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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (17 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340995459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340995457
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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, leading voice in the emerging church movement.

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I enjoyed reading Brian McLaren's "Naked Spirituality". I also enjoyed reading "A New Kind Of Christianity". Actually, the two books compliment each other. In "A New Kind Of Christianity" he shares his concepts of Christianity and Dogma and the need for change inorder to meet the challenges of the modern world. In "Naked Spirituality" he shares with us his spiritual consciousness and the ways he has changed through the years. He tells us of his high and low points in his spiritul experiences and how the ever changing realities of life has impacted his walk of faith. Although he uses 12 simple words to describe a life with God, he makes it crystal clear that it's not really so simple after all. These simple words that he uses are guideposts or road markers along the way that can help us get our bearings. He shows us that there are "seasons" in ones spiritual life, and each season has it's own unique atmosphere as it unfolds. In effect he is saying, you can't jump from Summer to Spring, you must pass first through Fall and Winter. Regarding our spiritual progression he says, "We must celebrate the rich heritage of our religious traditions, but those traditions are now the foundation on which we build ,not the ceiling under which we are trapped". As he speaks of listening as we wait before God, he says "Let God be God to You". I take that to mean, He is different in the way He expresses Himself to each of us, according to our individual needs and circumstances, as well as our capacities to understand. He also says "you are loved nakedly, and grace is the warm blanket that enfolds you" pg,232. Brian has done a great service to the church, and Christianity at large in the writing of this book. He has beared his heart to us, and I hope thousands of people read this book. Thurman L Faison, Author "To The Spiritually Inclined"
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I really enjoy Brian McClaren's writing style and this very personal book about developing a life of prayer in 12 simple words is absolutely excellent. Easy to read, thought-provoking, spiritually uplifting and intensely practical.... I highly recommend it and all his other works. Amazing how God can use people to help others grow in their discipleship!
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This is an amazing book! It is so easy to read compared to other books I have read which you can feel a bit bogged down with. Each word is covered in two chapters so you can either take a chapter a day or a word a day! The message is clear and one one which you wont forget if you go through the twelve simple words through the four seasons of spiritual growth. A brillant book to use for a small group or group devotionals over twelve weeks with hints at the back as to how to structure it. Defenitely a book I will keep coming back to as I try to apply those twelve words in prayer and in my life. Buy it now!!! You won't be disappointed!!
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Easily the most useful Christian book I've read. And I've read a lot. I guess it depends where you're at how helpful it is (though it's meant to work at any point ,being based on stages or a cycle of someone's dealings with god). For me, well for a couple of years I've been using a lectionary to pray (the Common prayer for ordinary radicals one - v popular as I guess I'm not the only one to feel the need) because I got to a point where I couldn't do it otherwise. Not that I didn't pray, or want to pray, just had a block when it came to the words. I suppose I'd got allergic to christian jargon, got fed up of pretending stuff, and really, what do you say? So old prayers, pictures worked, imagination, doing stuff like walking a labyrinth... But anyway this book turned out to be exactly right for giving a one-word hook for the stuff you need to do with God (spiritual disciplines). It offers a minimal, simple, clear structure to help negotiate something that's massively complicated and hard to understand, but without being at all formulaic or reductive. I really like his tentative-ness, being really clear that he doesn't have the answers but this might help. Any more certainty and I'd have stopped reading. it doesn't make you feel bad about not doing stuff, but kind of puts a name and a few useful words to what you are doing, or wanting to do, anyway. The first part, 'here' is awesome. I suppose I must be at a back-at-the-start stage of life because I've only really internalised the first three things (there are four 'stages' with three three things each) though I read the whole book. But those three things, or words, have become part of what do, really helped, so i'd say give this a try.
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I try to be very sparing with awarding five stars and only put very special books in that category. And I seek to be very specific as to the strengths of the book. So what are the attributes of the book that are so good?
* Practical. I bought the book not to know more about spirituality but to help me to try to engage better in prayer. As such the book proved to be very suitable. The author outlines a process and then begs that readers put the book down and put the exercise into practise rather than simply moving on to the next interesting issue.
* Simple. I have yet to meet anyone who believes they are an expert in prayer - we all need a simple guide. I found the structure based on 4 stages and 12 one word prayers to be accessible and logical. With some other books on prayer I have felt defeated before finishing the first chapter - here the material was put together in an easy to understand manner which gave me confidence that even I could embark on the mystery that is prayer.
* Depth. While it is simple in some ways in other ways it has tremendous depth. So having finished the book (which took several months) I have returned to the beginning to repeat the journey. I am finding that second time around I am progressing even more slowly as I feel better able to ponder and digest and put the suggestions into practice.
Some individuals have difficulties with some of Mclaren's theology. This need be no barrier to reading this book - as the focus is entirely on relating personally with God.
Mclaren expounds 4 seasons of spiritual maturing (Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity and Harmony). Others have described development in terms of : 1. Accepting Authority; 2. Questioning and finding one's own answers; 3. Mystical - relating with God. In these terms it is a valuable stage 3 book - but that said I believe it would be invaluable for anyone seeking to develop or deepen their spiritual life - I would highly recommend this book.
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