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What Is the Bible? Audiobook

What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything

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Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined - and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way.

In Love Wins, Rob Bell confronted the troubling questions that many people of faith are afraid to ask about heaven, hell, fate, and faith. Using the same inspired, inquisitive approach, he now turns to our most sacred book: the Bible. What Is the Bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives.

Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldn't ask, "Why did God say...?" To get to the heart of the Bible's meaning, we should be asking, "What's the story that's unfolding here, and why did people find it important to tell it? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?" In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of "is it true?" to reveal the Bible's authentic transformative power.

Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God's word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the good book's magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.

©2017 WORB, Inc. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Kimberly Batterson 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This book is like drinking from a fire hose"

    This is quite possible the best book Rob Bell has ever written...

    Bell says the Bible "is a dangerous, subversive, explicit, foul, honest, strange, contradictory, paradoxical, ruthlessly hopeful book that makes a number of rather stunning claims about pretty much everything. (Do you like that phrase ruthlessly hopeful? I’m quite keen on it.)"

    This is a book for anyone who wants to know why progressive people all over the world can read these ancient stories and be refreshed and rejuvenated.

    This is a book for anyone who had heard Bell speak/sermonize/teach and wondered "how does he dive so deep into the story."

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    Amazon Customer 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!"

    Rob gave a great reading of his book. I felt like I was sitting right with him. The book was well written and I now have a very concrete idea of what's really going on in my dusty bible!

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    Mike E. 05-22-17
    Mike E. 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully done, highly recommend"

    Loved every word of this book and couldn't stop listening!! Rob Bell once again so eloquently describes so many complex ideas and questions that I've always struggled with in the Bible. Thank you for this book, it will most certainly transform my daily scripture readings!

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    John 05-27-17
    John 05-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What has happened to Rob Bell?"

    The hermeneutical lenses used to write this book has been stained.

    The Bible I know and love is about the association of persons focused on the unconventional love of others. Men and women have given up their lives for it. The Bible is so much more than songs, poems and satire. He defines it as entertaining but not worth "dying for".

    Rob's narrative defines the love in the Bible as an individual's emotion or feeling. I envision this feeling as the same as sitting around the apartment with the smell of patchouli and hemp burning, with Nirvana blasting. This feeling doesn't last

    Rob Bell's earlier works were wonderful, inspiring , moving and thought provoking. This effort is an attempt to promote the deafening rant of a political agenda, calling all corporate types evil greedy bad guys who are creating an apocalypse - the climate change phenomenon

    Don't buy the book. Check it out from the library, after all isn't profit evil?

    I wish I knew who or what changed Rob Bell.

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    05-26-17
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    "I was skeptical but now a fan"

    I've listened to Bell since I was a teenager. I have worked in the church since the. And have been around both sides of the rob bell debate. Some loving and some saying he's dangerous.
    I found myself from
    Chapter to chapter getting more excited because what he wrote are feelings/thoughts/ideas I've had since my youth but have never fully articulated.
    And the beauty of this book...is it makes me love the Bible more. And makes me want to read it more often!
    Thank you Rob for writing this!

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    MrGordoTime 05-22-17
    MrGordoTime 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Challenge the way you've always read the bible."

    This is a great book, it will make you rethink the way you've read the bible growing up, even if you no longer believe.

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    Christie Lambeth 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing!!"

    Explains the history and what the author is trying to get across in their story. Makes you think and read the Bible differently and leave with a better understand and appreciation. Ables you to see it as both a God breathed book but also as a book written by real human beings.

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    Denny Thompson 05-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The rest of the story?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those aligning themselves with "Progressive Christianity".


    What was most disappointing about Rob Bell’s story?

    Rob was very selective and not objective in his content. In his attempt to establish the setting, background, and content of each topic, he could have done much better developing the themes throughout the entire Scriptures. I would recommend Audible’s, “Case for Christ, Revised & Updated: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus”, by Lee Strobel, as a more sincere, investigator's type approach to find the truth.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Bell – was your favorite?

    Rob is one of a kind in his delivery. He is clear speaking, witty, funny and engaging in his style.


    What character would you cut from What Is the Bible??

    That wasn’t the issue, rather than the agenda.


    Any additional comments?

    I realize Rob was covering a large number of topics, but in every case he stopped short of telling the “rest of the story”. I was there when Rob started Mars Hill Bible Church. I will never forget my first visit. I sat between a guy in a 3 piece suit and a fully tatooed motor cycle dude. As Rob opened the Bible I heard a sound echoing throughout the huge congregation that I had never heard in all my years in church. It sounded like rushing water. I looked up from my Bible to see everyone else was turning the pages of their Bible to find the passage Rob was about to read. That was the rushing water sound! That is what Mars Hill was like. Rob unlocked the Jewish world of the Bible and Jesus’ teachings in an amazing way. In the early years he always emphasized, it's all about Jesus, the power, healing and forgiveness of sins available in His death and resurrection. The festivals, the tabernacle, the monotonous details of Leviticus, it all points to Jesus. One example of what I mean by the “rest of the story” was Rob’s account of the “binding of Isaac”, or Akedah. Rob, why did you leave out the full significance of the male lamb caught by its horns (shofar)? Do you remember when you told Mars Hill how this event forshadowed a future sacrifice of God providing His own Son as our atonement? Do you remember when you pointed out how Jesus said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad”? And, how at the moment of Jesus’ death the shofar was blowing from the top of the Temple Mount, fulfilling Abraham’s promise, “On the mountain of the Lord, it will be provided”? I agree with the Rob Bell of the early years of Mars Hill Bible Church. He taught in an amazing way, including the rest of the story, in every case pointing directly to Jesus. The nation desperately needs the truth of that message.

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    Mike 05-19-17
    Mike 05-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Gets me interested in the Bible again"

    I'm someone who has put down the Bible and walked away from church. Rob does a good job of explaining why I'm not alone in my sentiments and presenting another way of reading the Bible.

    One less judgy and more hope-filled.

    He also does a brilliant job narrating... expected for a professional public speaker.

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    Krys 05-19-17
    Krys 05-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Drop the mic 🎤 and walk away."

    Yes! BRAVO 👏 👏👏 Highest recommendation! So good! I feel as if my parched soul withering away in the barren land of drought, despair & doubt was just revived after listening to this. All the beauty of Maui is taking over. Let it rain. A mulatto a mosquito a albino my libido 🤣🤣🤣 #JOY

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