What keeps us from flourishing in our spiritual lives is a neglect of the inner life of the soul. And more and more today, this neglect is driven by our ambition to accomplish something big outside ourselves. We live in a society that pressures us to achieve professionally, socially, and through the constant acquisition of material possessions. Drawing on a wide range of sources including scripture, church history, psychology, and neuroscience, as well as a rich variety of stories from his own life, Ken Shigematsu demonstrates how the gospel redeems our desires and reorders our lives. He offers fresh perspective on how certain spiritual practices help orient our lives so that our souls can flourish in the midst of a demanding, competitive society. And he concludes with a liberating and counter-cultural definition of true greatness.
This book will appeal to anyone who longs to experience a deeper relationship with Christ in the midst of the daily pressures to succeed, as well as to those on the borderlands of faith seeking to transcend the human tendency to define ourselves by our production and success.
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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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Ann Voskamp 9
Introduction: Struggling with My Status 15
Part 1 The Two "Adams" in Every Soul
Chapter 1 The Divided Self 23
Chapter 2 The Whole Self 33
Chapter 3 Spiritual Practices 55
Part 2 The Survival Habits of the Soul
Chapter 4 Meditation: Listening to the Music of Heaven 73
Chapter 5 Sabbath: The Rhythm of Resistance 91
Chapter 6 Gratitude: Savoring God's Gifts 109
Chapter 7 Simple Abundance: Why Less Is More 127
Chapter 8 Servanthood; Pouring Ourselves Out for Others 145
Chapter 9 Friendship: The Art of Mutual Encouragement 159
Chapter 10 Vocation: Discerning Our Sacred Calling 177
Chapter 11 Redefining Greatness 195
Epilogue: The Yoke of God's Love 207