Naked Spirituality by Brian McLaren - ViralBloggers Book Review
Mr. McLaren and I have such an interesting relationship. I’ve read much of his work. Some of it I’ve loved and some of it I’ve hated. Some of it I’ve learned from and some of it I’m pretty sure left my brain in puddles on the floor - and I assure you it’s not because I was blown away… Yet I keep coming back to his work. The short is that I don’t care much for McLaren’s theology, but I appreciate his willingness to think and ask hard questions about what we believe and why we believe it as followers of Jesus.
Naked Spirituality is McLaren’s newest work, is something I was pleasantly pleased to say that I enjoyed. I found it extremely practical and while it does border on some mysticism it breathes new life into a liturgy that moves beyond religion and into real true spirituality in following Jesus. McLaren would call this true spirituality “de-ligion”. While I found this made up word a bit frustrating I was thankful for the clear picture of cutting ties with modern religious monotony.
McLaren moves the reader into twelve words/steps/patterns that he believes can bring us into a deeper walk with Jesus: he, thanks, o, sorry, hep, please, when, no, why, behold, yes, and “…”.
The twelve words are broken up into 4 “seasons” with 3 words in each. The our main seasons are simplicity (a season of spiritual awakening), complexity (a season of spiritual strengthening), perplexity (a season of spiritual surviving), and harmony (a season of spiritual deepening). These four main sections are metaphorically aligned with the seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter - respectively.
While I would encourage readers to proceed cautiously into any of McLaren’s work… I will say that this is book gives very practical advice into creating a lifestyle of worship in everything we do and say.
“The earth explodes, she cannot hold Him. And all therein is placed beneath Him. And death itself no longer reigns, it cannot keep the ones He gave Himself to save. And as the universe shatters, the darkness dissolves, He alone will be honored, we will bathe in his splendor as All Heads Bow Lower Still! All Heads Bow Lower Still!”—My Epic : Lower Still
“Beat in His face tear the skin off His back, lower still, lower still. Strip off His clothes make Him crawl through the streets, lower still, lower still. Hang Him like meat on a criminal’s tree, lower still, lower still. Bury His corpse in the Earth Ike a seed, like a seed, lower still…”—My Epic : Lower Still