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After three tours totaling over 10,000 miles, Tim and Debbie Bishop have discovered wisdom and truth from the seat of a bicycle. In Wheels of Wisdom, the authors share the life lessons they learned on the open road.
When you're looking for enlightenment, you can find it almost anywhere, be it from watching two herons saunter across a Florida road, pedaling to a dead-end in a Kentucky tobacco field, or observing eagles flying overhead in Montana. In each lesson of this book, you'll find practical insights, inspiration, and encouragement--along with personal reflection questions that will help you:
- Adopt the right mind-set
- Conquer fear, worry, and inaction
- Overcome obstacles
- Relish life's journey
Certain principles are universal whether you are bicycling across America or chasing your own lifelong dream.
You may be continuing your education, connecting with new people, looking to change jobs, or simply wondering about your future. Wherever you are in life, Wheels of Wisdom will give you a fresh perspective and new motivation for your own adventure. Not only will you encounter meaningful truth as you travel vicariously to new places and meet new people, you'll also experience some genuine "God moments" and have some fun on the way.
So, pack up your dreams and passions and come along for the ride. It's time to learn on the open road!
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About the Author
Tim and Debbie Bishop have coauthored several books about their midlife launch into marriage, cross-country bicycle touring, and other matters of faith and inspiration. The Middle Tennessee couple have served as volunteer Hope Coaches for TheHopeLine, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reach, rescue, and restore hurting teens and young adults.
At age 52, Tim Bishop left a successful career as a corporate treasurer, married his dream girl, and embarked with her to parts unknownon bicycles! Tim is a three-time Maine chess champion, a CPA, a consultant for small businesses, and author of Hedging Commodity Price Risk. A native of Houlton, Maine, Tim is out to prove that the writing contest he won as a freshman at the University of Maine was not a fluke.
Debbie Bishop is an overcomer with boundless energy and an adventuresome spirit. Transparent, relatable, and fun best describe her writing. She holds a Masters degree in literacy from Lesley University and has taught for over thirty years. Out of gratitude for what God has done in her life, Debbie studies the Bible enthusiastically. Her recovery from past problems and her relentless pursuit to improve fuel a desire to help others. Debbie also has New England roots.
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What Were You Made For?
All of us were created with unique qualities, and we were not cut out for just anything. If you were made for the goals you pursue, the satisfaction and energy you gain from your daily activities will confirm your calling.
Somewhere in the Midwest on TheHopeLine Tour — it might have been Iowa or Nebraska — Tim stated something that has stuck with me ever since. After I had exclaimed how much I loved the tour we were on, Tim looked at me and said, "We were made for this."
I'll never forget that. Tim is like E. F. Hutton. When he talks, people listen — probably because he thinks before he opens his mouth. I love that about him. Truly wise is a person who thinks before he speaks and says something that sticks with you.
A few weeks later, Tim's statement came to life. I was made for days like day seventy-six of TheHopeLine Tour. The cool weather, intermittent sun, rolling hills, and beautiful scenery invigorated me. Mile after mile, I felt my burning muscles and the fresh air in my lungs. I was made for that. Not only did we relish a good dose of bicycling, we climbed up and down eight flights of stairs to the top of a fire tower to catch a breathtaking view of the vast Missouri landscape. It was a picture-perfect day. After a rest day and much sleep the night before to recover from a grueling stretch in the Ozarks, I had sprung back to my energetic self once again.
I'm amazed at how difficult that bike tour was and how long we'd been gone. Since we'd departed from the Oregon coast well over two months earlier, I'd had a cortisone shot in my knee, burned my foot with boiling water while camping, and been diagnosed with an overuse injury known as "chronic compartment syndrome," which kept me off the bike for two weeks. There we were on day seventy-six, approaching Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the Mississippi River in mid-September, with many miles left to ride.
