Thursday, September 19, 2013

"God in My Everything" Blog Tour

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.

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.

My Take:
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
Zondervan Publishing
Publication date: August 6, 2013
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. Sara, thank you for taking time to review my book in the midst of your very active busy life! I'm glad you found the book engaging and that you are planning to practice Sabbath. All proceeds of the book are going to World Vision and missions.