Summary (from Goodreads):
“Rob Bell’s bestselling book Love Wins struck a powerful chord with a new generation of Christians who are asking the questions church leaders have been afraid to touch. His new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, will continue down this path, helping us with the ultimate big-picture issue: how do we know God? Love Wins was a Sunday Times bestseller that created a media storm, launching Bell as a national religious voice who is reinvigorating what it means to be religious and a Christian today. He is one of the most influential voices in the Christian world, and now his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, is poised to blow open the doors on how we understand God. Bell believes we need to drop our primitive, tribal views of God and instead understand the God who wants us to become who we were designed to be, a God who created a universe of quarks and quantum string dynamics, but who also gives meaning to why new-born babies and stories of heroes and sacrifice inspire in us a deep reverence. What We Talk About When We Talk About God will reveal that God is not in need of repair to catch him up with today’s world so much as we need to discover the God who goes before us and beckons us forward. A book full of mystery, controversy, and reverence, What We Talk About When We Talk About God has fans and critics alike anxiously awaiting, and promises not to disappoint.”
Odds are pretty good that this review isn’t necessary; you already know whether you want to read this book or not. For me, I’ve been feeling a bit at loose ends, and I remembered that I had bought this and never read it (and, since Rob Bell is always pretty inspiring to me, I hoped that maybe it would work some magic).
There are a lot of good points to take away from this book, but the one that resonated with me the most is the idea that we all view God differently (which is obvious, right? Because I know my concept of God is a lot different than, say, the idea that the Westboro Baptist Church people seem to have) and the idea that God meets us where we are and then drags us forward, into better versions of ourselves. And how awesome is that? That we don’t have to become better; we are good enough as we are (and then use gratitude for that to become better).