Sarah Bessey's Field Notes Book Club January 2019 Selection
Is self-care different from being selfish or self-indulgent? Is it the same as caring for your soul? And what does self-care look like in light of following Jesus, who called his followers to deny themselves?
In Four Gifts, pastor and author April Yamasaki addresses these and other questions about self-care. Drawing on the ancient scriptural command to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, Yamasaki helps readers think about the spiritual dimensions of attending to your own needs, setting priorities, and finding true rest in a fast-paced world. She weaves together personal stories, biblical and theological insights, questions for reflection, and practical ideas for self-care. Four Gifts helps readers sustain their spirits and balance competing demands. Feeling overwhelmed by the pace and stress of daily life? Find respite from superficial definitions of self-care and move toward deeper engagement with God.
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April Yamasaki is a pastor, speaker, and writer on spiritual growth and Christian living. A member of Redbud Writers Guild, she is the author of Sacred Pauses, and her work has appeared in Christian Century, Canadian Mennonite, and other venues. Yamasaki has more than twenty years' experience as a congregational pastor and leads workshops and Bible studies in denominational and other settings. Four Gifts is her fifteenth book. She and her husband, Gary, live in British Columbia.