Written by cycleguy on February 24th, 2016

Every once in awhile I have multiple things going through my thought process for writing, but each one seems to be not quite enough to write a blog about. So I combine them into one. Today is one of those days.

In the “I just read this” department:

I’m reading a book called An Unquiet Mind-a book about manic depressive/bi-polar people. Thankfully I am neither but it was recommended by Linda Stoll so I thought I would check it out. The author writes this:

Spending a lot of money that you don’t have-or, as the formal diagnostic criteria so quaintly puts it, “engaging in unrestrained buying sprees”-is a classic part of mania.  (p.74)

Yikes! I sarcastically thought there must be a lot of people who are fitting into this category. Truth is many of us-although certainly not bi-polar or manic-spend way beyond our means. The reasons for that vary, but it is a sign of a “divided heart.”

In the “for the pastor/church” department:

I’d like to suggest you read this and tell your pastor/leaders about it. I’m pretty sure Jared is dead on. Least for me he was.

In the “you know there would be music in this post” department:

I have been fascinated with this singer for the past month or so. She has given me a new appreciation for Celtic music, as well as female singers. Check out this song (includes lyrics on screen) and this one. And for a completely different tune.

Okay…that’s enough rambling. After reading…and listening…you are now allowed to get back to work. 🙂


18 Comments so far ↓

  1. Linda Stoll says:

    Yep, that UNQUIET MIND is a fascinating peek into a troubled soul. Would love to hear your final thoughts when you reach the last page.

  2. Kari Scare says:

    My son just read “An Unquiet Mind” for his AP ELA class. Read a paper he wrote about it. Figure I should read the book as research for my own, which I am actively focusing on right now, btw.

  3. Jeff says:

    I am not a guy that is into gadgets and stuff and am always amazed at people that don’t understand that savings is far more satisfying activity than accumulating a pile of stuff or the latest shiny object. I don’t do it so I don’t get it. They all aren’t bi polar. Stupid maybe but not bi polar. Stupid doesn’t make a person a bad person it just makes life more difficult.
    As for the Church department I am sure a lot of those mistakes are being made and the powers that be have no interest in doing anything about it.
    The music is definitely not my thing. She sounds like she is in a tunnel. Maybe a good singer and just a bad production.

    • cycleguy says:

      your first thought was exactly what I was trying to say only a bit kinder with the words. 🙂 Sadly, you are correct about not wanting to make changes. It sounds much better with headphones I found.

      • Jeff says:

        I didn’t think I was being unkind. I actually think I am a pretty kind person. I think most everyone that knows me thinks I am a pretty kind person. They don’t think I mince my words or try to be politically or religiously correct. But they do think I am a kind person. So it hurts me that you think I was not being kind.

        • cycleguy says:

          I get “ragged on” for calling people stupid or idiots. Since you generally don’t care what others think of you I am not sure if you are joking or not. No offense was meant.

          • jeff says:

            As WC Fields said “We are all stupid….on different subjects.” That subject just doesn’t happen to be one of my stupid subjects. I do have some tho. My theory is if the shoe fits it fits. I wouldn’t call anyone stupid but I do think there are stupid behaviors. Everyone needs to decide for themselves where their stupid lies. And I was kidding a little

  4. Very sound advice for churches in the blog you shared, and as I’m a huge fan of the Celtic sound, I found that first song enchanting. Must admit, did not check out the others as I’ve a lot on my plate today.
    Blessings, Bill, and thanks for sharing!

    • cycleguy says:

      I have been on and off about the Celtic sound. Some of it is good; some not so. Leah I like. I hope you will come back and listen to the others and let me know what you think.

  5. floyd says:

    Celtic? And you were giving me grief for country? !

    I like the last song the most. She must not be related to Jacob’s wife of the same name… !

    • cycleguy says:

      I’d say probably not. 🙂 And yes, I will still give your grief for country. Although this is called progressive metal celtic or something like that.

  6. Bill, I did take time this evening to listen to Leah’s other songs. Wow! I think I will be ordering a CD soon.

  7. Betty Draper says:

    My fingers are on their way to ordering the book. This is an issue we deal with often working with missionary. I like Celtic music but would not buy her, too much heaviness in it for me. I like the lighter Celtic.
    The first paragraph got me in Jared post. In fact this was much of our discussion Tuesday night at the bible study. Good post brother..

  8. cycleguy says:

    She does not take the view from a Christ-follower Betty. It is not vulgar or anything like that but she is honest about her ups and downs. As for the music: we each have our own style. I have mine; you have yours. 🙂 Thanks for at least listening to it. I’ll remember not to send it to you for Christmas. LOL And yes, Jared’s first paragraph is a hard hitter. “Mission drift” is common.