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.
A good read for people trying to understand sprituality, the frustrations and peace that comes along with it. And why it can be a roller coaster ride sometimes.Published 1 month ago by little_flower
McLaren always impresses me as having a "pastor's heart", and no less so in this book. He speaks of the various phases or stages of a life of faith pointing out the gift... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andy
In Naked Spirituality, McLaren presents a very practical, attainable approach to spiritual formation.Published 2 months ago by Cathy
Are you ready to be challenged to think differently? This book will stretch you and make you look at your faith differently. Dive in!Published 3 months ago by T. Helfrich
This book is Brian McLaren at his best. Easy to read, practical and encouraging. This is a great book on spiritual formation for anyone with a heart to grow in their walk with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by jay
Great book, one to have on your shelf, read slowly and contemplatively.Published 5 months ago by Rene Drake
McLaren develops four seasons of life along the lines of the seasons of the year, with one-word summaries that depict each element of each season. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edwin E. Keelen
Our book group is reading it chapter by chapter and is enjoying it.Published 7 months ago by Sally L. Babcock