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Between Wyomings: My God and an iPod on the Open Road Paperback – June 9, 2009
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As you travel with Ken you see how God has changed him and his outlook on life. Overall, I would say this is a good book especially if you are a fan of music of the 60's throughout the 90's some big names and some not so big. It could have been better I think 10,000 miles was a little too long of a trip. Yet overall it is an interesting journey with a man, his God, and an iPod full of music.
Many happy memories and lots of confirmations that I did the right thing by turning away. God bless the author and his crew! Can't wait to read the other book he has out, and hope he writes many, many more. What great turns of phrases he uses here.
He captures the time with such vividness and you can imagine the images and things that took place. In his business of music he traveled around the country and even England in regards to the Beatles. He was involved in and changed many lives, he also eventually spiraled out of control and hit rock bottom. It is at this time in his life that he meets Connie and begins to climb out of his hole and begins to worship His Saviour, Jesus, instead of all the fame and fortune.
His message is genuine and as a child of the 60's myself, I enjoyed the telling of his story. As a Christian I enjoyed his journey and testimony, he is a beautiful Witness to our Lord.
In a deeper sense the title states the clear purpose of the book to make sense of the two Wyomings,the wilderness land of heady sex, drugs and rock&roll and the time of struggle in the wilderness of his faith. Does this sound interesting? If you have any doubts, here are some highlights: Jamming with Gene Clark of The Byrds in Northern California, working directly with The Beatles, finding himself at the roots of the Outlaw movement of the 70's most notably with Waylon Jennings...who once kidnapped him to have him to produce a song, the classic "We Had It All", Thanksgiving turkey with Ringo Starr and being a personal witness to the Beatles final live concert on a roof-top in London. But, more significantly, he describes his internal moral and spiritual conflict with clarity and purpose bringing his conclusion home with insight and universality.
Weaved into his story is the tension between his old life and his new. While these are based in his own personal witness and the Christian faith, the lessons he learns along the way are inclusive of those of other faiths and persuasions.Read more ›
The book is both a journey Mansfield is taking with his wife - each with their iPods - and a journey backward he is taking in his mind. At least in the trip with his wife, we get travel directions and points of interest. For the journey in his mind (his years in the music industry), the reader has no map or directional compass. Somewhat chronological from his beginning in the music industry, Mansfield is prone to jump to any moment of the entire journey.
Thrown in the mix are "God moments." Theological vignettes, as it were, that seemingly come out of the blue. While I would be the first to agree that God moments tend to come out of nowhere, in the context of a book there needs to be some type of cause and effect. These vignettes appear as if he inserted them during the editing stage - thinking it had been a while since he had added a God moment.
It took me longer to read Between Wyomings than usual when reviewing a book, partly because of the happenings of life with three teenagers, but mostly because the book lacks continuity. A connection from one short chapter to another. It just seems to be a collection of stories and essays. He writes, as he says in the introduction, like a "Christian on acid." But the stories are interesting and fairly readable within themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect book for those of us who are products of the 60's and/or 70's, the good and the bad. I totally enjoyed it and love the way Ken Mansfield writes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sarah Stone
Ken Mansfield's career included working with the Beatles and other talented artist. His stories of working with various famous artist are insightful and entertaining. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sand Dollar
I thought this would be interesting, but it dragged on. There was way to much filler between the good stuff. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Michael
This book is absolutely awesome! The author is really knowledgeable about the topic and provided many interesting tips. Love it!Published on December 15, 2012 by Wyoming ranch
Even though Between Wyomings bills itself as Christian literature, it's very much enjoyable for those who are not deeply religious as well. Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by Anthony Pantliano
Growing up in the 60's and loving the music of that era I thought this book would be a natural for me. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by coach W
I really wanted to like this book,but from the very beginning I just could not get hooked.
I knew the only way I would get to the end of it would be out of obligation. Read more
Follow Ken Mansfield's journey as he takes you through his life as a Grammy-winning producer turned Jesus fan. Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by Sundi Jo Graham
I loved the premise for this book. However the very thing I liked about it seemed to wear out it's welcome after some time. I would've liked if the book focused more on one thing. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Bill Wikstrom