Hello, my name is April Yamasaki, and this website serves as a creative space for my writing and for me to connect with readers. The tagline, Writing and Other Acts of Faith, comes from author E.B. White, who once wrote,”Writing is an act of faith, not of grammar.”
For all of us, acts of faith are part of being human–even if you don’t think of yourself as religious, even if faith seems like a foreign country to you. We all take leaps that we can’t explain, we all sense the unseen beyond what we see, if not in writing or worship and prayer, then in nature, art, music, the eyes of a lover or a child. We have eternity in our hearts as an ancient preacher once noted (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
What you’ll find here
My homepage features weekly articles on everyday acts of faith, like:
- choosing faith instead of worry,
- finding a healthy rhythm of work and rest,
- loving what you do and loving your neighbour at the same time,
- where to find hope when you’re sick of death,
- and other faith-focused and writing-related articles.
As I share some of my experiences, what I’m reading, and what I’m writing, I offer encouragement for your own acts of faith and journey through life. At the end of each article, there’s also a question or two to prompt your own writing or personal reflection, plus an opportunity to leave a comment, so we can encourage one another.
. . . and when
I post a new article every Monday morning, and am happy to email it to you. To read at your own pace without missing anything, just click on the button below:
As a bonus, you’ll also receive a link to download a free copy of my Sacred Pauses Study Guide and Scripture Index, which is a companion piece to Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal.
If you’re new here, please check out the links below to a few of my favourite posts. Thank you for stopping by!
Some of my favourite articles
Writing and Other Acts of Faith – for more on the title, tagline, and focus of my website.
Authors in the House: Husband and Wife and How We Write – I’m married to Gary, my love and still my best friend from high school, who also shares my passion for writing. He teaches at Columbia Bible College, where I also taught English composition and Bible before being called into pastoral ministry.
My 22 Best Practices in 22 Years of Pastoral Ministry – Yes, I’ve been pastoring in the same congregation for 22 years! In this article, I share my best practices for thriving in ministry.
Life is Busy ~ Discover Sacred Pauses – The book trailer for my Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal (available from Herald Press, CommonWord, or your favourite local or online bookstore).
I envy those who have April Yamasaki as their pastor,
but this book widens her ministry;
she now becomes a wise spiritual director to many readers.
– Arthur Boers
author of Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions
associate professor, R.J.Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership, Tyndale University and College