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"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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  • Ralph
  • Reading, PA, United States
  • 03-13-13

God is leading us ahead

What made the experience of listening to What We Talk About When We Talk About God the most enjoyable?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What about Rob Bell’s performance did you like?

His conversational style. Understandable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I almost made it.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • James
  • Chesterton, IN, United States
  • 11-13-17

Thought-Provoking Little Book!

I want to buy this book for every moderately spiritual person I know. Bell blows out of the water every generalization I have ever heard about evangelical Christianity. His argument for a "moral arc" to history follows in the vein of Robert Wright's "Evolution of God." The thought that stuck with me the most is when he points out that sometimes established religion can be on the wrong side of this "moral arc", that they can cling to tradition so much that they miss the "spirit of the law" and humanity's general movement forward in that direction...

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An elaborate and well thought description of many things that are tough to describe

I recommend this book for the searchers out there, the ones who sincerely want to grasp at the many things we want to tag words to but don't know how - Rob does.

The fact that he narrates all of his audiobooks should hint at how much everyone who reads his books matters, and how much thought and care he puts into each one - this one is no different.

In "What We Talk About When We Talk About God," Rob carefully and thoroughly approaches the glue of the universe and how science and God not only are not diametrically opposed, but form a beautiful cohesive and inspiring relationship, a merger between curiosity, the infinite, and the challenging.

Rob's book will leave you thinking about things more; and hopefully having a little bit more understanding about the fabric that makes up the universe and why it matters in the first place. Thanks Rob, surf on.

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Awesome

I've read most of Rob Bell's books. He puts words to my thoughts and beliefs. He allowed me to see that I am not in contradiction or opposition with the religion of my experience. This is allowing me to experience God and have a relationship with God without guilt, shame, or resentment.
Thanks

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Refreshingly Simplistic Theology

It wasn't convoluted. it wasn't too wordy. At no point was I be preached to about the importance of God's love. Rather I was being informed of how simple it really is to accept God's love. It's as simple as existing. Listen to the book. You'll see what I mean.

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Love this book!

I've listened to the audio version of this book multiple times. I keep trying to find the ways it may lead people astray or is heretical as many christians imply.
The more I listen to it, as I also journey with God to discover the larger more beautiful story he's creating and inviting us into... the more I resonate with this telling of the overall draw, pull, invitation to everyone. This is not a book of theology, doctrine, or dogma. It is a large scope, expansive introduction to holistic faith and living. Understanding God as a good and three unique persons who we can join in discovering ALL God wants for us. Why would anyone not desire this God... this kind of relationship that completes our humanity by watching Jesus is his incarnate revelation? Sin?? It's not being receptive to how this beautiful message will change us, and the life of eternity we can start now, not when we die. Rob does not shy away from stating the truth that we're all broken and that's a central reason we do need God. But it's a compelling invitation, not fear that gets that message through. This book makes me desire God more than almost any other I've ever read.

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Just what I Needed to Hear

This book is great for anyone who has any doubts or questions about their current faith, or is just looking for a fresh perspective. This book was a great help to me personally, as a wife and mother in my early forties, trying to decide what Christian faith to choose for my children, while going through my own struggles of what I believe. Rob is a wonderful narrator, with a great sense of humor. An easy listen.

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Connecting the dots!

This book was a God-send! I'm a Christian that has been very disillusioned with Christianity. I've read and listened to other spiritual teachers who were not Christian, but felt that a lot of their teaching is supported by scripture, not contrary to it. Rob Bell connects it all so well and beautifully.

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Fantastically mind expending...

Rob always has a way of beautifully expanding words into thoughts that are challenging and freeing and insightful and, in my opinion, true. this is another example. I will be listening to this again and suggest it for anyone, of any faith, including the faith of science-alone. Thanks Rob! Come visit Seattle any time, I'd love to host your visit!

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Perhaps Rob's Best

Such a great perspective on our expanding universe, our expanding selves, and our expanding knowledge of who God is and what God is doing in the world.

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  • Paul
  • 11-17-13

Typically thought provoking

Would you consider the audio edition of What We Talk About When We Talk About God to be better than the print version?

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.