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How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living Paperback – February 28, 2017
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“Bell has an uncanny ability to sneak beautiful truths past the bodyguards of our hearts and wake us up to more inspired, vibrant and complete lives. Every single part of How to Be Here is profound and inspiring (except for the blank pages; those did very little for me).” (Pete Holmes, star of the HBO comedy Crashing)
“While reading this book, you get this crazy feeling that the matrix is being revealed, as infinite possibilities for your life start unfolding before your eyes. And all this miraculousness and excitement happens without a trace of darkness or danger; here is a wild journey that you can actually trust.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic)
“Listing all the ways in which Rob has positively impacted my life would take up too much space; so I’ll simply say that he has inspired me to live life with a deeper level of appreciation and to love people with a greater awareness of our connectivity.” (Aaron Rogers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers)
“Bell will be joined by the likes of Brian McLaren, James Martin, Diana Butler Bass and Carol Howard Merritt.” (Christianity Today)
“Forever grateful for the brilliant mind, boundless heart and fierce faith of Rob Bell. His work convinced me that it was possible--maybe necessary and thrilling--to be a person of both faith and intellect. . . . Please read everything Rob’s ever written and then go see him live.” (Glennon Doyle Melton, author of Carry On, Warrior)
“This book lays out concrete steps we can use to define and follow our dreams. Bell interweaves engaging stories, lessons and biblical figures, insights gleaned from his personal experience, and practical advice.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Bell continues to share pastoral wisdom . . . incorporating personal stories of struggle as well as those of key figures in the Bible, Bell also addresses how to identify and pursue your passions. The book encourages people to take the initial step towards joy and empowerment.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Because he’s Rob Bell, he packed How to Be Here with plenty of inspiration and provocation for his readers to follow suit.” (Relevant Magazine)
“If you want to start living a life that you create with intention, instead of falling out of bed only to fall back into it, this book is for you. I can’t offer a higher recommendation. This work changed my life, and I believe it can change yours too.” (Mike McHargue (aka Science Mike))
“Engaging, accessible, and engrossing.” (Englewood Review of Books)
About the Author
Rob Bell is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and spiritual teacher. His books include Love Wins, How to Be Here, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, Velvet Elvis, The Zimzum of Love, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. He hosts the weekly podcast The Robcast, which was named by iTunes as one of the best of 2015. He was profiled in The New Yorker and in TIME Magazine as one of 2011’s hundred most influential people. He and his wife, Kristen, have three children and live in Los Angeles.
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If you play if safe instead of taking the big risk because of white-knuckled fear, this book is for you.
If you want to start living a life that you create with intention, instead of falling out of bed only to fall back into it, this book is for you.
I was disappointed.
Yes, there were many profound insights, some well-written chapters and lots of practical application. But it wasn't the Rob I knew and loved as much as the reinvented West Coast Oprahfied version. I had been listening to the Robcast since it started and witnessed this transformation firsthand, yet thought that surely his writing would be deeper, more profound, asking all the right questions and resonating with the core of my being.
Yet, it wasn't a write-off. I read the whole book in three sittings. I enjoyed the stories from Bell;s life, the way he shared his evolution from Midwest Pastor to Californian Self-help Guru. It's been quite a journey. I appreciated the central theme of the book of self-awareness (I'm a long-time admirer of the philosophy behind numerous self-help apostles). I just wasn't expecting this type of book from Rob Bell.
I loved Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars, and thought Love Wins was a pivotal book in the evolution of American Evangelical thought. I guess Rob is appealing to a wider, more secularised audience now. His style is simpler, easier to read, with the occasional quote-worthy paragraph. It's just not what I was expecting, nor what I was looking for.
Who it IS for: those who haven't had a church upbringing, who appreciate and want to explore spirituality further, and who are looking for advice in how to live in the rat-race yet retain their sanity and the wonder at lit heir amazing life. For you, How to be Here is definitely not a waste of money.
The experiences weren't that long so you just got a little insight before being led into another person's journey.
Thanks, Mr. Bell.