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Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
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Oct 01, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: Frustrated Christians
Read in May, 2007

The book is highly poetic, which increases its resonance but it is still very much a book for Christians. I wish I could recommend it to non-believers as an example of unique and intelligent progressive Christian thinking, but so much of his language depends on at least a cursory knowledge of the faith for the impact to fully set in.

That having been said, I am a believer and it resonated tremendously with me (I only killed that fifth star because of the crossover difficulty for non-Christians). His thoughts are challenging, yet hopeful; they are provocative, yet inspiring. What I most walked away with, however, was the sense that I wasn't crazy for thinking there was more to it all than what I had been taught for so many years. There are deeper places to go and deeper things to experience.

This notion, above any other in the book, was most worth hearing and makes the book a touching and beautiful journal of unique reflections, insights, and beliefs worth reading.
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