Monday, September 23, 2013

God In My Everything by Ken Shigematsu

book review of God In My Everything by Ken Shigematsu (Zondervan) by papertapepins

Accomplished pastor helps readers—particularly pastors, parents, and leaders—build intentional rhythms into their day-to-day lives for a closeness with God deeper than they’ve ever experienced.
Ken Shigematsu was leading a dynamic, growing church in Vancouver, B.C. but felt like he was simply treading water in his spiritual life. Then a friend invited him on a pilgrimage to the holy places of Ireland, and the trip inspired him to explore the ancient practice of living by a rule, or rhythm, of life.
In this book, Ken guides readers on a journey down an ancient, timeless pathway toward transformation, showing readers how to open their lives to enjoying God. He brings this ancient practice to life for modern readers through his own poignant and humorous stories— from his time as a "salaryman" in Tokyo with the Sony Corporation and his experiences as a husband, father, pastor, and friend.
This book will appeal to all who long for a deeper spirituality—particularly pastors, parents, and leaders who often feel that the busyness of life makes a close relationship with God challenging and, at times, seemingly impossible. Ken offers fresh hope and direction to discover the presence of God in everyday life.
I started this book with a different idea of what it might be about. Then, as I started reading, I thought what's this about a bunch of rules? But it's true that if you are intentional about what you are doing, you will be more effective. 
The author guides you through the steps of creating your own rule, or rhythm of life. One of the things that stood out for me was taking a Sabbath. Meaning that it's one day of the week in which you stop and take time for things that are not work. Not homeschool related, or meal planning  or laundry. Some things can't be avoided, like preparing meals for my family or tidying a bit if company is coming but I will try to take time to do something I enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. It doesn't have to be Sunday, and this rhythm is flexible, but it's something I will try to implement. Without feeling guilty.
I wouldn't have thought that how ancient Benedictine monks lived life would have much effect on mine. I started reading this at the beginning of September when, of course, things are ramping up and the busyness begins again, but also a certain routine comes into play for the majority of the year. I will be more intentional about that routine, without being rigid.
I received this book from Booksneeze and Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. 
About the Author

Ken Shigematsu

Ken Shigematsu is the Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Canadians in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the country. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo and draws on both eastern and western perspectives in writing and speaking. Ken lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sakiko, and their son, Joey.

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