Yesterday I posted a review of Kevin DeYoung’s new book Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem. DeYoung’s book was helpful and I recommend it. But there have been a number of others books that approach the problem if busyness differently.
James Matichuk reviewed God in my Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God which sounds like it has some overlapping themes with Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.
Here is a portion of the James Matichuk’s review:
Shigematsu tackles the idea of writing a rule of life in God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God. Drawing on the monastic tradition, he points to Sabbath, Prayer and Scripture reading as foundational practices that enable us to cultivate our connection to God ( he labels these three practices as ‘roots’). Building on these practices, Shigematsu also tells us how to ‘relate’–how to cultivate relationships with others, God-centered sexuality and how to set proper boundaries around family relationships. He then, recommends practices which ‘restore’ us. These include attention to bodily health, recreation, and an appropriate understanding of money. Finally he suggests practices which enable us to ‘reach out.’ Our work, our commitment to justice, and our witness are all ways in which our faith in God spills out in blessing to the world. Shigematsu suggests making a rule of life which attends to each of these four rules, but keeps us rooted in the rhythms of Sabbath, prayer and scripture reading. An appendix collects several sample rules that people (Shigematsu’s small group) have written.