Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Drops Like Stars by Rob Bell

Bell is noted for his visual productions (live talks and DVDs). This book, I think, is an attempt to produce on paper what one would experience listening to Bell in person on his Drops Like Stars speaking tour.

Bell covers the topic of suffering, how it shapes us and how we can respond. Suffering disrupts our lives. Life is no longer what it used to be. Pain makes us honest. Suffering takes from us but can also reveal the beautiful within us. Pain causes us to share with others. We take possession of the pain, knowing it will shape us.
I think I would have rather seen him present this material than read it in a book. For me, it just didn't work. I'm old school: a page is meant for text, not one or two words with lots of colorful space. This book was an experiment, I think. It would be very meaningful for someone who had heard Bell give the talk but lacks impact just being read cold.
Zondervan, 128 frequently nearly empty pages.

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