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What happens when a loved one dies – and you suddenly find yourself riding on empty?

RIDING ON EMPTY is the chronicle of an inspiring true story of two indomitable spirits: a mother who inspires her precious son to awaken to life and triumph over dyslexia and seemingly insurmountable odds to discover his authentic path and find the strength to heal from watching her tragic struggle with cancer.

Join Craig Stephan on this exhilarating motorcycle tour of the Grand Canyon and beyond, as he and his wife Beth traverse the southwestern U.S. on his 1995 Electra Glide Harley Classic, looping through Sedona in search of inner peace, where he encounters a new perspective on life. Interwoven throughout this enchanting journey, we discover a heart-warming story about a man and his mother during her final days. This is Craig Stephan’s vivid portrayal of a life of courage, inspiration and love leading up to surrender. It is the story of how facing a loved one’s death can fill our hearts with unexpected joy, and so bring us all to cherish each moment of our life – including death.


“Each of us needs to learn to appreciate the important people in our lives while they are still with us. In the book RIDING ON EMPTY, Craig Stephan takes us through his own personal journey and the realization of his dreams, while reflecting on the life and death of his mother. I think after reading this book, we will not only appreciate our mothers, but all those who are precious in our lives.”

—Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D.
The Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and
Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric
Neurosurgery Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurological Surgery, Oncology,
Plastic Surgery, and Pediatrics
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“There is wisdom and courage in these pages. Craig Stephan has overcome his dyslexia to give us a moving portrait of family, love, and loss. I learned from his story, and I admire the example that he provides to others who experience learning problems.”

—Don Block
Executive Director
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council