cover image Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit

Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit

Tim and Debbie Bishop. Open Road, $14.99 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-0-9856-2486-6

Those looking for a road map for life can get directions from the Bishops, who navigated a cross-country bicycle trip and recorded helpful observations gleaned on the journey. The coauthors, who are volunteer coaches for TheHopeLine, a nonprofit that reaches out to teens and young adults in need, share stories and insights cleverly separated into six thematic sections: Charting the Course, Shifting Gears, Taking Precautions, Finding Motivation, Riding Through Storms, and Enjoying the Ride. The lessons learned along a bike route or from coasting through life’s roadblocks are much the same, they discover, and wisdom can be found through the smallest of observations and everyday experiences. A lost shoe, for example, prompts reflections on placing too much value on possessions, and gripping the handlebar for an extended period of time results in lessons on letting go. The book, which incorporates faith without unnecessary preaching, includes a section of questions for personal reflection at the end of each lesson and is a handy tool for small group study and discussion. (BookLife)