Nevertheless, I was made for physical exertion and adventures like that. My knee, foot, and leg had all healed. And so we carried on. Some people might think I should have had my head examined to determine what kept me going after all those issues on the road. Once again, though, I was made for that. Just because we had a few setbacks along the way didn't mean we should have stopped and given up.
If you are doing something you were made to do, you naturally want to venture forward in that made-for-you task you love. Even when hardships come, you persevere, because that is part of the process.
Not all of us are wired to bicycle seventy miles a day. For that matter, not all of us are designed to work outdoors in the winter, to practice law or medicine, to spend a lot of time in front of a camera, or to work with children. Have you ever asked yourself, What was I made to do? The answer to that question could change your life. We all have unique gifts and desires. Once you discover your special attributes and devote your time to utilizing them, you'll experience deep joy and fulfillment as you live out a facet of God's calling on your life.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
1. What are your strongest personal attributes? What subjects interest you most?
2. How are you applying your strengths and interests on a daily basis?
3. When you think about what you need to accomplish today, do you feel energized or exhausted? Activities you were made to do should energize you no matter how difficult they seem.CHAPTER 2
Perfect Circumstances Never Arrive
You cannot wait for optimal circumstances before moving forward. Nor can you allow discouraging circumstances to deter you. Your opportunity may have a short lifespan.
I love lessons that come to us when we least expect them. Sometimes, you experience these moments merely by observing another person.
On our honeymoon on wheels tour, we enjoyed two nights at a beautiful cabin on the shore of Petenwell Lake in Wisconsin with our host and friend Mike Porter and his family. Then, Mike drove Debbie and me several hours through violent thunderstorms to return us to our route. He dropped us into Cascade, Iowa, under sunny skies. Life was good! After breaking bread with Mike at a local Subway, we resumed our southerly journey to avoid Lake Michigan and the metropolitan Chicago area.
Less than two hours into our ride, we noticed a solo cyclist approaching on a recumbent bicycle with a trailer in tow. Given our late start and our goal of making it to the Mississippi River crossing at Muscatine, Iowa, before nightfall, we didn't want to stop for a break already. However, our polite waves would not prevent the upcoming conversation.
"Hi! Where are you headed to?" our fellow traveler shouted as he slowed his bicycle and crossed over to our side of the road, as if to pin us next to the shoulder. His maneuver made it difficult for us to cycle past him. We were anxious to continue our ride, but we weren't inclined to be downright rude. This fellow obviously wanted to talk.
"We're headed toward the East Coast," Debbie said. "We started in Oregon on July third."
"I'm headed to the Pacific Ocean," he replied. "I've had eight flats, and I've had to replace my rear rim twice. However, I'm not about to stop."
Soon, we discovered his name was Jim. He sold cars for a living in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where Debbie's father used to live. We had been there the prior summer to help her dad move to Denver.
"I've always wanted to do this but couldn't swing the schedule — until this year," Jim said. "My wife isn't much into bicycling, so I decided to go it alone."
Deep within, I felt the contrast taking shape. I might have been in Jim's shoes had I not met Debbie, although I'm doubtful I would have undertaken such a daunting challenge as cycling across America alone. After thirty-odd years as a single adult, I'd had enough loneliness. Maybe this guy just wanted a break from his wife — or vice versa. However, I couldn't help but replay the following life truth over and over in my head: It is not good for man to be alone. I also thought about how fortunate Debbie and I had been. We'd only had one flat tire and one issue with a screw coming loose from the rear rack on Debbie's bicycle. Ours had been a pleasure ride compared to Jim's journey. Yet he had an undeniable determination.
As Jim continued to bend our ears, we sensed he needed to engage with someone, and we were the logical choice on that road with little traffic, few homes, and no pedestrians. He was lonely, and why wouldn't he be after countless hours of solitary cycling and camping? Eventually, Jim had his fill of conversation and realized that we all needed to move on to maximize the daylight.
