Rick Hicks International Consultant for Operation Mobilization I first started reading Will Hathaway's book, Naked out of a commitment to write an endorsement. It wasn't an obligation I was looking forward to, due to a very busy schedule and a long list of other books to read. But, once I got into the book, or should I say, the book got into me, I was captivated by its engaging and transforming perspective of God's Word. Due to Hathaway's creative and inspiring style of writing I was quickly challenged to reassess some of my fundamental assumptions about God's Word. His description of authenticity, shame, and love shed a whole new light on how we relate to believers and nonbelievers alike. While reading Naked I kept thinking of friends who I wanted to give this book to. Then it hit me-these concepts are for me to deal with first, and then I'll see about sending it to my friends. Doug Momary Creative Director, Laguna Productions Las Vegas, Nevada www.lagunaproductions.net If you want a different perspective on what it means to truly love unconditionally, truly be involved in another person's life, and truly become "Christ-like", I highly recommend this novel by Will Hathaway. Filled with insights and revelations about the current state of Christianity and what we as believers can do to bring the church back to its basic foundation, this book will make you think. Mike Atkinson, Creator of Mikey's Funnies www.MikeysFunnies.com Will's engaging storytelling will draw you in with humor, surprise, and challenge-both entertaining and stretching. And his perspective as a cop and pastor informs a unique reading experience that will stay with you for quite a while. Reverend Vernon Lintvedt, Pastor Blessed Savior Lutheran Church, O'Fallon, Illinois Naked, like a C.S. Lewis story, is filled with practical theology that invites reflection about the Imago Dei and its impact on our relationship to every person in our world. The image of God should be the uniting factor in humanity, yet we are separated by the clothing of culture, appearance, sex, intellect, talents, and disabilities. The "take home" for me from this book was: We share the image of God from one Creator, no matter how distorted that image is due to sin's effect. There was a resonance in my spirit with the main character in this story. Like him, I desire to strip off my shame so that God's Image may be restored as it once was in the garden at the dawn of human existence. A thought-provoking read! Dennis V. Harrison Chief of Police (Ret.), Ft. Collins, CO Naked challenges you to ask, "Am I really seeing what God wanted for His creation or just accepting what is on the surface?" The book will ask you to accept, love, and expose the genuine you. Just like in police work, what is on the surface is rarely the totality of the story. This is a quick and easy read that will move us down the road to finding how a loving Father has really blessed us! A must for us and those we love.
The human being is the only creature on Earth made in the image of God, yet the human is also the only creature on Earth to find shame in natural aspects of its own existence.
Follow along as a young man learns a deeper meaning of Life, Love, and Spiritual Purpose, through his friendship with an elderly mentor caring for his sick wife.
How did we go from being made in God's image "naked and not ashamed" to finding shame in that same image?
Was that fateful decision in the Garden of Eden a simple act of disobedience? Or was it more than that? And would understanding what really happened unlock the doors leading to a greater understanding of our lives today, our purpose, of the significance of Christ and salvation?