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.
I have a very specific use for this material in a workshop I present. The author's views and experiences confirm my own and provide helpful language to express these views and... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Arizona 2002
Thoughtful analysis simplifying our understanding of spiritualityPublished 1 month ago by Supersenior
rethinking past claims and looking forward to a new and exciting journey.Published 2 months ago by dorothy stinchcomb
This book is being used as the basis of a twelve week study by my church, including each week's sermon being based, in part, on the word for that week. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard
I found this book to be eye opening and one I can refer to time and time again not only for my own spiritual growth and awareness but as a tool to help others become aware of their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathleen A. Afflerbach
How to avoid all organized religions and go straight to God!
Or, how to improve your church / denomination to get to God.
"Naked Spirituality" arrived in excellent condition. I have read several chapters, and have found it to be an easy and meaningful read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shirley Aman
This is an easy read with much insightful helping suggestions. As a group, we haven't had our first meeting to discuss our thoughts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Irene Harrison
The insights shared in this book are not commonly shared or known, but have assisted me in understanding the stages or seasons on my own journey with God. What a blessing!Published 4 months ago by Scott Shy