Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words

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Harper Collins, Mar 15, 2011 - Religion - 288 pages
“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.

 

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Contents

Spiritual Experiences and Spiritual Experience
5
But Im Spiritual
13
Twelve Simple Words
21
Part I
29
Naming the Mystery
39
The Happiness of Appreciation
49
DayenuEnough and More and More
57
Practicing Jubilation
63
Bearing the Stretcher
131
Part III
141
Survival Is Underrated
151
The Void Expands
157
Mad with God
163
When You Have Come to Zero
169
Holding the Question Open
179
Part IV
187

Not Just a WordA Way of Life
73
Part II
83
Unleashing Our Own Becoming
93
Spiritual Jujitsu
103
Tapping into the Current of Power
113
At Least Two Hearts Care
123
Faith Beyond Belief
201
A Universal Spiritual Vocation
207
Do You Love Me?
213
Naked Clothed in Silence 221
221
Full Circle
229
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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.

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