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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2012
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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.
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 of Christianity, 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.
“A rich, brilliant and important book: wonderfully readable and personal, filled with insight and wisdom, it invites us into practices that can transform our lives.”
“Brian McLaren is a bridge builder. In these simple yet profound spiritual practices he perfectly marries his evangelical heart and contemplative soul, and we are all richer for the union.”
“McLaren’s trademark persuasiveness is put to good effect as he continues to shatter paradigms for spiritual seekers.”
“Anyone wanting to conserve the spiritual spark in themselves will find this book a gentle and generous tract.”
“These stories are honest and kind and good... they illustrated the life of a real and raw experience of God and the human responses we offer.... This guidebook to simple words for a not so simple spirituality is an incredible gift, a true asset to us, bread for the journey.”
“McLaren both charts an arc of the spiritual life and suggests practices to nurture [it]. . . . McLaren deserves endless thanks for reminding us that estrangement and no do not represent a breakdown of the spiritual life. . . . Naked Spirituality is very astute.”
LifeVerseGender: male1 Stars Out Of 5A sad example of "spirituality lite"June 14, 2013LifeVerseGender: maleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Our church's youth leader passed this along to me, as he is a huge fan of MacLaren. I can't share his enthusiasm for this book, however, as it is a textbook case of "post-Christian" Christianity, so extremely shallow in its "spirituality" that I'm not sure even Oprah Winfrey's audience would find it appealing. McLaren was formerly an evangelical and apparently has some sort of appeal to other ex-evangelicals, who claim to have been "hurt by the church," which apparently means "the church isn't tailoring its moral teachings to fit the secular world." This is truly a toxic book, one that could do a great deal of spiritual harm.
Joe5 Stars Out Of 5Great and challenging readDecember 28, 2012JoeQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4You may not agree with everything McLaren says, but you will find it thoroughly biblical and challenging. Studied the book with a group of friends and the conversations were always engaging - it takes you to a place where you must choose to either follow Jesus at a deeper level or find yourself content with the same old same old.
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