Inspirational P’s

     I have been enjoying audio books for the last couple of months.  They are a grand way to help the time pass quickly while I’m on the treadmill.  If it weren’t for audio books, I don’t think I’d have been as faithful in exercising as I’ve been, and I certainly wouldn’t be seeing the results of that exercise.  I’m still all for reading the old fashioned way with book in hand and reading glasses on, but there is a definite place for audio books in my life.    
     Though I’m relatively new to regular use of audio books and/or books on tape, my family and I have enjoyed some good ol’ Hank the Cowdog on long car trips in the past.  The fact that the author, John Erickson, narrates the audio versions, has always seemed like a good fit to me.  He breathes life and personality into some of his characters that might be missed otherwise.  Seriously!  We’ve laughed ourselves silly singing along, “Me just a lonesome coyote, Me howling at the moon….”.   Let’s face it, the narrator can make, or break, an audio book.  In the case of Mr. Erickson, his narration absolutely makes the audio. 
     Today I finished the audio book version of Ten P’s in a Pod : A Million-Mile Journal of the Arnold Pent Family  When I first started listening a couple of weeks ago, the narrator (author Arnold Pent III) rather had me thinking that I might not want to listen to the whole thing.  However, since I was already on the treadmill and had about thirty minutes to go, I kept listening, and I’m glad I did.  Though Mr. Pent’s voice can at times sound just a bit monotone, overall this book really was an enjoyable listen.  I even grew to enjoy Mr. Pent’s manner of speech.
     Arnold Pent III wrote this book when he was in his early twenties, while his family was still traversing the country as traveling evangelists and nurserymen.  Interesting combination!  The audio book was recorded when he was in his sixties.  While the book would make a terrific read aloud for your entire family, I would suggest it as a good book for you to read as well.  The Pent family raised their eight children to be Bible readers and the amount of Scripture the family committed to memory is amazing.  The “how” of the memorization is simple.  From the time they were born, the children heard God’s Word read to them daily after each and every meal.  As soon as they were able to read themselves, each spent a specified amount of time in personal Bible reading before breakfast.  In addition, each of them sequentially read aloud a chapter of the Bible after each and every meal.  With that daily schedule, the children heard or read through the Bible several times every year.  I have to tell you, I found this very inspiring and convicting. 
     The Pent’s story is sometimes humorous, quite engaging and chock full of Scripture!  They relied wholly on God for their every need, and their faith increased as God provided for them.  Their story portrays the biblical model of a family, with Dad leading the family and Mom taking every opportunity to make a home for her family as they traveled about.  If you choose to read this aloud to your children, or share the audio book with them, I’m sure you’ll find many opportunities for discussion.   
     The audio version features an hour long sample of recordings made of the family’s public appearances form the 1950’s, which includes a lot of Scripture recitation, hymns sung in four part harmony and old time gospel favorites.  One further track, The Good Soil, by the author’s grown son, features interviews with all eight of the Pent “children”.  Hearing their reflections of the childhood they spent on the road, and how their father’s Bible reading program influenced their lives and they way they raised their own children, was a perfect finale.
     I plan on buying a print copy of the book for our Heritage Library, but I also recommend the audio book, available at Behemoth.
     Ten P’s in a Pod : A Million-Mile Journal of the Arnold Pent Family (* * * * *)

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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3 comments to Inspirational P’s

  • Cheryl,  We love audio books.  We have ‘read’ so many while driving across the USA.  What a great way to spend time!

  • I agree with you in that READING a book is preferred over listening, but sometimes you don’t have a choice. My family used to check out a stack of audio books to listen to on long road trips, it cut down on the “Are we there yet?” question! There was some bickering about which book we heard first, but over all it was a great way to travel!:) I’ve been wanting to read the “Ten P’s in A Pod” book, so you’ve encouraged me even more.:) Thanks!

  • My family loved the Hank the Cowdog tapes (as we listened to them before CDs were available!).

    I remember one road trip when I was driving and laughed so hard that I almost had to pull over.  It was the #2 book (Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog).

    Hank is the one book that I actually PREFER in audio version.  🙂