Something about monasteries has always intrigued me. Their devotion to God is simply admirable. The book God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God shows how you can base your spiritual life on the monastic lifestyle, even in today’s busy world.
The author of this book, Ken Shigematsu, teaches from his life experiences including a busy worker in Japan, a traveler experiencing a monk’s lifestyle in Ireland, and a pastor leading his own church. Through all of this he explains and shows that life can be fulfilling if done in a Biblical way.
This book goes through several aspects of our spiritual lives that can be changed in a way to honor God more and stress us out less. These topics include: Sabbath, prayer, Bible reading, body, play, money, work, justice, and witness. You will be guided through each of these and shown how spiritual life can be not only improved, but can thrive!
One of my favorite quotes from this book comes from the chapter on Sabbath: “The truth is that we may be busy because we feel the need to validate our worth.”(pg.45) Wow! Consider me convicted! So much of my life lately has been wrapped up in this very thing, and coming to realize that is freeing.
I also loved how he explained how to pray using the ACTS acrostic (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). The perfect model after the perfect prayer…The Lord’s Prayer. I will definitely be teaching this one to my children! I also loved the idea he explained about constant prayer. If we live in a state of constant prayer we can be assured that God will be a part of all we do as we invite Him to join us and guide us.
The goal of this book is to help you find your Rule of Life. This is how we can make sure we are doing those things we feel to be most necessary (prayer, Sabbath, healthy eating, scripture reading, etc.). I am working on my own right now. I have always used the excuse of an unpredictable schedule to not make a specific schedule for doing these things, but the problem is they are not getting done!
I am so glad to have a book like this to guide me through the spiritual aspects of life. It really is possible to slow down life and enjoy the benefits of a strong relationship with the Lord! After all, as I read online, if you are too busy for time with God, you are busier than God ever intended you to be.
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