Advent Calendar for Readers

Advent Calendar for Readers – December 15th

Book Snippets Blog is happy to promote books from new authors, and this month it comes with its ever so popular Advent Calendar, a place where you can read a new entry every day, and meet new authors in your favourite genre:


In this soul-stirring account of his humanitarian expedition, Christoph von Toggenburg takes us on his journey cycling solo from India to Switzerland, raising funds and awareness for people affected by leprosy.

The year was 2002, and nothing could have prepared twenty-five-year-old Christoph for the obstacles he’d encounter during his new endeavour. The world was still in shock from the devastation and suffering caused by 9/11, leading to war in Afghanistan and an evolving crisis between India and Pakistan.
We follow along his two-month journey throughout Asia, where he had the chance of connecting with people affected by leprosy.
Determined to open the eyes of the world to the challenges of this terrible disease, Christoph embarked then on a transcontinental quest. Despite the unfolding crises, he cycled across the Indian-Pakistani border, was directly affected by the war in Afghanistan, and ventured into areas never-before-seen by Europeans.

Five months and nearly 10’000 kilometres later, Christoph had crossed seven countries, survived 4000km of deserts, faced powerful storms, and fierce winds, negotiated with rebels, fought off robbers, and wild animals, and narrowly escaped death. Traversing some of the world’s most beautiful yet treacherous landscapes, Christoph’s adventure grips our hearts with a mix of emotions and shows us how one person can transform the lives of thousands.

An inspiring journey from start to finish, Bike for Help unearths the humanitarian power within us, summoning our voices to speak for those in need.