Countdown: Today’s the day!

Thanks for following this countdown of quotes from my new book – available today.
I hope you’ll consider running out to your favorite bookstore and buying a copy, and maybe even an extra copy or two for friends and family members. Please know how grateful I am for and to my faithful readers!

Naked we came from the womb, Job said, and naked we shall depart this life, but in between, we clothe ourselves in a thousand fascinating ways. Think of the immense variety and meaning of clothing in human society – military uniforms, academic regalia, religious robes; clothing as status symbol, designer labels as the mark of belonging to an in-group, festive costumes to celebrate a holiday or season; a prom dress, a wedding gown, bikini, burka; white lab coat, faded blue jeans; bright green shirts or bold red jerseys to proclaim political protest or team loyalty. We all learn to speak verbal languages – English, Chinese, Spanish, and so on – but we all must become fluent in the finely nuanced languages of dress as well. If clothing means and expresses so much, then of course so does nakedness. (Brian D. McLaren, Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in Twelve Simple Words. HarperOne, 2011, Preface)