Survival Guide for the Soul: How to Flourish Spiritually in a World that Pressures Us to Achieve

Survival Guide for the Soul: How to Flourish Spiritually in a World that Pressures Us to Achieve


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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.

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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ISBN-13: 9780310535324
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 480,386
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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

Acknowledgments 211

Notes 215

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