God In My Everything: How An Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God
Monks, Samurai, ancient rhythms, touching real-life stories, guiding principles, life-changing prescriptions and practical insights all serve as key ingredients for this instructive and entertaining book by Ken Shigematsu.
Whatever your roles and place in life, this real, open and insightful book is for you. Ken does a great job of blending timeless truths with current-day realities to provide a framework that enables greater meaning in life and an opportunity to actually enjoy a life lived in sync with God.
Regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey, or even if you don’t consider yourself to be on a spiritual journey, you will find insights that will challenge and enable you to live a simpler and less-cluttered life in order to enjoy life more.
Shigematsu worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo prior to becoming a pastor and draws on both eastern and western perspectives in his writing and speaking. Ken now pastors Tenth Church, a community of worship, radical transformation, and outreach, in the heart of Vancouver. He writes and shares his insights from a wide-range of unique life experiences.
The book covers various real-life topics, including (among others):
- Rhythms and rules for living
- Sabbath oasis for body and soul
- Family ties
- Eating, sleeping, swimming and playing
- Money, work and justice
- Helping others
Here are just a few quotes that I particularly liked and extracted from the book:
… I began to ask the question that underlies this book: “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?”
As I learned more about the Samurai code of bushido and the monastic “rule of life,” I saw that both of these ancient cultures had developed something simple, yet profound: a life patterned on proven practices that helped them cultivate their character and contribute to the world.
The Chinese character for busy combines the pictographs for heart and death, suggesting that busyness kills the heart.
As Desert Father John Cassian once observed, “If we don’t give the body what it needs, it will demand everything.”
I first heard of this book prior to its release as our son-in-law Jordan and daughter Brittany attend Tenth Church where the author pastors. In fact, Brittany was part of the small group that worked through the book prior to publication. Brittany’s Rules of Life are included in the book. Yes, I know this makes me biased but I was loving the book long before I reached the point where Brittany was mentioned.
It has been my pleasure to hear Ken speak on a few occasions and to chat briefly with him a handful of times. He has always struck me as the type of person that I could learn a lot from.
The book is currently rated 4.8 out of 5 on Amazon and certainly deserves this incredibly high rating. I encourage you to read it!
Are you interested in living a simpler and less-cluttered life? Have you read this book? Do you want to live a fuller life?