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Naked Spirituality : A Life With God in 12 Simple Words

Posted on 13 June 2013 Gavin Glenn

The 12 Essential Words for Living with God

Christianity is in crisis. Many sincere Christians feel their traditional Christian practices are in danger of becoming irrelevant, empty rituals. In his previous book A New Kind of Christianity, Brian D. McLaren offered new biblical models for how we understand the central ideas of a faith that provides hope for restoring and reinvigorating the power of the gospels to transform us and our communities.

In Naked Spirituality, McLaren takes his prophetic work a step further by confronting how the lack of a simple, doable, durable spirituality undermines the very transformation God is calling us to undergo. As a result, our religious structures become tools to maintain the status quo and not catalysts for personal and social change. McLaren presents a four-stage framework for understanding the spiritual life, and he unfolds spiritual practices appropriate to each stage. Each practice is rooted in a simple word: here, thanks, O, sorry, help, please, when, no, why, behold, yes, and silence. Naked Spirituality offers accessible, practical wisdom for living a truly spiritual life. Staying true to Jesus's core message while engaging faithfully with our postmodern world, McLaren presents a proven spiritual program for engaging in and sustaining a meaningful relationship with God.


“This is one of Brian's greatest hits, and not just because it has the word "naked" in the title! It is a book that strips things down to the bare essentials, cutting through stale debates, old ideologies, and ethereal theology to unveil a simple love for God and neighbour that is worth devoting your life to. So forget the clutter. Stop suffocating in religion. Slow down from the hustle. Tune out the noise. Unplug from the world. And enjoy this simple little book about life with God - you will find something on these pages that will help you breathe again.”

-Shane Claiborne,
author of The Irrisistible Revolution


“McLaren continues to shatter paradigms for spiritual seekers.”

-Library Journal (starred review)


“[I] was absolutely hooked from the first page … found it to be one of the most stimulating books on spiritual formation I have read in ages.”

-Hearts and Minds Books


“Wise, easy to read, and practical.”

-Father Richard Rohr,
author of Falling Upward


"A rich, brilliant, and important book."

-Marcus J. Borg,
author of Speaking Christian


Brian D. McLaren. hailed as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals by Time magazine, is a speaker. social justice activist, pastor. and the author of A New Kind ofChristianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, A New Kind of•Christian, and The Secret Message of Jesus, McLaren has appeared on Nightline and Larry King Live, and his work has been covered in The Washington Post, the New York Times, Christianity Today, and many other publications. McLaren and his wife, Grace. live in Florida and have four adult children.

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