After parting ways with Jim, Debbie and I talked about how blessed we felt to have one another — and to have experienced so few mechanical issues on our journey. We marveled at Jim's determination and wondered whether either of us had the gumption to accomplish solo what it appeared Jim would do, although he had much climbing ahead of him. While we understood the type of experience he would have in the northern plains and the Pacific Northwest, we felt sorry for him that he wouldn't be enjoying it with someone special by his side. It was hard for us to imagine an adventure like ours without each other. We both concluded we wouldn't have considered cycling across the country alone.
As we continued cycling through the beautiful bounty of Iowa's cornfields, however, we began to see another side to Jim's situation. Debbie and I had lived very full single lives before meeting one another and marrying. Feeling sorry for ourselves and avoiding great experiences because we were single would have made no sense. To the contrary, we'd had ample time and resources as singles. We also did not shoulder the significant responsibilities associated with raising children, which might have prevented us from pursuing many enjoyable activities that helped develop us as individuals. We had matured the single way while our married-with-children peers were learning and growing through the rigors and sacrifices needed to raise families.
Although the grass may always seem greener on the other side, it isn't. The grass is simply a different type. The magnificent abundance that surrounded us on the rolling hills of Iowa, as well as the unforgettable images of cycling through the Pacific Northwest, reminded us that Jim's journey would dazzle him despite his solitude.
Any of life's circumstances comes with its own benefits. If you recognize your advantages rather than dwelling on the negatives, you'll be in a better position to recognize — and seize — your opportunities. Allowing a pessimistic perception of your circumstances to dictate your pursuits, however, will quash them. If God has placed a dream deep within your heart, eventually you'll have an opportunity to chase it. Look for opportunities in every situation. Ideal circumstances will never come, so don't wait for them.
He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
1. What are you putting off because you don't think the time is right?
2. Can you think of someone who seems to have it better than you? Think of an advantage you have that they don't.
3. What steps can you take now to move closer to what you'd like to accomplish?CHAPTER 3
Blow the Whistle
Packing a positive attitude for your pursuit will always make it more pleasurable and satisfying. Establishing some accountability will help you stay on track.
When you are touring by bicycle, you never know what to expect when setting out each morning. All you know is that you will encounter something new and interesting, and perhaps learn something in the process. On one particular day during TheHopeLine Tour, we would encounter another new state and learn a trick to becoming a better person.
Despite a cool and overcast start, we had wonderful weather for the remainder of the day. An early-morning race with a pair of deer proved too much for us, yet we persevered for our third consecutive day of biking more than seventy miles.
Leaving Metropolis, Illinois, and cycling into Kentucky all in one day felt like quite an accomplishment. For some reason, I thought Illinois would be flat, but it isn't. We climbed up and down hills until we stopped for lunch at mile forty-one. We also switched maps, leaving the Great Rivers South map and heading in the direction of the Underground Railroad route. Our new route and new direction foreshadowed a change I would make later in the day to improve our travel experience.
The end of our time in Illinois came at Cave-in-Rock, where we caught a ride on the free ferry across the Ohio River. No cars accompanied us on the ferry, just the two guys who operated the boat. As soon as we entered Kentucky, nothing awaited us except more hills — no people, no homes, and no crops for miles. Just like in other states along TheHopeLine Tour, we had the place to ourselves. The hilly terrain meant we had some challenging climbs, while the dense forest with no people around made for a lengthy and uncertain ride to civilization.
In our travels, we've used maps published by a nonprofit bicycle-touring advocate called the Adventure Cycling Association (www.adventurecycling.org). Those maps mentioned the possibility of loose dogs in Kentucky, so Tim had a bright orange whistle hanging from his neck, and I had one in the outside pocket of my handlebar bag for easy access. Mine offered the added benefits of serving as a compass and a thermometer. I had used the thermometer and compass more than the whistle, but I must admit I loved blowing the whistle on dogs that chased us.
