Stamina Recumbent Folding Bike – Model 15-0200

As a geek I have a problem. I live a rather sedentary lifestyle – including a rather sedentary job. I may have the strongest finger muscles this side of the Mississippi, but I’m not sure that will help with my overall strength – or my bulging waist.

Jesse and Ricardo Erie PA Recumbent bicycle
Jesse and Ricardo Erie PA Recumbent bicycle (Photo credit: Ted Van Pelt)

Some of my geek friends take the time to visit the gym. Not me. I have too much to do to drive to a gym. For a long time this left me in a bit of a lurch. Thankfully, I lead a youth group which saw me running around at least twice a week – but still not enough. I figured if I could get a piece of exercise equipment into my house then I would start working out. But a treadmill or stationary bike was simply too big. It would take up half my living room…Not going to make the wife happy that way!

I began my search for a folding recumbent bike and stumbled upon the Stamina 15-0200[1]. It is fairly amazing. Folding up into a size just a tad larger than a vacuum cleaner it offers the comfortable seat with back that makes recumbents so wonderful as well as a monitor for calories, speed, distance, and time. While the unit did come in parts and took perhaps an hour to assemble, once assembled it has been nothing but a joy. Now I ride 1-2 hours every day – while watching television or reading a book. It allows me to get in my physical exercise while also avoiding guilt over taking some time to relax with a good TV show or book.

  1. [1]The model I initially purchased is no longer available, but Stamina offers several other options.

Book Review: Metamorpha (Author: Kyle Strobel)

Cover of Kyle Strobel's book Metamorpha
Cover of Kyle Strobel’s book Metamorpha.

Coming in with Low Expectations…

I am a voracious reader and my interests cover a variety of topics. One of my specialties, so to speak, is books on Christianity. I enjoy a number of Christian authors and am constantly expanding my interests.

Not too long ago I received a promotional copy of a new book by Kyle Strobel entitled Metamorpha: Jesus as a Way of Life. Promotional books oftentimes aren’t of the greatest quality and when I saw that this was, in fact, Lee Strobel‘s son (Case for Faith, Case for Christ, Case for a Creator) I was underwhelmed. I had tried Strobel’s Case for a Creator and while the volume had grasped my interest initially, I became discombobulated and bored as the volume continued.

I felt like Lee’s writing skills as an investigative journalist didn’t carry over well to full-length volumes and this challenge for journalists seemed to be confirmed by David Aikman‘s The Delusion of Disbelief. In any case, my skepticism was high, but I began to plunge ahead – and I was pleasantly surprised.

But Pleasantly Surprised…

Kyle Strobel writes with clarity, honesty, and wisdom I have seldom encountered except among some of the greatest authors. I can rank him without hyperbole alongside C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, Chronicles of Narnia) and George MacDonald (Diary of an Old Soul, Unspoken Sermons). The quality of his writing is superb, the content is clear and concise, the depth of his knowledge is impressive.

Strobel is young. Very young. But his work deserves the attention not only of this generation but also of the elder generations. With the wisdom of Solomon he carefully examines the faults of the elder and younger generations. Unlike so many contemporary writers who are blinded by the faults of the other generation Strobel is careful to pull the plank out of each generation’s eye as he seeks to unfold a clearer vision of following Christ.

Read If…

If you are looking for visionary insight into following Jesus,
Or you desire to deepen your walk with God. Or even to understand who this God is and why you should care,
If you find yourself in conflict with those of other generations,
Or are simply looking for deep, heart-wrenching, intellectual, theological stimulation – get ready to take a wild ride.