A rule of life sounds as exciting as a toothbrush for Christmas. You know you should but is that what you really want?
That’s why I loved God in My Everything by Ken Shigematsu. He gave life to understanding the rule of life. His image of a rule of life as a trellis to support the vine and maximize the growth connected with me.
How he painted that image of the trellis throughout the book, provided a way to look at my life and even more God in my everything in life with greater focus and purpose.
Building on the roots of sacred reading, prayer and Sabbath , Ken hit the essential expected spiritual habits for growth. Then weaving that trellis with areas that deal with relationships, restoration and reaching out, Ken provided that God’s intent for growth and spiritual formation is not only in one’s devotional time, but part of life all the time.
In looking at the idea of the disciplined life that brought the Christian perspective as well as that of a Sumari warrior. That additional perspective provided a good contrast that let Ken develop the idea of God’s grace at work, and that spiritual growth is God’s act in my life. The trellis provides support, not the growth.
So what then is a rule of life? Ken defines it this way: “A rule of life is simply a rhythm of practices that empower us to live well and grow more like Jesus by helping us experience God in everything.”
In addition to the principles Ken shares, I also appreciated his style of writing with quotes from various times and people, and personal examples from his own life and the lives of others. God in My Everything is not merely about Ken’s rule of life, but a glimpse at a variety rules of life and even more an opportunity to work on one’s own through comparison with the examples of others and questions at the end of each chapter.
I give God in My Everything 5 out of 5 stars. For those who want to develop a vibrant spiritual life, this book provides some great areas to consider and work through in developing one’s own rule of life, one’s own trellis for growth and development.
My thanks to Zondervan for a free copy to review. I wasn’t required to give a positive review, just an honest one.