“A favourite few lines: "When you wrestle with the text [of the Bible] you walk away limping....The ones limping have had an experience with the living God." ; "But I am NOT defined by what I am NOT." ; "The Rabbi thinks we can be like Him."”True Compass wrote this review Thursday, August 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Rob Bell presents his theological and doctrinal perspectives. He, like some of his contemporaries (especially Donald Miller), employs alternate authority sources and a very casual--nearly conversational--voice throughout the reading. He discussess constantly the disparities manifesting in the Christian church between what Christainity should be and what it has become.
I know that much of the wide-spread popularity of contemporary Christian writers, like Bell, owes to the style with which they write. It is hugely accessible. The style of writing or tone of voice is often alluded to by comparing with a conversation two would have over a cup of coffee at a local restaurant. I appreciate this approach. I, however, don't much care for the style. I find it overly-simplistic. And I feel somewhat disappionted that my reading level hasn't been challenged.
The arguments Bell presents are largely valid points. I don't necessarily think that he's the first to present them or that it's a revolutionary book because of what he says, but it is a concentrated collection of valid, burning questions that most Christians carry around in search of genuine experiences. A major point that Bell repeats--one that I contend against--is that the here-and-now serves as our hell or heaven. Bell constantly asserts that the point of the Kingdom of God is to prepare heaven for His return, rather than expecting removal from earth. To this point I would tend to deny his claim overall, citing information like the final baptism of the world by fire, the constant references by prophets of "being taken up to heaven where I saw a city. . .," and Christ's and the apostles' frequent mentions of the Kingdom being "not of this world."
But I find the book to be a refreshing review of so of the most valid and vital arguments of Christian faith. It strikes me as a compilation of conversations and topics that the church should be discussing on a weekly basis and I hope more Christians read it.”
“A unique take on what it really means to be a Christian beyond the institutional, traditionally accepted demonstrations of religion.”scrapperadviser wrote this review Tuesday, May 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I had to read slowly because I had a lot to think about every time I read a section. May need a reread. ”TLC wrote this review Tuesday, April 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm not a fan of Bell's writing.
Blog-styled one-sentence paragraphs, loaded with rhetorical questions.”
“i loved this book and anything by rob bell”JTKidd wrote this review Thursday, March 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I would recommend this book to anyone. It literally changed the way I think about faith, God, and life in general. Most intriguing and different Philosophical presuppositions as applied to Christianity, and a lot of questions. Will make you think, whether you love it or hate it.”Dan Sanders wrote this review Sunday, March 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If one wants to grow in their spiritual growth, one must read this book.
This book shifts the focus off of the 'black and white' areas of Christianity and focuses on the 'grey'. Only read this book if you are well grounded in your faith. Rob Bell likes to say things in such a way as to make you think, but some of the things he says can be misinterpreted.