Book Review: Between Wyomings by Ken Mansfield
Subtitled “My God an an iPod,” Ken Mansfield’s book “Between Wyomings” is a wandering discovery through musical fields of genius and heartbreak. I picked up Between Wyomings several times at the bookstore before choosing to read it. I’m glad I did. You see, some authors like to share their blazing insights from God in a way that make you feel deaf, unable to hear for yourself. Not Ken. Ken hears from God, alright…and then he shares what he hears in such a poetic way that you believe God’s still speaking to you.
So what is Between Wyomings about? On one level it is an autobiography of a man who helped produce and brand some of the most famous musical names on the planet. Like the Beatles. Yes, that famous. It is also the story of a man who gets broken by life, and finds that contained in a broken life are the seeds for new life and faith. He becomes a Christian, and must determine what that means in his world. There is enough conflict in that statement right there to fuel the narrative of this book. Further, Ken decides to leave his home and travel on a pilgrimage to the important places of his past. Along the way his iPod provides the soundtrack and stimulates the memories. Along the journey, God heals and reveals.
You will like this book if you are in a poetic, non-linear mood. It took me a long time to read it, because Ken’s thoughts needed to be digest, held on to for awhile. By the end of Between Wyomings, you have truly lived with this man. It’s an autobiography laced through and through with radical transparency.
In the end I was reminded that God has a unique purpose for each of us, an intricate dance within our own lives. You and I will never live the same path that Ken Mansfield did, but his journey is somehow our journey as well.
This was written as a review for the Thomas Nelson Blogger’s Review.