"I've written this book because there's a growing sense that when it comes to God, we're at the end of one era and the start of another, an entire mode of understanding and talking about God is dying as something new is being birthed." - from What We Talk About When We Talk About God
How God is described today strikes many as mean, primitive, backwards, 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 best-selling author Rob Bell 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.
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Rob's style is very conversational. I feel he is sitting right there next to me explaining all this to me, personally. He doesn't speak down to me, but he does talk about some very complex things in a way that I get it.
I love how filled with hope his message is. How he explains that God is bigger than anything we imagined. He focuses on what is essential, but doesn't shy away from the things that have been obstacles. Rob talks from his heart, but it is filled with knowledge and reason, too. What he says really makes sense. I get it. I understand it.
His conversational style. Understandable.
Yes, and I almost made it.
This is a book for everyone that is willing to be open to the possibility that God really is bigger, more loving, more forgiving than any of us every imagined.
I like the way Bell used common, everyday language and humor to discuss a very spiritual topic. It was an enjoyable and enlightening read. It is the kind of book you can recommend to all of your friends regardless of where they fall in the gamut of beliefs. He is very good about not trying to alienate anyone and to respect everyone's beliefs.
Rob Bell is one of those folks that people either like or dislike, few fall into the middle. I seem to be one of those few (not sure if that is good or bad). In this book Rob offers a fairly clear and well thought our manner in ways people should talk about God and points out the good and bad of aspects of those people who tend to the extremes when talking about God.
Rob properly points out that we CAN'T know everything about God and His creation (yes, I am a conservative Christian) and shows how folks tend to get carried away in claiming somethings are clearly true when they can't be absolutely verified. Conversely he also points out that there are things which can be verified and even for those things that can't be, they can still be clearly deduced from what we see in the world today. He also does this when talking about the things science claims are true and verifiable (there are many things which are claimed but not verifiable as well).
One nice thing about this book is that Rob (as a departure from other books of his that I have read) tries to stay away from talking about theology and only wants to address how we should talk about God today.
Regardless of your theological or religious position (and yes, everyone has one whether you believe in the God of Bible/Torah/Koran or not), this is a great book for folks to read and ponder. Rob makes some good points and asks some great questions.
You can listen to a LOT of audible books while commuting on the I-90 tollway.
Learning. Being. Christ.
Love Wins covers some of this material which gets elaborated here-in.
This was classic Rob Bell. He's a natural orator and solid theological thinker which comes through in his work.
The very end. Bell's story about sitting in the open water on surfboards and understanding that "here is God" was powerful for me.
Great stuff. I hope Bell continues to provide challenges to theological thinkers who can presume too much about what it means to live out being the presence of Christ for others in the world. Christianity needs a variety of voices and diversity of thought, all of which can and should be centered on Christ.
I would definitely read another book by Rob Bell! He is one of my favorite authors.
What We Talk About When We Talk About God was terrific but my FAVORITE still is Love Wins. I think I expected this book to knock me off my feet the way Love Wins did. It didn't. It is is an awesome book. The way Rob Bell writes and speaks is easy to follow, very applicable, and down to earth. He doesn't use extra fluff language that doesn't need to be there.
His voice. I love that he reads his own books in his audio versions. This is the third of his that I have listened to and I love hearing him.
It inspired me to pay attention to the world around me- that God is in this world around me. He's working and I need to work. I need to be more present because he is.
I liked the book, but it isn't at all a Love Wins book. Rob seems a little uninterested during his reading of the book at times.
Now that like Rob, I have been through my own dark night of the soul, I relate strongly to the words of Rob Bell in this open-minded and uplifting account of how God, through Jesus and the Bible demonstrated that He is on our side at all times.
Anyone who is very conservative may disagree with a lot of what he says but after my own careful study the Bible for more than 10 years and doing my own thinking I am left comforted and inspired by his words.
Ms. Jo- I LOVE Audible!
Rob Bell's narrative liberates the shackled concept of God that limits religious practice. Imagine if those who claim to know God taught this way!
I think it reframes the discussion about God in such a good way. We are all aware of this God, whether we call it a force or nature or whatever...This seems like an honest, christian-came-out-of-the-bubble to relate with others kind of a view.
The part that sticks out at this moment is when he talks about speaking at a conference promoting religious peace alongside others such as Desmond Tutu and The Dalai Lama (If I remember correctly) and there were protesters outside. He did a double take on that, and asked about them, they were christians. He couldn't believe people would take time out of their day to protest a conference promoting world peace.
Being the author, it's so good. He knows where to put the emphasis, when to slow down, speed up... and he's a gifted speaker. I also recently listened to Obama's self-narrated memoir, both of these guys would be excellent narrators, and when they narrate their excellent books, it is perfect.
I actually did it in 2. But yes, it's so good and pretty short. It's possible.
"Typically thought provoking"
We'll done Mr Bell. Back to your thought provoking best. I must admit I think quite a few folks will lose themselves in the first hour or two, but it really appealed to my science background.
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