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Book Review: God in my Everything by Ken Shigematsu

October 29, 2013

In fifteen easy-to-read chapters, Pastor Ken Shigematsu (Tenth Avenue Church, Vancouver, BC) provides an outline and structure for individuals seeking to follow the monastic tradition of creating a “Rule of Life.” After a solid (yet not tedious) introduction to the topic and its place and in historical and biblical context and desired function in a Christian’s life, with a tender pastoral heart mixed with personal vulnerability, Shigematsu provides a a spiritual framework for the reader to develop a specific yet personalized practice in each of the 12 Rule of Life areas.

After spending three chapters exploring the root practices (Sabbath, prayer & sacred reading), the author builds on that foundation with nine practices under the headings: relate (3), restore (3), and reach out (3). Throughout, but especially in potentially contentious topics (eg. money, play, witness), Shigematsu’s stories are illustrative, disarming, and authentic showing the significance of making a rule of life in the particular area.

GodinmyEverything coverI highly recommend this book, especially for those interested in the monastic traditions, yet skeptical of their potential flakiness. The lattice Shigematsu sets forth is both flexible, yet consistent, thoughtful and biblical. He frequently discusses how certain practices/expressions within an area have “changed” at different seasons of his life. Each chapter closes with questions to consider as well as space provided for “Writing Your Rule” making this book one that could also be useful for small group study. ministry.

This book was provided free of charge to the reviewer by Thomas Nelson publishers as part of the BookSneeze blog review program.

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