A Harmonized Heart and Mind

A Little bit of me, A little bit of you

by W. Ralph Mangum



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/17/2019

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781973663003
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781973662983
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781973662990

About the Book

The purpose of this book is an attempt to address and unify the common difference between people of different ethnicities, backgrounds, and faiths from a spiritual and, to some degree, practical perspective, which is reflected in the subtitle “A Little Bit of Me, a Little Bit of You,” implying that the pains, disappointments, joys, frustrations, birthdays, celebrations, and deaths are all relevant in that each are common to every human being regardless of geographical location political affiliation, ethnic background, or educational environment.

However, in the opinion and experiences of the author, the willingness and ability to manifest an act of understanding as manifested in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ has proven to be an effective method of helping without hindering the efforts of many whose desire is to better the environment in which we live, especially when attempted in an environment of sincere, unconditional love.

About the Author

W. Ralph “Bill” Mangum is a proud Korean and Vietnam War era veteran of the United States Army. Knowing Bill is knowing someone who has a deep desire to help others. His ability to listen and understand people has created a network of friends who know and love him. Many do not see him as an 84-year old African American man who often travels by way of an electric scooter, but rather a young and vibrant individual who will be the first to admit that his goal is to “help but not hinder”. Bill is a communicator who enjoys sharing his knowledge and wisdom with anyone who might offer him a smile or a few minutes of time over a cup of coffee. His knowledge of politics, war, religion, and of people is vast not because he has read many books over a lifetime, but rather because he has lived a life rich in experiences. Bill has endured the hardships of relationships as well as inequality with a loving heart and a faithful smile of optimism for he believes in people and the wonderful things they offer. He has helped me understand that we should not be too critical or have high expectations of others but meet people “on their terms”. I recall him saying on more than one occasion, “we all have junk in our trunk”, and this thought demonstrates Bill’s understanding and acceptance of others.
Bill has a loving wife, Shirley, of 18 years who adds to his moral compass. Together, they have travelled several times across the country enjoying America in all its beauty and geographic diversity, and the loving company of one another.

One of the many lessons that I have learned from Bill’s wisdom is that staying socially active keeps one young. Bill will forever be young in spirit for he loves life and people. I am blessed to call him my friend.
—Robert K. Johnson