A new book out from Gareth Brandt – Spirituality with Clothes On: Examining What Makes Us Who We Are (pub. Jan. 2015). It strikes me as a helpful holistic introduction to spirituality, one that locates our formation in the stuff of everyday life; in the stuff of what makes us human. Brandt was the author of 2009 publication: Under Construction: Reframing Men's Spirituality.
“There is no such thing as a naked spirituality. Our spirituality is always shaped by the clothes of our experience. The quest of Spirituality with Clothes On is to acknowledge that we do wear clothes; and, by examining them, we begin to understand ourselves and accept others who are wearing different outfits. We are what we wear: we cannot separate ourselves from our gender, personality, developmental stage, family, historical background, culture, or the difficult experiences of our lives. We need to acknowledge all these things, reflect on them-and sometimes even embrace them--in order to truly become ourselves.”
Canadian blogging friend Len Hjalmarson endorses the book as follows:
''This tour through the frameworks and forces that make us who we are, 'clothed in Christ' but also in the garments of family and culture, enables us to locate ourselves in a deeper way. Since knowing God and knowing self are interwined, Gareth Brandt invites us into a richly textured life of discipleship, a life that is colored by the complex threads that interweave a life in this world.''
--Len Hjalmarson, Adjunct Professor, George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Portland, OR.