautiful creation.”
Sue Thornburg Fellows, born wild, drove a snowmobile once, and has ridden a lot on the back of bikes

“You don’t need to be a biker to benefit from this engaging book. With wit and wisdom, Tim Riter tells compelling stories, draws spiritual analogies, and asks thoughtful questions. So, hit the road with this read, enjoy the two-wheeled adventure, and be prepared to give copies to your friends—riders or not!”
Judy Gordon Morrow, author of The Listening Heart: Hearing God in Prayer

“What a great book this is. It totally related to that inner calling we riders have as we hit the road and ride through life. We riders have that urge to live life to the fullest and a bit on the edge. Tim’s book gives some clarity to understanding how God has made us who we are.”
Bert Esposito, lifelong rider (1996 Softail Custom Chopper)

“The author's love of both motorcycles and God are brought together in short lessons and thought-provoking vignettes that are well written and resonate with authenticity. Any rider will find a kindred spirit here who understands the joys and challenges of the road, and who can blend that experience with a cogent Bible lesson.”
Howie Tjiong, ME, Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach

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