Do You Have an Angel on Your Shoulder and the Devil on Your Back?Do you feel that you have an angel on your shoulder and the devil on your back? As Ken Mansfield struggles between a deep belief in God and a plague of doubts about his faith. Having spent over forty years of senseless meandering, he embarks on one last journey in his quest to find answers, inviting you to travel along with him and his wife, Connie.If you grew up listening to music in the 60s through the 90s, you have no doubt heard and enjoyed some of this Grammy-winning producers music. Through his cross country journey Ken jostles us back and forth between his present soul-searching journey and his reminisces of four decades in the music industry. Through stories of success and innovation, pain and sorrow, Ken transparently reflects the shallow importance of worldly things in those heady days and honestly explains that the dilemmas Ive experienced since were always about not letting go of those same old terrestrial considerations.This book is for all who desire to discover and recover Gods purpose for their lives. This journey will reveal the vapidness of seeking after only worldly honor and fame. It calls the reader to trust God and seek Him daily.
We all go through those moments when God draws us into a time of deepen our faith and our relationship with Him. Between Wyomings: My God and an iPod by Ken Mansfield contains the personal story of the author as he travels across the country in his van in a search for that deeper, intimate faith. His book contains many flashbacks to his days in the record industry working with icons such as Dolly Patron and the Beatles. Mansfield spent his career as a famous music producer for some of the biggest names in the industry.The title of this book caught my attention and I was excited to get reading it. Unfortunately I had a hard time getting into it. I found myself enjoying the recounting of his interactions with those in the music industry, but those moments were too spread out to hold my attention. I wasnt really sure what to take out of the portions that seemed more of a soul searching private journal than a book to be read by others. Overall, if you enjoy reading journals or personal memoirs this book may be just for you. Ken definitely had some memorable moments during his music career. If you are looking for a fast paced page turner then this book is not for you.I have reviewed this book for Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger Program.
What better way to tell the story of your life than on a road trip? That is what Ken does with such beautiful language - weaving personal stories into the physical landscape that is our beautiful nation. As he and his wife Connie leave their home in Bodega Bay in a they call "MOSES", they take a physical as well as mental journey to some of the most memorable places in their lives and recount for us the struggles, victories, and just plain interesting stories of their lives. A great read for artists of all kinds!
In Between Wyomings, Ken Mansfield gives us a partial account of his life history. We are told accounts of his experiences with the Beatles, his adventures with Waylon Jennings, and his attempts to keep his head above water in the extreme opulence and excess of the music business.After reading this book, its easy to image that Ken Mansfield could be called the modern-day embodiment of the biblical Book of Ecclesiasties. At first glance, it looks like Mr. Mansfield had it all. Money, success, fame, and more. Even at the peak of his meteoric ascension, though, the reader can see that Ken was always grasping for more.Eventually, Kens life fell apart. He dabbled in obscure religion and used drugs heavily, trying everything he could think of to fill the void in his heart. As the author of Ecclesiaties concluded, there is nothing new under the sun. Fortunately, this is where Gods grace came into play, and now all of his earlier accomplishments pale in comparison to his Eternal Savior.In many ways, it seems like Ken might to relate to a whole range of unbelievers. For much of his life he chased worldly goals and ambitions. He had reached the pinnacle of achievement according to our society, but he now believes that all of those pursuits were wasteful.At the same time, Mr. Mansfield may have undermined his own efforts to tell his testimony in a compelling way. As I read this book, I often found myself more interested in his wild and crazy stories than his deep, wandering, introspective ponderings about God. An unbeliever could easily write off Kens transformation by claiming that his simply went soft in his old age. Lets hope thats not the case, but I could see it as a potential problem.Overall, I would characterize Ken Mansfields writing style as extremely accessible. He was able to take me through a full range of emotions as I read this book, and I appreciated the way that he weaved his stories into the backdrop of a roadtrip with his wife.
This wonderful non-fiction book, winds it's way through the tremendously interesting life of the author. As you read "Between Wyomings" you will ride along with Ken and his wife Connie on an amazing journey of his past, before he knew Christ, and the present day, as a born-again Christian. Ken does a wonderful job recounting his life in the music industry for some 30 years.As I read this captivating book, I enjoyed every minute reading about the lessons Ken has learned over the years, why the Lord allowed everything in his life to happen and what he's chosen to do with his life now. In paragraph after paragraph, I saw myself and often felt like he was reading my own mind. I too had experienced many of the same feelings from the time before I knew Christ.I was deeply touched at the words of this humble man. His faith and what the Lord has brought him through, was such an encouragement to me.I most definitely would recommend this book to anyone, especially those who were hitting their teenage years in the 60's. You'll understand why when you read the book.I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger Program at http://brb.thomasnelson.com