Spirituality with Clothes On: Examining What Makes Us Who We Are

Spirituality with Clothes On: Examining What Makes Us Who We Are

by Gareth Brandt, Marlene Kropf

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Spirituality with Clothes On: Examining What Makes Us Who We Are by Gareth Brandt, Marlene Kropf

There is no such thing as a naked spirituality. Our spirituality is always shaped by the clothes of our experience. The quest of Spirituality with Clothes On is to acknowledge that we do wear clothes; and, by examining them, we begin to understand ourselves and accept others who are wearing different outfits. We are what we wear: we cannot separate ourselves from our gender, personality, developmental stage, family, historical background, culture, or the difficult experiences of our lives. We need to acknowledge all these things, reflect on them--and sometimes even embrace them--in order to truly become ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498200219
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Gareth Brandt cycles to work in Abbotsford, BC, where he teaches Practical Theology at Columbia Bible College. He is the author of Under Construction: Reframing Men's Spirituality (2009) as well as numerous articles, poems, and essays. Gareth is married to Cynthia and their family includes three sons, a daughter, and a daughter-in-law. He is passionate about helping people discover, articulate, and develop their personal spirituality.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Marlene Kropf xi

Introduction: We Are What We Wear 1

1 The Naked Self: Where Spiritual Formation Begins 7

2 Labels: The Language of Spiritual Formation 16

3 Divine Threads: Developing a Biblical Theology of Spiritual Formation 26

4 Pink and Blue: Are Men and Women Different Spiritually? 35

5 Wear Your Colors: Personality and Spirituality 44

6 Seasonal Attire: The Spirituality of Life's Stages 56

7 Hand Me Downs: Family Systems and Faith 72

8 Period Costumes: The Influence of Historical Movements 84

9 The Latest Fashion; Spirituality in a Changing Culture 96

10 Logo Wear: Economic Spirituality in a Culture of Consumerism 106

11 Torn Jeans: Facing Our Own Woundedness 116

12 Getting Dressed: Putting on the Christian Clothes 128

Appendix 1 Enneagram Discernment Tool 141

Appendix 2 Family Systems Discernment Tool 145

Appendix 3 A Letter from Nelleken Jasper 147

Bibliography 151

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