A profoundly moving account in which the reader accompanies the author on an internal journey of catharsis. The process moves through a number of stages in which the narrator is gradually stripped of what he comes to see as false religious identities.
Told in a deceptively readable and simple way, we are taken to unexpected depths and the need to face difficult questions. This is not a ‘comfort’ book for spiritual reading; nor, by the same token, does it offer any facile ‘return to the fold’ rhetoric to those whose relationship with their faith, or their church, is outside the comfort zone. It will, however, give them a hand to hold. They are not out there alone.
“This book did what I had hoped ‘The Alchemist’ would have and more. A story of a man stripped down and finding his true Self…. If you found this book, it might help in not feeling so alone.” (LM – US Reader)
“It is exquisitely written and I was struck by the beauty of the language, the descriptive detailing and the quality of the story telling.” (DC – UK Reader)
“I was gripped and finished the book in two days, despite the continued moments of reflection it forces the reader to think about.” (GB – UK Reader)
This book did what I had hoped ‘The Alchemist’ would have and more.
A story of a man stripped down and finding his true Self, the text echoes this poetically in style as well. A poetic dialogue peppered with scenic descriptions where it fits the mood, the text itself is naked and cuts through to the bone. There’s no fancy language just for the sake of it. As a walk through the Dark Night of the Soul, it speaks to the traveller while shrouded in the mystery of the experience.
If you found this book, it might help in not feeling so alone.
This is a hugely impressive piece of creative writing on so many levels. It is exquisitely written and I was struck by the beauty of the language, the descriptive detailing and the quality of the story telling. The narrative is interspersed with some lovely poetic touches and this gives the book a really personal and moving dimension. The intellectualism contained within its pages is notable too and so it should appeal to a range of readers – the academic, the curious, those searching. I read it, appropriately, as lock-down was coming to an end and I feel that the author’s journey will resonate deeply with his readers – so would recommend it to anyone.
An engaging journey from someone entrenched early on, and deeply, in the Christian faith.
Well written, in a personal, conversational style. It tells the story of someone struggling to come to terms with the organized faith of his past, leading to a kind of personal epiphany, which I would imagine would resonate with many like myself, who are somewhat perplexed by the way doctrines of Christianity are portrayed in the traditional sense.
It follows the internal battles and conversations that are undertaken as he wrestles with the past, reasons for his faith, and the subsequent contradictions placed before him.
I was gripped and finished the book in two days, despite the continued moments of reflection it forces the reader to think about.
Here’s a snippet from a review by one of the earliest readers:
“The Naked Mystic is not for the faint of heart, but it is for those of us looking for guidance through this labyrinth we call life. A beautiful story of a man’s journey into, and out of, the darkest corners of his mental struggle to know God. For anyone who believes the bible is the beginning and the end of spiritual understanding — this book is for you. For anyone who questions the role of institutions in the world of God — this book is for you. For anyone who struggles with loneliness and fear — this book is for you. A story about the end of stories. While intimate and particular to one man’s struggle, it remains extraordinarily relatable and helpful — Woven in such a way that helps us understand the bible in a way that helps us understand our Self. In these times of widespread fearmongering and quarantine, The Naked Mystic offers us a guide to being okay with being alone. No doubt, The Naked Mystic is a spiritual autobiography worthy of the name.” ~B.R.