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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062197282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062197283
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bell is at the forefront of a rethinking of Christianity in America.” (Time magazine)

“One of the country’s most influential evangelical pastors.” (New York Times)

“Drops Like Stars is an exciting new direction for the prolific pastor.” (Relevant Magazine)

“Rob Bell is one of the hottest names in contemporary evangelical life.” (Boston Globe)

“One of the nation’s rock-star-popular young pastors.” (USA Today)

“Bell weaves inspiring stories of people who turned their suffering into something transformative, and many of these stories are memorable.” (Publishers Weekly)

“In this spunky little book filled with photographs… Bell looks at the suffering, pain, and loss that often knock the wind out of us and threaten to destroy our hope for the future.” (Spirituality and Practice)

From the Back Cover

When we encounter pain and suffering, our lives are disrupted. Our normal paths and expectations come to a halt. Suffering forces us to take a new path, to create new expectations. In Drops Like Stars, Bell shows us how art does the same thing; it disrupts us, forces us to see the world differently and to forge new expectations. How will we reimagine suffering when we realize that God sees our lives as works of art?

Customer Reviews

It makes you think.
aaron
Again, I reiterate, Bell is consistently the best example of a christian leader who respects and uses design as a critical part of what he does.
B. Weeks
This book was a short, quick read but it was so thought provoking!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dubious Disciple on November 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Here's a short little booklet you can read over your lunch hour. Rob Bell, the controversial emergent mega-church pastor and best-selling author of Love Wins, tackles the subject of grief.

Bell is a minister, but doesn't turn this into a book about God. It's not tough love and it's not sappy sentiment. Just words to think about and draw inspiration from.

If you're thinking about buying this as a gift book, I wouldn't say that it's appropriate for the deep-in-grief stage, but rather the help-me-stand-up-again stage. As Bell says, he's less concerned about the "why this?" than the "what now?"

Never heard Bell preach, but I'm sure beginning to like him as a person. I guess that's the important thing for a good spiritual adviser.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Cypher on December 26, 2012
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I'd never read any of Bell's work before this one, but now find myself inspired to read more.

The writing was clear, served in little helpings about this subject and that, and eventually wrapped back around to where it began.

The ideas he wrote about were made fascinating by his take on how things work with regard to creativity and suffering.

Not preachy at all, in fact, very few mentions of how the subjects connected with God.

Fast read. I'll probably read it again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By New Englander on November 22, 2012
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Rob Bell has done another incredible job of bringing the Scriptures to life for the modern day. My only complaint, if you cn call it that, is that the book is far too short. More please!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cy on May 12, 2013
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I actually attended Rob's Drops Like Stars tour event back in 2011. When I saw the book was on sale, I jumped for a chance to dive back in to the subject matter.

To be sure, the age old question of why an all-powerful, loving God would allow the kind of suffering we see in human existence is a tricky one, often talked about but rarely answered. Rob doesn't exactly answer the question, but he sure does give us a whole new way of looking at it.

I suppose my only disappointment was the length of the book. I bought it thinking I could spend a week or so working through it, in the depth that it was covered during his tour, but instead I read it in 30 minutes before bed. A nice refresher, but I definitely wouldn't spend the regular retail price on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shar Fitzpatrick on July 9, 2013
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I purchased this book for a friend to encourage him. It was perfect, short and sweet, artistic, creative (I read it first!). I cried in places and enjoyed the quick read. I didn't see it as grief relief, but more of the encouragement a discouraged artist needs. Great gift!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Muriel on June 28, 2013
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This book is small and has lots of pictures which makes it easy to read and I enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book about suffering or art or both or just a new perspective about certain aspects in life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlyn :) on October 5, 2012
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I bought this book after it being recommended to me by friends as well as amazon. But after I saw it in twloha's shop I had to buy it. Despite it being short, it was amazing. The words flowed elegantly along. Providing hope within each one. For sure a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ndnhalfbreed on July 14, 2013
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I have not really ever experienced great tragedy nor am I particularly creative. But I have experienced life and I know the realities within this book apply to us all.
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More About the Author

Rob Bell is a bestselling author, international teacher, and highly sought after public speaker. His books include The New York Times bestseller Love Wins, along with Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. At age 28 he founded Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, and under his leadership it was one of the fastest-growing churches in America. In 2011 he was profiled inTime Magazine as one of the 100 most inuential people. Rob is also the featured speaker in a series of spiritual short lms called NOOMA. Currently, he is working with former LOST producer Carlton Cuse on a television series and will be releasing a new book in 2013. He and his wife Kristen have three children and live in Los Angeles.

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