Saturday, October 14, 2017

Listening...

Podcasts are something I use quite a lot to help put me to sleep or to entertain me when I can’t… I used to joke with fellow insomniacs that I had found a prescription for sleep that was simple, cheap and yet effective.  It was three 15 minute podcasts from Joyce Meyer and sleep would come naturally.  This is somewhat unfair and I’m definitely not calling her boring.  Truth is I have benefitted a lot from Joyce’s teaching over the years but the principle stands… by the time 45 minutes have pasted I’m have normally arrived in the land of nod.

Recently however listening to podcasts seemed dry and somewhat boring.  Slightly panicked I wasn’t sure what to do.  I have listened to 8 hour YouTube videos of the dawn chorus and at times this works but not recently.  I needed something new!


 I use Instagram quite a lot and I follow quite a few adventure type people.  One whose name escapes me now had a photograph of the top 12 books he had listened to recently through Amazon’s app ‘Audible’.  Now my mate, David Morrison is a big fan of the audible book and encouraged me to experiment, an idea I have so far resisted. I thought without admitting it to him, I would have a quiet look. As I looked at Audible they offered three months free membership and three free books.  Inspired by how my other mate, Simon Woodward who often uses and benefits from these kind of free offers, I took them up on it.

My first purchase was the book of adventure ‘Dare to Do’ written by Sarah Outen charting her journey round the globe using only a bicycle, a kayak and a row boat. My second was the novel “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. I’m not sure what it’s like but I’ve heard it’s good. It was cheap and a bit different for me so what’s to lose!



I am two chapters in to Sarah’s book and I love it.  She writes fantastically well.  I picked her book because this week I came across and was inspired by a few of her video podcasts, particularly the one on mental strength.  What she advises remind me of a number of bible verses I’ve been meditating on of late.  I wonder if you can see them in what she says… Anyway maybe you want to try audible books; if you do try it let me know what you think! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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