At that time on TheHopeLine Tour, we'd already had to blow the whistle on dogs in Missouri and Illinois. I can remember thinking, Kentucky dogs: be prepared! We won't be wasting our precious water squirting you or fending you off with our bicycle pumps. The whistle would be the way to ward off unwanted canines in pursuit.
Before encountering any loose dogs, however, I discovered another use for the whistle, but you need the assistance of a spouse or a friend. I'm talking about breaking a bad habit I'd had at times on that trip ... well, actually, two bad habits.
It all started on the prior day when I'd made a sarcastic comment and Tim blew the whistle as a referee would and shouted, "Unnecessary sarcasm, fifteen yards!" He was joking, of course. However, after entering Kentucky, I thought, What a great way to break a habit!
So, I said to him, "If I complain about anything for the rest of the day, I want you to blow the whistle on me."
It may sound strange, but my request for Tim to hold me accountable kept my grumbling in check. I set goals for myself every day, and many days, I pray that I will not complain. Day after day, I fall short. On that particular day, I thought blowing the whistle on my complaining would be a great way to break that horrible habit. And it worked!
Instead of complaining to Tim, I started thinking of ways to put a positive spin on things. My knee hurt, but instead of complaining about it, I thought about the beautiful sky. I was so sick of the endless hills, but instead of dwelling on it by talking about it, I said I was grateful for the lack of traffic on those hills! The fear of the whistle blowing with each complaint kept me from whining. I tested Tim while pedaling up a very steep hill and complained about it. Sure enough, he blew the whistle!
If you have a bad habit to break, ask someone to "blow the whistle" every time you indulge in that habit. The list of habits that could benefit from some whistle-blowing interference includes gossiping, complaining, swearing, being late, smoking ... the list is endless. Chances are this behavior-modification plan will get you into shape rather quickly. You will be "a better you" once you've broken the bad habit and replaced it with a new, healthier one. Instead of complaining, turn it into gratitude. No one will blow the whistle on you if you're grateful and full of joy!
Thirty-two miles into Kentucky, we ran out of sun. Yet we were glad to have entered state number eleven on TheHopeLine Tour. After climbing 4,700 feet of elevation, we were heartened when a woman at a convenience store in Sturgis reserved a motel room for us. The map listed none, but she knew of a place with cabins for rent. They had closed early, but she had an "in" and, therefore, so did we. Small-town Kentucky hospitality was in the air.
When we arrived at the cabin, we had more pleasant surprises: it was beautiful, the price was right, and the adjoining market packed us a home-cooked meal — which goes to show that when you stop complaining, things will work out well in the end!
Attitude. It has so much influence on the success of a journey and the fulfillment of a destiny — and whether you will be miserable or happy along the way. Make sure you check your attitude at the door to your pursuit.(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Section I Charting the Course
Lesson 1 What Were You Made For? 7
Lesson 2 Perfect Circumstances Never Arrive 11
Lesson 3 Blow the Whistle 15
Lesson 4 History Does Not Always Repeat Itself 19
Lesson 5 Road Map for Life 23
Lesson 6 A Way Out 29
Lesson 7 My Two Dads 33
Lesson 8 Fork in the Road 37
Lesson 9 Trading Time 41
Lesson 10 Fast Fixes Aren't Always the Fastest 45
Section II Shifting Gears
Lesson 11 Change Is Inevitable 51
Lesson 12 Growing Means Changing 55
Lesson 13 Two Attached and Too Attached 61
Lesson 14 Excess Baggage 67
Lesson 15 Challenges 71
Lesson 16 Remembering the Past 75
Section III Taking Precautions
Lesson 17 What Do You Value Most? 81
Lesson 18 Hanging on Too Tightly 85
