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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (Aug. 11 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310499259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310499251
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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About the Author

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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I have read a lot of books along these lines - a lot - and this is simply best most accessible of them all. I will be passing it on to nearly everyone with whom I work. The book is truly outstanding. I predict it will become the "go to book" for the church in our time. It is simply … well…. real … clear … real …. honest …. real…. full of life …. real …. full of grace and truth.

Darrell Johnson
First Baptist Church, Vancouver
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No true saint is brittle, prissy, dainty. They're hardy and shrewd, daring and agile, and all vigour and hunger. God in My Everything is a training manual for such as these. Ken Shigematsu brings to the task years of experience both in the corporate world and the church, armloads of real-life stories, and his own outsized vigour and hunger. The result is a like finding a stream in a dry land or a fire on a cold night: not just cheering but life-giving. This book could spell the difference between limping along in your faith and running it with perseverance - between just having a faith and actually living one. Highly recommended.

Mark Buchanan
Author of Your Church is Too Safe and The Rest of God
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GOD IN MY EVERYTHING is a practical yet insightful book that gives the reader concrete ways to draw closer to God in the everyday moments of their lives, rather than 'getting away' to find God. This book is a valuable asset in guiding people to cultivate an awareness of God's presence in the every day areas of their lives such as work, rest and play. And no matter what stage in life or spiritual journey the reader is on, this book will help them experience God in everything, not just in some things.

Ken Shigematsu bases his book upon this pivotal question, "Is it possible to follow the monastic way, enjoying God in every area of my life, while immersed in the busy routines of modern life?" He answers this question by giving a holistic approach to living life with God by sharing openly from his own experiences, life lessons, and practices that make it tangible for the reader to incorporate it into their own daily routine. He offers a deeper look into the history of the monastic life and how their ancient practices can apply to our modern day world. He, also, shares personal stories and of others which are both captivating and poignantly written. His style of writing has a rhythm of it's own - it's poetic and practical, inspirational and intriguing.

In the midst of my own busyness, preoccupation, and struggles, this book helped me to re-evaluate and re-prioritize God's presence throughout my day. It has encouraged me to reach up to God in every moment, reach in to simplify my life, and reach out to make a lasting difference in the world. So far, these sacred practices have provided a rhythm of life that has flowed out of me with fluidity, grace, and wisdom - a beautiful life song that has resonated God's handiwork for all to hear. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience, see, and feel the presence of God in everything and in everyday.
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C.S. Lewis once quipped that if he ever said something “new” about Christianity, something that had never been said before, it would most assuredly be “false”. In a world in which people clamor for the “new,” Ken Shigematsu introduces the reader to something very old--an ancient Christian pathway that holds the promise of life.

In every generation, the ancient truths of Christianity need to be re-told in a way that captures the imagination of God’s people; I believe Ken’s book will do this. I have read many books on the spiritual disciplines, but none so clear, practical, compelling, and life giving. This is a book that I will come back to again and again, and one that I will recommend to the people I pastor. I commend it to you.

Mark Peters
Lead Pastor, North Shore Alliance Church
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This book is full of practical suggestions to connect with God and live intentionally. It is a helpful and realistic resource because Shigematsu offers principles and ideas that are pragmatic and can be so personalized that they really can become a "rhythm" or "pattern" in our lives. He suggests pruning rather than adding, thinking creatively and building disciplines slowly. I was encouraged after reading this book, especially with his approach to integrating the spiritual into the physical. He presents simple and fresh ideas to incorporate prayer, rest and sacred reading into our busy and restless lives and offers hope that these disciplines are possible, relevant and even enjoyable.
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For longer than I care to admit, the book God in My Everything had been sitting on my desk, atop of a pile of papers and folders that represented ideas to be implemented, promises to keep, and tasks to be met. I kept it there because I did not need to read it. Other deadlines were more pressing. Truth be told, I have come to like the adrenaline rush that comes with doing many things.

I had a hunch about the author’s premise—but it was not until I took the time to read his words that I realized that his voice was cutting through the clutter and speaking to me as I sat at my desk surrounded by piles, files and a very long “things to do” list. What if there was a better way?

The busy way has its adrenaline thrills, but also its costs. I found its cost on page 44. Shigematsu tells us that the Chinese character for busy combines the pictographs for heart and death, suggesting that busyness kills the heart. Deep in me, I knew that the rush of deadlines was taking its toll on me. What I did not know was that the ancients had known this for thousands of years.

Therefore, since the disease is ancient one, perhaps so also is the cure. Shigematsu turns back the pages of history and dusts off an ancient monastic method that invites one into a soul-full way of being, without having to leave the sacred place of family and work. His accessible writing style invites wayward busy-bodies like me to leave behind old habits. The reader is able to see these rules to live by as not mere theory—but a way of life that has been put into fruitful practice by one who is a very accomplished and centered human being.

Shigematsu comes from the evangelical tradition, but does not draw solely from it.
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