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.