day 6 – book review & the awesometer

In thoughts on things on August 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

on Rob Bell’s Sex God

don’t let the flashy title or super-modern-coffee-table-book look sway you!  this book was TOTALLY AWESOME!

(and to help visualize the rating, i present my handy dandy AWESOMETER! you will see it again)

this was my first read of anything by Rob Bell, whose name appears in sentences with words like “controversial”, “emergent”, “omg heretic!” or “that nooma video guy”

of course, this is the only book of his i’ve read, and he can be attributed to these things rightly or not, but here’s what i think about the book:

although the titles (even of chapters and sections) are flashy to attract interest and curiosity, the meat and potatoes of his conversation on sexuality and spirituality are strong, compelling, enlightening, and appropriately and effectively  laced with Scriptures.

it was a great balance of age old truths and fresh revelation.

i really loved that he considered and shed light the real, honest, raw context of our culture and how it views sex, marriage, self, and the heart.  i also loved that he explained the vastness of sexuality – and how it has to do with so many things in our hearts other than the act of sex itself.  he stands on the truth that we are made sexual beings in the image of God.  our sexuality is inherently tied to our spirituality; we are made sexual beings to the glory of God!

He so effectively laced sexuality together with spirituality – our need for Christ and His complete fulfillment as our bridegroom.

i read it in 2 days!  it was that good to me.  i really had been asking God for a redeemed and reconciled idea of sex – not in the fact that it’s “bad before marriage” and “just for marriage” or those cultural things of “i’ve got a headache” or lingerie or the perversions of sex in porn or abuse or what have you, but just what GOD thinks of sex.

and i believe Bell covered that really well.


noteworthy chapter:

under the chuppah


noteworthy quote:

“Agape doesn’t love somebody because they’re worthy. 

Agape makes them worthy by the strength and power of its love. 

Agape doesn’t love somebody because they’re beautiful. 

Agape loves in such a way that it makes them beautiful.”


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