This week was my son’s first days of third grade. The rhythm of Fall and the routine of life is picking up again. So it was fitting that I’ve been reading God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God, by Ken Shigematsu.
Before ever reading one word, I was intrigued by this book for two reasons. #1) The pastor of my church has just returned from a summer long sabbatical studying Celtic Christianity. #2) Shigematsu lives in Vancouver, and I love reading books by Pacific Northwest authors. (I live near Seattle.)
Shigematsu’s concept is to build rules and routines into your daily life that support your walk with God. Patterns of behavior can become a strong trellis to help people thrive.
There was less Celtic “stuff” in this book than I was initially hoping for, but Shigematsu filled the pages richly, contemplating traditions and spiritual practices from all over the world. (As a United Methodist, I especially appreciated the shout-out to John Wesley and his practice of proportionate giving.)
I also like how Shigematsu suggests starting small, and changing your routine for better over time. For me, this means turning the chimes on my clock and remembering to take a deep breath every time I hear them sound. That seems like a good place to start.
P.S. I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest opinion and review.