Book Study Group

“Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words”

by Brian McLaren

Christianity is in crisis. Many sincere Christians feel their traditional Christian practices are in danger of becoming irrelevant, empty rituals. In his previous book A New Kind of Christianity, Brian D. McLaren offered new biblical models for how we understand the central ideas of a faith that provides hope for restoring and reinvigorating the power of the gospels to transform us and our communities.  In Naked Spirituality, McLaren takes his prophetic work a step further by confronting how the lack of a simple, doable, durable spirituality undermines the very transformation God is calling us to undergo. As a result, our religious structures become tools to maintain the status quo and not catalysts for personal and social change. McLaren presents a four-stage framework for understanding the spiritual life, and he unfolds spiritual practices appropriate to each stage. Each practice is rooted in a simple word: here, thanks, O, sorry, help, please, when, no, why, behold, yes, and silence. Naked Spirituality offers accessible, practical wisdom for living a truly spiritual life. Staying true to Jesus's core message while engaging faithfully with our postmodern world, McLaren presents a proven spiritual program for engaging in and sustaining a meaningful relationship with God.


“Wise, easy to read, and practical.” (Fr. Richard Rohr, author of The Naked Now)

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Center for Progressive Renewal/Convergence, the Wild Goose Festival and the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group.

Schedule of Classes

January 10- Introduction, Spiritual Experience, “But I’m Spiritual,” and Twelve Simple Words- pg 1-21

January 17- Second Gathering, Simplicity and Here (Part 1 &2)- pg 22-48

January 24- Third Gathering, Thanks (Part 1 &2)- pg 49-62

February 31- Fourth Gathering, O (Part 1 &2)- pg 63-82

February 7- No Gathering

February 14- Fifth Gathering, Complexity and Sorry (Part 1 &2)- pg 83-102

February 21- Sixth Gathering, Help (Part 1 &2)- pg 103-122

February 28- Seventh Gathering, Please (Part 1 &2)- pg 123-140

March 7- Eighth Gathering, Perplexity and When (Part 1 &2)- pg 141-156

March 14- Ninth Gathering, No (Part 1 &2)- pg 157-168

March 21- Tenth Gathering, Why (Part 1 &2)- pg 169-186

March 28- Eleventh Gathering, Harmony and Behold (Part 1 &2)- pg 187-206

April 4- No Gathering

April 11- Twelfth Gathering, Yes (Part 1 &2)- pg 207-220

April 18th- Thirteenth and Last Gathering, […]- pg 221-238