Take Him With You…
Take Him With You is a unique podcast, I’ve probably said that before and I’ll likely be saying it again later on down the line but that doesn’t make it any less true. It is run by the co-hosts, Rick and Amy Moyer. This husband/wife team meet every week to discuss what’s going on around the Moyer household, talk about their family life, geeky stuff ranging from movies, TV, and technology. They then round it out at the end, talking about their faith and different subjects in relation to their faith. Yes, that word was just dropped in this review, faith. However, I hope you are willing to have an open mind about it and continue reading.
I started listening to the THWY podcast some time after I picked up the Treks In Scifi podcast. I’m pretty sure I met Rick before he started this podcast… It is one of the few podcasts where I listened to the first episode and have continued listening to it 150+ episodes later. Starting in January 15th, 2009, Rick had the idea of talking about faith, but in a less religiously, stuffy way. So, he decided to start a podcast to talk about faith being a relationship with God. The name, Take Him With You, was inspired by how podcasts are usually listened to on iPods and thus, you were taking Him with you.
What sets THWY apart:
- Husband and Wife Co-Host
- Spiritual, not religious podcast
- Conversations about faith
- Interact with people via questions on Twitter and Facebook
- Unique and original music created by Rick
- Weekly releases
- multi-part episodes on subjects
- Occasional Interviews
- Tech news
- Movie reviews
Rick and Amy approach each subject by reading out of the Bible and then discussing it at length, giving some of their perspective on it. The subject material varies from week to week. Sometimes its a character focus on certain people from the Bible, other times it’s a focus on spiritual well being, and then other times its about emotions, such as fear, fear of change and the like. It’s quite a range of material that they talk about so I can’t really say all of what they talk about in this review, but you can certainly give the archives a look if your interested. THWY has also done audio drama specials on the show as well as the occasional interview with people about their beliefs. The shows tend to last between an hour to an hour and a half. They are not “enhanced” podcasts, though they do change the podcast art cover for each episode. Show notes are usually a short summary about what goes on in the episode.
The podcast has a very down to earth feel to it. When listening, you get the sense that your visiting them at their house and just talking with them in their living room. There is no pressure, no ego, just a calm and cool discussion about their everyday life and faith. The Moyers give off a very friendly, sometimes silly and personable atmosphere on the show. That makes it fun and enjoyable to listen. Sometimes, you’ll also get their pets to guest for a few short seconds which I find amusing.
Originally, this podcast started out as Rick’s solo project as he started up Moyer Multi Media, his new business. Amy would later take up the roll of co-host on the show and she has stayed on ever since. These two co-hosts have a great chemistry together. Rick is the silly, energy filled, pun-tastic host who is cracking jokes quite a bit of the time. He is, thankfully ;), kept in check by Amy’s calmer demeanor, who brings the show back on track and focused. Despite Rick’s sometimes silly antics, he can be serious when he needs to be, especially when talking about the main meat of the subject at hand. The two work well together and it is always fun listening to these two banter back and forth on subjects. However, Rick can sometimes be a bit too silly and can talk over Amy and Amy can sometimes be a bit too quiet and reserved. Still, they maintain a balance most of the time and give the show a more “alive” feeling to it.
Rick also contributes to the podcasting community by creating podcast music, intros and other audio stuff. He’s also created a large library of parody songs for geeky people to enjoy, free of charge. Plus, he runs his own business, Moyer Multi Media, which does all sorts of creative things, from music to voice acting and more. You get to hear snippets of his work from time to time on the show. Amy is supportive and helps Rick more behind the scenes, plus does a lot of gardening in her spare time.
Overall, THWY has been an interesting experience listening to the show over the years. I find Rick & Amy’s thoughts on spirituality different, yet refreshing. The show has a great quality to it. Plus, its a show to brighten your day and hopefully bring a smile to your face. I know that we could all use a little more happiness in this world, so give the podcast a look, try it out for a couple of episodes. Even if your agnostic or atheist or whatever your belief may be, give these two a try because they aren’t here to judge you or anyone else. They’re here to talk and bring some happy feelings.
So until next time…