From Publishers Weekly
Bell raises the bar with this evocative follow-up to last year's bestseller Velvet Elvis
. "Is sex a picture of heaven?" he wonders. It's all about God and sex and heaven, he says: "...they're connected. And they can't be separated. Where the one is you will always find the other." Bell's book isn't a sex manual, an exploration of the differences between men and women or a marriage how-to, though all of that is here. Instead, it's the story of God becoming human, of humans mirroring God and love made manifest in the chaos of our humanity. Sex God
is about relationships revealed in a way that elevates the human condition and offers hope to those whose relationships are wounded. In Bell's spare, somewhat oblique style, he addresses lust, respect, denial, risk, acceptance and more. His love for God and the Bible is clear, as is his ability to ask probing questions and offer answers that make readers think deeply about their own lives. He does a fine job using the Bible and real life to show that our physical relationships are really about spiritual relationships. This book joyfully ties, and then tightens, the knot between God and humankind. (Mar.)
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“The story of God becoming human, of humans mirroring God and love made manifest in the chaos of our humanity. This book joyfully ties, and then tightens, the knot between God and humankind.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“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)
“Rob Bell is one of the hottest names in contemporary evangelical life.” (Boston Globe)
“While most books about sex for dating Christians begin and end with ‘don’t,’ Bell outlines the bigger picture of human relationships and what they can teach us about God’s character.” (Christianity Today)
“Sex and spirituality are siblings who have a lot to say in this paperback about marriage, agape, intimacy, shared partnership, and the ‘light [that] shows how things really are.’” (Spirituality and Practice)