Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words

Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words

by Brian D. McLaren

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Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words by Brian D. McLaren

“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.” —Marcus J. Borg, author of Speaking Christian

“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.” —Cynthia Bourgeault, author of Centering Prayer and The Wisdom Jesus

In the same way he revitalized our faith in A New Kind of Christianity, church leader Brian McLaren reinvigorates our approach to spiritual fulfillment in Naked Spirituality—by tearing down the old dogmatic practices that hamper our spiritual growth, and leading us toward the meaningful spiritual practices that can help transform our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061854026
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 553,526
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brian D. McLaren, hailed as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals by Time magazine, is an author, speaker, social justice activist, and pastor. McLaren's groundbreaking books include A New Kind of Christianity, A New Kind of Christian, Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, Finding Our Way Again, and Everything Must Change. 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.

Table of Contents

Preface v

Introduction 1

1 Spiritual Experiences and Spiritual Experience 5

2 "But I'm Spiritual" 13

3 Twelve Simple Words 21

Part I Simplicity: The Season of Spiritual Awakening 29

4 Here: Starting Right Now 31

5 Here: Naming the Mystery 39

6 Thanks: The Happiness of Appreciation 49

7 Thanks: Dayenu-Enough and More, and More 57

8 O: Practicing Jubilation 63

9 O: Not Just a Word-A Way of Life 73

Part II Complexity: The Season of Spiritual Strengthening 83

10 Sorry: Holier Than Myself? 87

11 Sorry: Unleashing Our Own Becoming 93

12 Help: Spiritual Jujitsu 103

13 Help: Tapping into the Current of Power 113

14 Please: At Least Two Hearts Care 123

15 Please: Bearing the Stretcher 131

Part III Perplexity: The Season of Spiritual Surviving 141

16 When: How Long Can I Last? 143

17 When: Survival Is Underrated 151

18 No: The Void Expands 157

19 No: Mad with God 163

20 Why: When You Have Come to Zero 169

21 Why: Holding the Question Open 179

Part IV Harmony: The Season of Spiritual Deepening 187

22 Behold: The Emergence of the Meditative Mind 191

23 Behold: Faith Beyond Belief 201

24 Yes: A Universal Spiritual Vocation 207

25 Yes: Do You Love Me? 213

26 […]: Naked, Clothed in Silence 221

27 […]: Full Circle 229

Afterword: The Sea Toward Which All Rivers Run 239

Appendix A Group Practice 241

Appendix B Body Prayers 245

Appendix C Twelve Simple Prayers 247

Notes 251

Acknowledgments 269

Reading and Discussion Guide 271

What People are Saying About This

Cynthia Bourgeault

“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.”

Marcus J. Borg

“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.”

Richard Rohr

“Wise, easy to read, and practical.”

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Naked Spirituality 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
tiffmalloy More than 1 year ago
This is not at all what I expected. This is my first official reading of a Brian McLaren title. I have read tidbits of different books here and there, but have mostly heard about his provocative writing through other people. Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words is good. And pastorly. And [fairly] uncontroversial. Basically he sets up (and revisits) some spiritual practices that can help us at different stages to really connect (stand naked before) God. McLaren writes this book as a way of addressing all people, but particularly to those who are self-described as "are spiritual, but not religious." He writes the book in 4 parts- as 4 stages that faith development typically moves through- and each part, I think, will grab different people because of where they are at with God. Parts I especially love: 1. He sets up his book by helping the reader see the need for spiritual practices (i.e. discipines, but don't worry, he doesn't use the word disciplines). He describes them as a way to stand naked before God- "doable habits or rhythms that transform us, rewiring our brains, restoring our inner ecology, renovating our inner architecture, expanding our capacities." He goes on. It's good stuff. 2. His chapter on worship. One thing he suggests is that it is not for God's good, but for our good, to engage in worship. You'll have to read the whole chapter ("O: Not Just a Word- A Way of Life) to find his whole line or reasoning ;) . 3. His writing. It's not technical or filled with Christian jargon (but it certainly includes its). McLaren writes really well- he uses imagery that actually makes me stop and think about the richness of the words. He writes in a way that makes me feel and experience God. I read a lot of Christian non-fiction. But I haven't came across many people in that genre who have the talent of McLaren to create space for God to work in a book. I do think that if you don't like McLaren's writing, you might not like this book because I'm sure you'll find things that will make you question his theology or intention (but you will have to take it out of context in order to do it). This book is very well-written.it's an easy read, but it's dense in terms of the places it takes you to in your own heart. Thanks, Ooze Viral Bloggers, for the free review copy!
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