Lesson 19 Restraints or Helpful Guidelines? 89
Lesson 20 Moving Meditation 93
Lesson 21 Balancing Act 97
Lesson 22 Another Form of Compassion 101
Lesson 23 One Lost Puppy 105
Section IV Finding Motivation
Lesson 24 Facing Fear 111
Lesson 25 Worrying 115
Lesson 26 The Deception of Responsibility 119
Lesson 27 Good Samaritans 123
Lesson 28 Passing a Test 127
Lesson 29 Don't Stop Now 131
Lesson 30 Stuck Fast 135
Lesson 31 Unexpected Stop 139
Lesson 32 Healing Power 143
Section V Riding through Storms
Lesson 33 Meeting with Resistance 149
Lesson 34 Rough Riding 153
Lesson 35 Held Back 157
Lesson 36 Hells Canyon 161
Lesson 37 His Needs, Her Needs 167
Lesson 38 Major Meltdown 171
Lesson 39 Adventuresome Spirit 175
Lesson 40 Front-row Seat to the Amazing 179
Section VI Enjoying the Ride
Lesson 41 Nature's Object Lessons 185
Lesson 42 "It's a God Thing" 189
Lesson 43 Coincidence 195
Lesson 44 Encouragement Comes in Many Forms 199
Lesson 45 On Eagles' Wings 203
Lesson 46 New Beginnings 207
Lesson 47 Recognizing a Blessing 211
Lesson 48 God's Perfect Timing 215
Lesson 49 Unexpected Blessing 221
Lesson 50 Rising to New Heights 225
Lesson 51 An Abrupt End 229
Lesson 52 Beauty from Ashes 233
Epilogue: The Ultimate Destination 239
About the Authors 244
How to Help The HopeLine 245
Trip Logs 247
Topical Index 249
Geographical Index 251
What People are Saying About This
Packed with zest, adventure, and love, Wheels of Wisdom offers an unusual combination of joyous living and an appeal to grab each moment and make it count. A great read for those who enjoy a virtual trip with some intriguing insights.
•Lisa Lickel, Author of The Last Detail
I found myself pulled into the stories and jealous of the rich life lessons Tim and Debbie were experiencing. Seeing the beauty in nature, taking time to know our unique calling, asking for help, and being in a position to expect a miracle are things we often miss in our routine, safe lives. Wheels of Wisdom is a wonderful story of adventure, filled with romance, humor, insights, and a reminder that we are all privileged travelers in this world of wonder.
•Dan Miller, New York Times best-selling author of 48 Days to the Work You Love
In Wheels of Wisdom, Tim and Debbie Bishop share more than a love of cross-country cycling. They share a keen eye on life, philosophical reflections of trying experiences, and the valuable spiritual lessons they learned along the way. Travel along. When the ride stops, you’ll be different.
•Heather Randall, CEO of Christian Woman Affiliate
If you have questions and concerns about your life, your relationships, and God, then read Wheels of Wisdom. It may change your outlook, answer some of your questions, and give you hope for a more meaningful life.
•Tom Nenadal, owner of Back from the Past Bicycles in Marshall, Missouri
Charming townspeople, beautiful scenery, and exciting adventures set the stage for powerful life lessons in Wheels of Wisdom.
•Christie Hagerman, youth advocate, blogger, and former triathlete from Easley, South Carolina
If you want to enjoy an engaging read while also being challenged to think about things bigger than yourself and beyond the next moment, then you’ve opened the right book.
•Dave Anderson, Director of Rescue for TheHopeLine
Wheels of Wisdom captures some memorable experiences from the Bishops’ bicycling trips across America and intertwines those experiences with thought-provoking, impactful insights on living life with purpose and meaning. The authors present their life lessons with sincerity and conviction yet without being “preachy.” I highly recommend this enjoyable book for readers of all ages who want to improve their lives or reignite their passion for life.
•Timothy Streeter, IT lead analyst from Fulton, New York
Descriptive, passionate, and thought-provoking, Wheels of Wisdom will encourage and challenge readers with life-building lessons. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys adventure, cycling, achieving goals, and finding hope for their lives.
