Winner, 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards, Inspiration
Gold Medal, 2017 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, Devotional
Winner, 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Christian Nonfiction
Bronze Medal, 2018 Illumination Book Awards, Devotional
Bronze Medal, 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Personal E-book
Finalist, 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Inspirational Nonfiction
Looking for more out of life?
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
-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 enjoy the ride. It's time to learn on the open road!
|Publisher:||Open Road Press|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||2 MB|
About the Author
Tim is a three-time Maine chess champion, a CPA, and a consultant for small businesses. He has also written a business book, Hedging Commodity Price Risk. He is still out to prove that the writing contest he won as a college freshman was not a fluke. The Bishops blog at OpenRoadPress.com.
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 nearly thirty years.
With her husband, Tim, Debbie has coauthored four works. The Bishops married at age 52, a first for both of them. Then, they bicycled thousands of miles throughout America. Thanks to these and other life experiences, their books overflow with wisdom, hope, and joy.
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. She volunteers as a Hope Coach for TheHopeLine and for other ministries that serve people who are seeking solutions to personal challenges.
Originally from New England, the Bishops now reside in Middle Tennessee.
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