God is bigger than we think and cannot be put in a box. Christian saints and mystics saw God in and through all things; yet, modern Christians are afraid to venture beyond non-traditional disciplines and conceptions in their search for God. As Eastern exercises, such as yoga, have become popular in the West, they have been recognized as meaningful means of Christian spiritual growth. This book shows that a Japanese martial art, aikido, can also be a path to God. Drawing upon his experience in aikido and in ministry, as well as training in theology, the author shows how selected principles parallel and are congruent with the Christian message. Each chapter ends with a prayerful reflection for practical application in Christian life.
As martial arts have gained in popularity, they have been associated with their Eastern origins and identified with Eastern philosophies and religions. This book shows that beyond kicks, punches and throws, they can be a path to God and an aid in Christian spiritual growth. Drawing upon his experience in aikido, a Japanese martial art, and training in theology, the author shows how selected principles parallel and are congruent with the Christian message, with each section ending with a prayerful reflection for practical application in our Christian lives.
Aikido is not only a martial art but incorporates philosophical and spiritual insights that can be applied in everyday life. This book use selected aikido concepts as a reflection on modern living, showing how these concepts can be effectively applied for meaningful, successful living.