Brian McLaren—author, pastor, speaker and statesman of the Emergent
movement—compels readers to drop all pretenses of religion in Naked Spirituality: A Life With God in 12
Simple Words. This book endeavors to strip down one’s relationship with God
until there is only a love for Him and one’s neighbors remaining.
To guide readers in doing this, McLaren uses 12 words—such
as No, Yes and Sorry—that have helped remind him of the various “doable and
durable” spiritual disciplines he has used in various stages of his life.
Readers may identify with the trajectory of McLaren’s story as he journeys from
an initial simplicity of belief through the confusion that can come from life
in the contemporary church to eventual harmony.
element in this book is its ambiguity of language in the introductory chapters,
which may leave some readers confused as to whether or not McLaren believes
that adherents of all world religions worship the same God.
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