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What We Talk About When We Talk About God Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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“[Bell is] one of the most influential Christian leaders in the country.” (The New Yorker)
“One of the country’s most influential... pastors.” (New York Times)
“Time and again, Bell challenges the reader to be open to surprise, mystery and all of the unanswerables contained within the ‘wide stream’ called Christianity.” (Christian Century)
“Behind Bell’s easy-to-read approach is a deeper sensibility, a heavier theological hand, than in any of Bell’s previous works. . . . This book will be a welcome breath of fresh air in a spiritual haze.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Twenty years from now, we may look back from a radically new evangelicalism and see Rob Bell at the center of the shift. . . . Bell has never been afraid to push the envelope on what we knowor think we knowabout God.” (Relevant Magazine)
“What We Talk About When We Talk About God challenges conventional notions of God as an otherworldly divine being set apart from humanity, opposed to science and insistent on a conservative interpretation of the Bible. Instead, Bell argues that God is more clearly perceived during moments like, well, surfing.” (Orange County Register)
“Rob Bell’s new book is good news for people who want nothing to do with religion. However, it may be even better news for those of us who are deeply committed to the faith but see that religion is way off track.” (Mennonite World Review)
“With a smattering of pop culture references and bits of humor, Bell makes an argument that will appeal to believers looking for more rational conversations about God. . . . Bell’s fans will find much to ponder and enjoy.” (Library Journal)
From the Back Cover
How God is described today strikes many as mean, primitive, backward, illogical, tribal, and at odds with the frontiers of science. At the same time, many intuitively feel a sense of reverence and awe in the world. Can we find a new way to talk about God?
Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Rob Bell does here for God what he did for heaven and hell in Love Wins: he shows how traditional ideas have grown stale and dysfunctional and reveals a new path for how to return vitality and vibrancy to how we understand God. Bell reveals how we got stuck, why culture resists certain ways of talking about God, and how we can reconnect with the God who is with us, for us, and ahead of us, pulling us forward into a better future—and ready to help us live life to the fullest.
Top Customer Reviews
It is very, very good.
But, sadly, it sure to be very, very controversial.
For example, Chapter One ("Hum") sets the stage:
"This book, then, is deeply, deeply personal for me. Much of what I've written here comes directly out of my own doubt, skepticism, and dark nights of the soul when I found myself questioning - to be honest - everything. . . what I experienced, over a long period of time, was a gradual awakening to a new perspective on God - specifically, the God Jesus talked about."
I can just see and hear Rob's critics now. "A new perspective on God," they'll say. "Why? The old perspective has worked just fine for thousands of years!"
Then, Rob reveals the purpose of his new book: "This is a book about seeing, about becoming more and more alive and aware, orienting ourselves around the God who I believe is the ground of our being, the electricity that lights up the whole house, the transcendent presence in our tastes, sights, and sensations of the depth and dimension and fullness of life, from joy to agony to everything else."
And then he shares the three words he considers the backbone of the book: With, For, Ahead.
"With...because I believe God is with us because I believe that all of us are already experiencing the presence of God in countless ways every single day."
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This is the question I ask myself whenever I pick up a Rob Bell book.
Imagine the original book proposal sent to his editor at HarperOne. Did it sound like this?
I would like to publish anther book with you now that I've moved out to L.A. That last one just went viral, didn't it?! Anyway, tell me what you think. Nothing high tech or fancy on this one. All text in the book will be 14 point font san serif, with big margins. Use that pulpy paper I like. Instead of indented paragraphs we'll just drop a line like most blogs I'm reading recently. The full text of the book will be about the same length as a long piece in The New Yorker.
The book is about God, and it won't have any big words at all, or fancy terminology... until it does, like when I use the German word Grenzbegriff in one chapter, and then the mostly untranslatable Hebrew term kavod in another chapter. But no one will notice, because I will have won them over with my simple and approachable breathless language (you know, like the way I talk in all of those Nooma videos).
All kinds of people want to talk about God. They really do. This book will sell. It will also make a difference in people's lives. Here's my outline for the book, kind of like the table of contents.
It will be
These are the words that will shape how I talk about God in this book.
Now that's what I'm talking about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am already anxious to finish this book. I was able to read the first 20 or so pages last night and can't wait to read more! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a fantastic book. Rob Bell is a good writer -- he knows how to tackle the big subjects by explaining them simply and in a manner that's fun. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mystufff
This is my very favorite Bell book. I read it about 6 months ago, and it absolutely changed my life! Read morePublished 1 month ago by PHFarms
Rob Bell has an incredible way with words. He is hilarious and real and has the ability to connect with the reader with ease. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kate C
It's refreshing to hear someone from the church publicly asking questions that most people in the church aren't willing to ask.Published 1 month ago by A Family Effort