Saturday, June 20, 2009

Book Review: Between Wyomings

Fans of music from the 60’s and 70’s may really enjoy the stories shared in Between Wyomings by former record producer Ken Mansfield. On a three-month road trip in a van named Moses with Mansfield’s wife, Connie, and two fully-loaded iPods, Mansfield reminisces about some of the significant events of his life. His memories are triggered by places he visits and songs the iPods play.

Though I had a hard time relating to his music, memories, or fast-paced lifestyle as a Grammy-winning music producer, Mansfield did include a few profound thoughts on God that I truly appreciated. I was most touched by his conversion story. I love hearing how God works in people’s lives, how He creatively works to draw all people into His Kingdom, and then how He works through those people to impact others as well. Mansfield’s story is a testimony to God’s loving determination to lead those He created, loved, and died for safely home.

Mansfield’s memories star such people and groups as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Bill Gaither, Don Ho, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Mansfield also lists God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit among the stars. His memories come from all over the US (just like his road trip) and also “across the pond.”