God In My Everything: How An Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God
by Ken Shigematsu
Ken Shigematsu shows that spiritual formation is more than just solitude and contemplative reflections. Spiritual formation happens in the everyday, in each and every moment of life. For those caught up in the busyness of work, family, and church, it often feels like time with God is just another thing on a crowded “to-do’ list. Ken explains how the time-tested spiritual practice of the “rule of life” can help bring busy people into a closer relationship with God. He shows how a personal rule of life can fit almost any vocation or life situation.
In God in My Everything, you will discover how to create and practice a life-giving, sustainable rhythm in the midst of your demanding life. If you long for a deeper spirituality but often feel that the busyness of life makes a close relationship with God challenging—and, at times, seemingly impossible—this book is for you.
Though I mostly read fiction, occasionally a non-fiction book that really catches my attention will come up for review. This was one of those books.
With an active four-year-old, a loving husband, a house to manage, part-time work to do, and various ministries in which we are involved at our church, my life is definitely busy. Time with God definitely feels as if it just gets put on a to-do list and checked off with everything else.
From the beginning of this book, I was captivated. Ken has an easy writing style that flows well and keeps your attention. And the ideas that he presents just feel so easy to implement into any lifestyle to bring about a closer relationship with God and a more peaceful life.
After Ken gives the background for the "rule of life" that he has put into action in his own life, he lays out practically how this can be accomplished in anyone's life. I loved the imagery of the trellis and how everything in life has its place on the vine with Christ (your spiritual life) as the roots.
Although there were a few things here and there that I didn't agree with theologically, the focus of the book is about Christ and how we should live with him at the center. I would have preferred, however, that the points made were always backed up by the Bible and not by examples of monks or by quotes or examples from secular sources.
After reading this book, I am excited to slowly implement these principles in my life - starting this Saturday/Sunday with observing a time of Sabbath.
I will give God in My Everything ... 4 BookWorms.
God in My Everything
by Ken Shigematsu
Publication date: August 6, 2013