Survival Guide for the Soul
When I began to read Ken’s book it was like waking to the music of home, like finding a hand to pull you out and carry you to shelter. The pages you are about to read feel like a literal rescue—and I read it in one sitting, underlining and writing notes and rereading whole sections.
— Ann Voskamp, NY Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
 
 
 

How to Glorify God in a World that Prioritizes Personal Gain

Many people today feel harried and empty, driven by an unrelenting ambition to accomplish something big and meaningful. Yet in contrast to the constant pressure we feel to achieve, Scripture defines success altogether differently.

In Survival Guide for the Soul, bestselling author and pastor Ken Shigematsu speaks poignantly about overcoming the obstacles that keep us from flourishing in our spiritual lives. He reveals the secret to a robust inner spiritual life: rejecting the temptation to validate ourselves through the pursuit of significant achievement and embracing a life of gratitude, knowing that we are already beloved as a son or daughter of God.

Drawing on a wide range of sources—including Scripture, church history, psychology, neuroscience, and a rich variety of stories from his own life—Shigematsu offers a fresh perspective on how certain spiritual practices help orient our lives so that our souls can flourish in a demanding and competitive world.


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Endorsements


When I began to read Ken’s book it was like waking to the music of home, like finding a hand to pull you out and carry you to shelter. The pages you are about to read feel like a literal rescue—and I read it in one sitting, underlining and writing notes and rereading whole sections.
— Ann Voskamp, NY Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
Ken has written a gift for every pressured, hurried, performance-driven, success-haunted person on the planet. So take a deep breath, and smile, and start to read. Slowly.
— John Ortberg, author of I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me
Loaded with practical insights and encouraging thoughts, every reader will benefit from Ken’s work.
— Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author
This was written for me. It speaks poignantly, prophetically, and pastorally to the real temptations that can seduce each and every one of us. A beautiful book that reminds us how deeply God loves us and delights in us.
— Eugene Cho, senior Pastor of Quest Church and author of Overrated
There’s not a line here that doesn’t brim with wisdom. Ken is a sensei master of the heart, and he shows us how to live well, deeply, and fully. This is the book for this generation.
— Mark Buchanan, author of The Rest of God
Like a great physician, Ken Shigematsu diagnoses our primary problem: striving to achieve in order to feel valued. This book will not only help your soul survive, it will allow it to thrive.
— James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God
Ken gently instructs us in life-changing ways to stay intimately connected to God’s love, grace, and peace. I will keep this beautiful and important book on my bedside table forever.
— Suzy Welch, New York Times bestselling author of 10-10-10 and CNBC correspondent

About the Author


 
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Ken Shigematsu is the Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for Sony Corporation in Tokyo and draws on both eastern and western perspectives in writing and speaking. Ken’s first book, God in My Everything, was named Christian Living Book of the Year by the Word Guild and received honorable mention for the prestigious Grace Irwin Prize, Canada’s largest literary prize for Christian writers. He lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sakiko, and their son, Joey.