•Lance Barry, call center manager and avid cyclist from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
It was a privilege to ride along the roads of life with the Bishops in Wheels of Wisdom! Their view of the world on two wheels gave a unique perspective of how God makes His presence known.
•Stacey Louiso-Henry, author, editor, and worship artist at writingdownlife.com
A refreshing read packed full of practical life lessons, Wheels of Wisdom, with its down-to-earth style, paints a fascinating picture of the cycling adventures of Tim and Debbie Bishop. Wherever you are in faith, this book asks soul-searching questions. Whether it is a life, relationship, or spiritual question, the Bishops share their answers gently and authentically and point to the source of all wisdomGod Himself.
•Karen Brits, housewife and mother from Northborough, Massachusetts
Tim and Debbie Bishop's “up close and personal” stories will delight you and make you gasp, smile, and grow misty-eyed as you explore Americaand your own lifefrom the seat of a bicycle. This book will challenge, inspire, and encourage you.
•Patti Smith, executive administrative assistant from Milford, Ohio
Stories in Wheels of Wisdom will inspire, encourage, and challenge you. The Bishops share openly their ups and downs, and teach, by example, how to apply one’s faith to everyday circumstances. Reading Wheels of Wisdom could be a life-changing experience for you whether you’re a cyclist or not.
•Ken Shirk, tax professional from Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tim and Debbie Bishop married each other when they were in their early fifties, and that was the first time that either of them was ever married. Both of them have bicycled across the country together, and this book is a collection of spiritual insights that they have gained through this experience. They also work for the Hope Line, which offers help to teens and young adults who are suicidal, addicts, or coping with other problems. Their cross-country bicycling has promoted this cause. There are fifty-two reflections in this book, some of them written by Tim, and some written by Debbie. They are written from an evangelical Christian perspective, which maintains that one receives forgiveness of sins by accepting the free gift of salvation that was made possible through Jesus’ death on the cross. Each reflection ends with a Bible verse and a series of questions to inspire reflection. The substitutionary atonement appears twice in this book: once in a chapter about hell, and another time in the epilogue, which is a Gospel invitation. Most of the book focuses on other themes of Christian living, such as God’s providence and provision and finding God’s calling on one’s life. There are lessons in the book that can resonate with secular-minded people, about facing worry, getting along with people, and moving on from the past. Debbie brings in her experience in twelve-step recovery. In some cases, their bicycling journey serves as an allegory for a life or spiritual truth concerning life’s journey. At other points, people they meet along the way inspire them to consider a spiritual lesson. One can probably read or hear the sorts of reflections that the book presents elsewhere. While the book is not incredibly deep, it is still edifying. It is evangelical Christian, but it has a friendly, inviting tone towards those who may believe differently. The book has a positive, uplifting quality, but it still acknowledges the challenges and struggles of life. Both Tim and Debbie talk about their challenges in being married, in light of their different backgrounds and temperaments, and all of the previous years that they were single and did what they wanted. They also discuss medical injuries that they faced on their itinerary. The book gave a taste of the challenges that cross-country cycling can present, including the threat of inclement weather, hills, wild animals, and nightfall. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Bookcrash. My review is honest.
Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite In their most recent book, Wheels of Wisdom – Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit, Tim and Debbie Bishop give some pretty amazing stories of where they have traveled across America. This book inspires the reader to understand they aren’t alone in facing the difficulties of life. The authors enable the reader to quickly get engaged along the journey and to relate to both the negative as well as the positive issues they encounter. We see how these challenges help to shape the characters of Tim and Debbie and how they become stronger and wiser through the traveled miles. There are scriptural passages throughout the book that point the reader to more than the authors' story, and show how one can deepen their own personal faith as they allow God to speak to them. There are also personal reflection questions at the end of each chapter which allow the reader to do a deeper self-evaluation. Tim and Debbie Bishop take readers along on their miles and miles of beautiful scenery, gorgeous weather, exhilarating people, and the adventures that help to develop and shape both their journey as well as their life. This is a fun book as well as one that the reader can eagerly grow from as they read and make the journey alongside the Bishops. Their ending wrap-up, entitled “The Ultimate Destination,” was a fantastic way to both honor God as well as to bring to a close such a wonderful, exciting adventure traveling through various states and making numerous memories.
