God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God Paperback – Aug 11 2013
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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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Author of Your Church is Too Safe and The Rest of God
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.
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.
Lead Pastor, North Shore Alliance Church
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.Read more ›
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Excellent book. Ken is very in touch with the realities of a busy life while still holding on to the idea of balance and mindfulness.Published 12 months ago by Jennifer Bolduc
If you want to discover more of who God is, this book is for you. God's grace is the foundation and it is the source of all have. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bruce P.
Ken Shigematsu does an excellent job providing a systematic approach for believers to shape their lives towards being God focused and fruitful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Adam & Jalene
This is a book that will change my life, I absolutely love it. It was impossible for me to put it down once I started to read it! Read morePublished on April 15 2014 by Russ Fox
Ken Shigematsu's God In My Everything - A Book Review by Ricky P. Mapa
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From a generous pastoral heart, Ken Shigematsu offers a timely invitation and practical process on how to create life-giving rhythms in the midst of demanding lives. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2013 by Karen R
God In My Everything is a great read for anyone desiring practical ways to grow as a Christian. From beginning to end it is packed with helpful ideas for creating a rhythm or rule... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2013 by Brenda Pue