Rich’s Ride

Rich and Becky Dixon are friends, They are the kind of friends that you first meet in the comment box and eventually end up in your living room. Along the way, they move  into your heart.dixon swanson

If you ever look at the comments here, you have seen Rich a couple times a week, taking my thoughts, summarizing them in a couple words, then adding a phrase or two that take you and me much further down the road with Jesus.

During the fall of 2011, Rich rode his handcycle the length of the Mississippi River. Along the way, he and Becky and their dog Monte raised $60,000 for Convoy of Hope.

Today, Rich receives the first shipment of the book he wrote about that trip, and we get a glimpse of what he was thinking about during those 1500 miles of riding. He talks about the time he pushed too far in southern Illinois. He wrestles with the difference between planning and preparing. He reveals his struggles to understand why people act as they do, and confesses his own unwarranted assumptions. He talks directly about his struggle when he hears what “people like you” can teach “people like us.”

His writing reflects the clear prose from someone trained by teaching math to middle schoolers, patient, precise, structured. The ideas reflect the transparency of someone regularly opening his motives and direction to God and to trusted counsel.

Rich and Becky’s story perfectly captures the wandering journey of people who follow Jesus. We set out on a journey of obedience. We think we know where it’s going. We’re constantly surprised by the ways God works through us, the way people work on and for us, and the strength we find in us.

Rich is one of the people regularly working me.

Rich’s Ride: Hope changes what’s possible is available at

By way of disclosures, my picture is in the middle of the book, I received a digital copy for reviewing, we’re buying several copies for Christmas gifts, and I think the people who find this blog beneficial will find Rich’s book even more beneficial.

4 thoughts on “Rich’s Ride

  1. Rich Dixon

    That picture of Monte, Becky, and me in your living room is a snapshot of this whole experience. A few words in cyberspace turns into a meaningful, rewarding friendship, and lives get changed. That’s Jesus at work. While we focus on theology and programs, He quietly works through ordinary people and events and silly things like a handcycle to change lives.

    Occasionally we see it, this new thing God’s doing, (Is 43:18-19) and we’re amazing. But it’s always happening, and mostly we miss it. And Jesus is okay with that. He understands.

    And once again you helped me write a blog post! Thanks…to you and Nancy…for everything.


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