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Penelope Love July 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Riding On Empty is a blessing that came to me at just the right time. It helped me through the final months of my father-in-law’s life so I could support my husband in his process. This story entertained me and stirred up feelings I was completely unaware I had. It inspired compassion, helped me become more conscious of what the dying process is really all about, and carried me through my loved one’s death with great faith and love. Nearly every page of this book offered a priceless insight. I highly recommend it.


Nina S. Rosen Padolf August 3, 2010 at 2:44 am

Craig Stephan’s Riding on Empty shares his real life experiences in a down to earth manner. His world changes dramatically when he must suddenly face his mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, and then her death not long after that. This loss begins extremely difficult times for him. His story is written with an honest and heartfelt tone. Traveling in and out of his memories, the reader gets to understand the depth of his loss, his personal challenges with it, and what life was like for him as a youth with dyslexia. As he travels on his motorcycle to the Grand Canyon, his spiritual journey and growth becomes more apparent. What a wonderful tribute to his mother’s memory and the love that they shared.

Nina S. Rosen Padolf, Faculty, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online.


Linda Roloson March 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

Just like a meaningful message in church, I love to read a book with a message that I can relate to. Riding On Empty is such a book and Craig Stephan’s experiences through his mother’s love, nurturing and passing, touched on all that I believe. From the need to say “I love you” before it is too late – giving your loved one the freedom to find release from this earth bound life – finding God’s comfort through unexpected occurrences, and his need to find solace through travel, Craig relates his spiritual journey. His mother’s nurturing and inspiring spirit lives on through Craig and she must be smiling down from heaven to know that his words do the same for others.


Kenneth Stephan August 3, 2010 at 3:48 am

SPECTACULAR! You will not be able to put this book down. From the first word to the last, the experiences will captivate you. Courage, empathy, sadness, compassion, and yet entertainment encompass these pages. You will look at life differently. You will live life differently.


Terry Bradbury August 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Many friends in my age range are facing the loss of of a parent; a painful reality. I began to worry at about age seven that my mom would die. I realize now that I was blessed with a strong mama and that this mama wasn’t leaving until she was ready and maybe until she believed her children were ready. And this is one of the ideas discussed so tenderly in this book. August 1 was the first anniversary of my mama’s death. And no, of course, you are never ready. She is as much a part of my life now as ever. That is what she would have wanted.

Please read this if you have a mother AND if you provide support services to children with disabilities. See how the bond between that child and his mother
(or primary caregiver) grows over time and how overwheling life may become if this caregiver becomes ill or dies. And what if this caregiver changes often.

A beautiful lesson which reminds us what we are made of and that we must use the gifts of love that helped us grow and develop as we interact with others.


Steve Murphy August 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Craig’s ability to tell his story about life, his mother and family will help you understanding how important these and other relationships are. We all know we are all given one life to live and we need to make the most of it. After reading this book I came away with a better understanding of how I will get the most out of everything I do! Read the book, you will grow!


Kelly Siktar September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

This book defines unconditional love. Love between a mother and son and where that love can carry you and affect you forever. As Craig’s story unfolds with his mother’s diagnosis and how he tries to deal with all that he can’t control. In this life we are weaving a tapestry that God orchestrates. Most of the time we see the tapestry from the back, with all of its bits and pieces, but one day when we see it from the finished side, it all makes sense. God has been in control and he works everything for good. Take this journey with Craig and see how he discovers his inner strength and a rejuvenated relationship with God. Craig never gives up and you will be inspired to live a life that values each and every moment.


Alexander December 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

Every once in a while a great, spiritual, motivating book comes around that everyone can connect with. Riding on Empty was that book for me. Craig’s real-life examples and personal tone of voice invited me to stop just reading the book and become a part of it. Although the images painted in my mind were of my own, the connection I made with Craig’s emotions were very real. I am in the same position Craig was in before his mother moved on. I still haven’t lost anyone close to me. *very much gratitude sent to God and my Angels* After reading this book I feel more equipped to handle such a situation. Thank you for this blessing Craig. I can confidently say that you have done a very wonderful things for many, many people. Continue to shine!


taffy robinson December 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I only know Craig by talking to him on the phone, I know if a man loves his mother so much he is wonderful heart and soul. I cannot wait to meet him.


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