Item description for Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell...
Overview A guide to living an authentic Christian life urges readers to seek an expression of faith that is personal, rather than in accordance with the belief systems of others, in a handbook that cites the examples of Jesus while offering a perspective on the unlimited nature of God.
Publishers Description We have to test everything.I thank God for anybody anywhere who is pointing people to the mysteries of God. But those people would all tell you to think long and hard about what they are saying and doing and creating.Test it. Probe it.Do that to this book.Don't swallow it uncritically. Think about it. Wrestle with it.Just because I'm a Christian and I'm trying to articulate a Christian worldview doesn't mean I've got it nailed. I'm contributing to the discussion. God has spoken, and the rest is commentary, right?
Community Description We know there's something more. We sense it, we feel it, and we want it. But how do we find it---a spirituality that stands up to the questions of an honest, searching mind?
"This book is for those who need a fresh take on Jesus and what it means for us to live the kind of life he teaches us to live," writes Rob Bell. "This pursuit of Jesus is leading us backward as much as forward ... I am learning that what seems brand new is often just the discovery of something that has been there all along---it just got lost somewhere and it needs to be picked up, dusted off, and reclaimed." Velvet Elvis offers original and refreshingly personal perspectives on what Christianity is really about.
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From Publishers Weekly Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., offers an
innovative and intriguing, if uneven, first book. This introduction to the
Christian faith is definitely outside the usual evangelical box. Bell wants to
offer "a fresh take on Jesus"-a riff that begins with the assertion that Jesus
wanted to "call people to live in tune with reality" and that he "had no use
for religion." Bell invites seekers into a Christianity that has room for
doubts (his church recently hosted an evening where doubters were invited to
ask their hardest, most challenging questions). He mocks literalists whose
faith seems to depend on a six-day creation, and one of his favorite people
is a woman who turned up repeatedly at his church, only to tell him that she
totally disagreed with his teachings. He cites his church as a place of
forgiveness, mystery, community and transformation. Bell is well-versed in
Jewish teachings and draws from rabbinic wisdom and stories freely. His
casual, hip tone can grate at times, and his footnotes, instructing readers
to drop everything and read the books that have influenced him, grow old.
Still, this is faithful, creative Christianity, and Gen-Xers especially will
find Bell a welcome guide to the Christian faith. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 6.45" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 031026345X ISBN13 9780310263456 UPC 025986263454
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More About Rob Bell
Rob Bell lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he's the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. Rob is the author of Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. He also appeared in a pioneering series of twenty-four short films called NOOMA, as well as in longer version DVDs-- The Art of the Sermon, Everything is Spiritual, The Gods Aren't Angry, and Drops Like Stars. Visit the author online at robbell.com.