Having being raised as a Christian, and currently an active practitioner of His teachings more so than the religion I was raised in, I do not believeHaving being raised as a Christian, and currently an active practitioner of His teachings more so than the religion I was raised in, I do not believe I have heard the Holy Spirit so beautifully described as I did in this book. Leave it to Thây to bring more beauty and understanding to things you thought you knew....more
Wow. What a concept: that we should step out of the box of our theology, traditions, and learned religious behavior and lists of right and wrong to siWow. What a concept: that we should step out of the box of our theology, traditions, and learned religious behavior and lists of right and wrong to simply try to follow one man. To love everyone as they were, as he did. Funny... that's exactly what Jesus did about the religious establishment and society of his time. Such a simple idea that flies over the heads of many believers, yet so sad. Well played, Medearis. Well done....more
This is possibly the most refreshingly accurate piece of work on sexuality by a Christian author I have ever encountered. But then again, Rob Bell isThis is possibly the most refreshingly accurate piece of work on sexuality by a Christian author I have ever encountered. But then again, Rob Bell is an exceptional observer of humanity and its spiritual side. If you have not read his first book, Velvet Elvis, I really suggest you visit that text before you jump into this; especially if you come from a background where everything biblical is hyper-literal (if you are recovering from that sort of situation, I completely empathize with you) or if you are rediscovering your own concept of Christianity. This book won't be as effective if you do not.
Sex really isn't a topic Christians like to discuss (see the Angels and Animals chapter), but Rob Bell is correct in his point he makes through the entire book that our sexuality is connected to everything and it needs to be dissected and examined. Being one with another human being is a direct representation of the oneness we strive for in God. The imagery of the chuppah and other fine points of traditional Jewish wedding ceremonies in relation to God is something that is explained throughout the Bible constantly, yet most readers and believers miss out on this point. Bell revisits and explains this relationship well; just as a couple enters an agreement into oneness, so has God with us. Every word, every story contained in this book builds upon this concept like a wonderfully layered cake.
I firmly believe every one, especially couples or anyone entwined in any sort of relationship, should read the Worth Dying For Chapter. Everyone needs to understand agape, which as Bell explains, is Greek for a giving type of love; the heart of every healthy relationship, including one with the divine.
More importantly, the last chapter is a confession that rings true for everyone; "Things don't always turn out well." They don't. No lies, no trickery here. Just hope in a divine being that can heal anything and everything with the agape kind of love.
And who cannot love a man who not only devotes a chapter to one of the most inspiring marriages of our time, but does take the time to make the obligatory Month Python and Star Wars reference? You will miss some of these gems if you do not read the notes and discussion at the end. If you have read through this book and did not complete the survey on page 199, you are truly missing something.