- Paperback: 189 pages
- Publisher: Herald Press (February 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0836196856
- ISBN-13: 978-0836196856
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Modern life often runs us ragged, with little space for us to catch our
spiritual breath. Sacred Pauses offers creative opportunities for connection with the transcendent in the midst of the everyday."
--Albert Y. Hsu, author of The Suburban Christian
About the Author
April Yamasaki is lead pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She has published numerous articles and several books, including Remember Lot's Wife and Other Unnamed Women of the Bible (FaithQuest) and Making Disciples: A Manual for Baptism and Church Membership (Faith & Life Press). She has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of British Columbia, a master s degree in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, BC, and enjoyed seminary life along with her husband at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
April has taught college-level courses in Bible and English, adult enrichment courses on prayer and journaling, and seminars and retreats on Christian living.
A third-generation Canadian of Chinese descent, she was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. April lives in Abbotsford with her husband, Gary, who teaches biblical studies at Columbia Bible College.
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April Yamasaki's book is accessible. Honest. Vulnerable, even. She explores spiritual disciplines practically with definitions and stories and exercises. I have been through the book three times now, once with a group, and I will go through it again.
The exercises challenge me to go below the surface of my faith into deeper places that allow me to hear from God.
I recommend this book for those who are struggling to hear from God and desire renewal as well as those who just want to change things up and take a fresh look at spiritual disciplines.
Yamasaki guides us on a journey of spiritual growth like a good coach who strives to learn her players’ strengths as well as their particular challenges. Rather than yelling out instructions from the side lines, she walks beside us through the valleys, beside still waters, and into the mountain peaks.
The book highlights classic spiritual disciplines (or exercises) such as “Engaging Scripture,” “Praying It Like It Is,” and “Fasting.” She also delves into somewhat atypical spiritual practices, “Getting Outside (for a walk),” “Being Alone Without Being Lonely,” and “Valuing Relationships.” In each chapter, the Bible is used not just as proof-texting. Instead, the Word is enfleshed with Spirit, coming to life in the stories shared, the examples given, and the encouragement offered.
Whether you are a committed Christian growing weary of doing well or a spiritual seeker looking for a break better than a stop at a fast-food place, this book has something sacred to offer and it serves it up in the Spirit of love.
The first chapter focuses on creating space, and describes an item that she keeps on her desk to regularly remind her to pause. I have added a similar element to my busy office workspace and have found it a helpful reminder to take a deep breath, say a prayer, and then move onto my tasks with new perspective. And almost without realizing it, I just had a sacred pause.