You don’t have to be a bicyclist to love this book! Written by a husband and wife team, you will feel as if they are sitting in your living chatting with you. You’ll enjoy being with Tim and Debbie Bishop on their adventures as they cycle the United States. They take turns writing each chapter which include a great lesson along with scripture verses. Each chapter offers questions for personal reflection, making this a perfect book to use for personal devotions or a small group study. Lots of stories, some funny and some not so funny, they don’t hold back on their experiences or the emotions involved. This is a great book for the Christian looking for a different kind of devotional, or someone who loves stories and may never go on a cross country bike ride. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit by Tim and Debbie Bishop is an inspirational book that captures the journey of two incredible people in fifty-two chapters as they journey across the country on bicycle, a book that is rich with insight and lessons for life. First off, this book takes the concept of the road as a symbol of the journey we make through life. The authors share their physical cycling journey, but it comes with invaluable tips, insights, and reflections that can shift the way most of us look at life. In the introduction they warn that: “We come at life from a Christian perspective. That’s just who we are, and we can’t very well be who we aren’t.” In this book, the reader will drink in the wisdom they learned “on the seat of the bicycle,” making a total of 10,000 miles and how those miles affected them spiritually. This is a book that will help readers shift their perspective, confront their fears and inner demons, face life with more courage and openness, and learn to enjoy the surprises that occasionally come their way. You’ll enjoy the connection between the coauthors as they share their thoughts, experiences, and insights. You’ll also enjoy the ease with which they connect with God. Here is a book that Christians will adore, a book about the “spirituality of the road,” and aren’t we all wayfarers? I loved the writing and the jovial, conversational, and popular tone of the narrative. I also enjoyed the fact that the ideas of each coauthor stood out distinctly. This creates an interesting and interactive experience with the reader. Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit isn’t a book to be read in one sitting. In fact, it can be read over a whole year. Tim and Debbie Bishop make a beautiful offering that will enrich the lives of many. It is encouraging, inspiring, and uplifting. I will be journeying with this book for a pretty long time.
While Wheels of Wisdom might look like an average-size book, it is divided into 52 chapters, convenient for a year-long weekly devotional. It certainly won’t take an eager reader that long—you’ll be excited about the lessons and want to read more. Please don’t read more than one a day. Tim and Debbie Bishop, veterans of long and cross-country bicycle trips, share their three-month plus journey to raise awareness and funds for a special nonprofit they passionately support. More about that later. And to get to know Tim and Debbie, I encourage you to read their earlier book, Two Are Better. Wheels of Wisdom feels a like a personal cheer and a virtual bicycle trip in one. Each short lesson is a leg of their trip with a theme, a lesson and a Scripture verse, and a brief question section, Personal Reflections. The Lessons are written by either Tim or Debbie, sharing their experience of the day, a revelation, or one of those “God things,” like in Lesson 42 when they met a waitress whose son needed not only encouragement but also the ministry that TheHopeLine provides. The Personal Reflections questions are purposefully challenging. From Lesson 28 when Tim and Debbie were about to face a test, they ask the reader to consider a first-time experience and whether it was easier the second time. Try a test run if we’re anxious about a new experience we’re about to undergo. I found Wheels of Wisdom a truly multi-layered piece of encouragement and personal encouragement. Those who enjoy different ways to bolster themselves and their faith journey will find much to appreciate from Tim and Debbie’s story. Find more information about TheHopeLine, a ministry that provides interaction and support for those struggling with emotional and physical issues with relationships, addiction, depression, or suicidal thoughts. www.TheHopeLine.com