Survival Guide for the Soul

Survival Guide for the Soul

How to Flourish Spiritually in A World That Pressures Us to Achieve

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan :, Zondervan,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780310535324
Branch Call Number: 248.46 SHI
Characteristics: 222 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sep 25, 2018

At some point in life, it seems like many of us wonder if we are becoming too consumed with the desire to lead the outwardly "successful life" measured by accomplishments and achievements. And in doing so, are we neglecting our true, inner selves and spiritual growth? Reading Pastor Ken Shigematsu's new book has helped me to make sense of this dichotomy which exists within us all, and to realize that both sides are a part of who God has made us to be. Ideally, we should strive to find a balance between the two.

In his new book, Pastor Ken outlines 8 practices designed to help us get back in tune with our spiritual life with God, while living in the midst of our busy lives. While some of these may speak to you more than others, all of them have merit and are worth thinking about and giving a try.

As with Pastor Ken's previous book, he draws from a wide range of sources, such as the Bible, other writers (both Christian and secular), scientific studies and research, pop culture, and personal stories from his own experiences and those of colleagues and friends. It is these personal stories which speak to me the most, as things become more concrete to me when they are attached to actual people.

We all have our own stories, thoughts, and experiences to share. I would encourage you all to share yours after reading this book while recommending it to others.

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