Book Brahmin: Brian McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, theologian, activist and networker. He's written or co-written more than a dozen books, and his writing and speaking cover a range of topics. Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words will be published on March 15, 2011 (HarperOne); it describes a dozen spiritual disciplines that facilitate a "naked" life with God and others. He and his wife, Grace, live in Florida and have four adult children.

On your nightstand now:

Thank God for Evolution by Michael Dowd; Anatheism by Richard Kearney; The God Who Is Here by Peter Traben Haas; Shame by Gregg Garrett.

Favorite book when you were a child:

I was a big fan of all the Borrowers books by Mary Norton. Then there was Rascal by Sterling North.

Your top five authors:

Walker Percy, Wendell Berry, Orson Scott Card, Mary Oliver, Paul Tournier.

Book you've faked reading:

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

Book you're an evangelist for:

The Adventure of Living by Paul Tournier.

Book you've bought for the cover:

Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall.

Book that changed your life:

The Message in the Bottle by Walker Percy.

Favorite line from a book:

"Lucky is the man who does not secretly believe that every possibility is open to him."--Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.


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