Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words

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I've had my fill of superficial religiosity. But deep religion, authentic, naked spirituality, -- that's what I'm thirsty for, and so, I think, are you.

In our busy lives we often sideline prayer and spiritual practice, or wrap the subject up in a tangle of guilt-driven showmanship and 'self-motivation'. Stripping away the jargon that we can often get caught up in, NAKED SPIRITUALITY presents the core concepts of prayer in a fresh and accessible way.

Brian D. McLaren has spent years working with these concepts in his own life and shares candidly his own experiences and insights as well as challenge in this very applicable book.

Using twelve words as a structure, he shows how we can connect with God in practical, doable and durable ways, and use that connection to serve others.

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This is a quiet book, a deeply gentle and candid book, that is the distillate of a life-time of belonging to God. It is McLaren, in his maturity and at his pastoral best, singing a love-song of great intimacy and eternal beauty. ( Phyllis Tickle)

In our rapidly changing world, Brian McLaren has walked with a generation through the painful and necessary re-examination of the nature of Church and Christianity. This work reveals the struggles and depths of Brian's faith within that exploration, and invites us into a most profound and hopeful examination of our own. ( Jason Clark, Deep Church)

Medicine for the soul. NAKED SPIRITUALITY is filled with uncommon honesty. It is a tonic for all those who yearn for practical help with the development of rhythms of life - free from the stifling tyranny of legalism - that will foster a depth of Christ-centred spirituality. ( Steve Chalke, Founder, Oasis Global, Faithworks and Stop The Traffik)

This is one of Brian's greatest hits, and not just because it has the word "naked" in the title! It is a book that strips things down to the bare essentials, cutting through stale debates, old ideologies, and ethereal theology to unveil a simple love for God and neighbour that is worth devoting your life to. So forget the clutter. Stop suffocating in religion. Slow down from the hustle. Tune out the noise. Unplug from the world. And enjoy this simple little book about life with God - you will find something on these pages that will help you breathe again. ( Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and recovering sinner)

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Prayer and spiritual practice tackled in a raw and honest way and made simple and accessible for the reader to apply to their own life. Another inspiring and throught-provoking book from Brian D. McLaren, a leading voice in the emerging church movement.

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