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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310499259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310499251
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Shigematsu is senior pastor of Tenth Church (www.tenth.ca) in Vancouver, British Columbia, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.

The intense work schedule at Sony led him to explore personal disciplines that could bring order to his life -- from those of his samurai ancestors to the rule St. Benedict developed for Christian communities.

His first book, God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God (Zondervan, 2013) describes how a rule of life that weaves spiritual practices into our daily rhythms of relationships, study, work, and play provides a kind of trellis that supports a God-filled life. It was selected as the Word Guild 2014 Christian Living book of the year, and is available in Danish translation as Gud i Mit Alt (Mediacellen, 2014).

Ken lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife Sakiko and their son Joey. Proceeds from his writing support the work of World Vision and similar organizations around the world. He invites readers to join him on Twitter @KenShigematsu.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Tan on August 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I whole-heartedly recommend this amazing book by Ken Shigematsu for everyone who struggles with finding time for God in a busy, schedule-driven world. This book shows how in establishing a "rule of life" rhythm everyone can be in a closer relationship with God in the journey of discipleship. As a pastor ministering here in Asia, this book--written by an author who grasps the nuances of the Western and Easter cultures--will definitely resonate with the Asian mindset, but generally with everyone who finds themselves "too busy" to find time to deepen their faith journey.

This book does an excellent job of weaving biblical principles with the practices of a monastic lifestyle to show how we can draw close to the Lord in our daily life. This easy to read book with profound concepts is sprinkled with heartwarming and moving stories to draw out the practical application to the principles proposed. Many of the stories are intensely personal and transparent illustrating that the author is not only speaking theoretically but as one who has going through the journey himself and continues to live it out in his present life.

Personally, two of the most impactful chapters are the ones on PLAY and WORK. To read that our God delights in and desires for us to play (defined as "doing something for its own sake") as a means of drawing close to Him was refreshing. And to see all work as a ministry for the Lord and thus find satisfaction and stability in what we do is a lesson we all need to learn.

I finished this book with the motivation and realization that "I CAN DO THIS!" This book comes highly recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cyk3ee on August 6, 2013
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There is no shortage of books about exercising particular spiritual disciplines and establishing a rule of life. So in one sense, the content in Shigematsu's book isn't all that much different from popular titles like Richard Foster's "Celebration of Discipline" or a more contemporary title like John Ortberg's "The Life You've Always Wanted." Shigematsu covers much of the same material.

But what I found incredibly helpful (and the reason that I'm recommending this book to folks that want to grow in their faith amidst the busyness of their daily lives) is that Shigematsu describes a foundation for a rule of life that is grounded in monastic practices, but doesn't come off as dated or impractical for the 21st century Christian. He strips away the rigidity of those ancient monastic practices so that we can see the underlying beauty and meaning of those early religious exercises. Moreover, he clothes that beauty with modern-day dressings so we can incorporate a rule of life that is ACTUALLY sustainable. He even illustrates that in the way he writes, weaving in examples and quotes from both ancient and contemporary sources. (If you're responsible to preach each week, or are in need of a rich source of helpful illustrations/stories/quotes... this book is chock full of `em.)

I highly recommend this book for anyone wondering how to recognize more God in their life and wanting to move forward in their spiritual journey!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2013
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I had the rare good fortune of coming across this book right after giving birth to my first child. Pregnancy already made me realize I'd need new ways of engaging God and growing deeper in my faith journey -- because my existing patterns and practices were no longer sustainable or practicable. Delivery brought my child into the world, but didn't teach me how to adjust the rest of my life accordingly! With life being more uncertain - my day's schedule so unpredictable - could I believe that God might have still more good in store for me as a result? Ken's book comes at just the right time. I appreciate the comprehensiveness of his paradigm: work, justice, witness - the body, play, money - friendship, sexuality, family... all addressed in connection with sabbath, prayer, sacred reading. I appreciate this invitation to not only press the 'reset' button - but to be newly re-centered in Jesus as I let him guide me in examining each of these areas of my life. THANKS, KEN, for writing this book! It is a tangible gift to many!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kleinink on August 6, 2013
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Ken Shigematsu has given people outside the monastic tradition access to the ancient practices that help us grow in faith. In the chapter "Creating a Spiritual Ecosystem" Shigematsu gives us the metaphor of trellis to encourage us to build a structure for our spiritual growth. He says that a rule of life supports our friendship with Christ so that we bear the fruit of his character to nourish others. A opposed to a magic pill that makes us mature, He encourages us to develop our own spiritual practices that take us further down the path, with our commitment, discipline, and God's power. He tempers this with the reminder that we are made to have a relationship with God, that intimacy is the goal of our practices. "The practices...create space for us to enjoy company with Jesus." With personal stories and fitting analogies, Shigematsu makes this rule of life practical and compelling. As a practitioner of what he preaches, the work is more than just a study of pathways to maturity, and is greatly enhanced by the author's personal experiences of ordering one's life for a growing emulation of Jesus. A must read for anyone pursuing spiritual growth. The work will add practical opportunities for a fruitful spiritual life.
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