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Publisher's Summary

Perhaps more relevant than ever before, Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis is his original and best-selling classic. In Velvet Elvis, Bell invites readers to wrestle with their faith, and offers a radical new perspective on Jesus, the church, and Christianity today. 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 new edition of Velvet Elvis, along with the re-launch of Rob Bell’s three other classic works, offers what Rob does best: original and refreshingly personal perspectives on what Christianity is really about. 'We have to test everything,' writes Bell. '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?'
©2012 Rob Bell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Bell fights every impulse in our culture to domesticate Jesus [and] challenges the reader to be open to surprise, mystery and all of the un-answerables… Bell has given theologically suspicious Christians new courage to bet their life on Jesus Christ." (Christian Century)
"Claiming that some versions of Jesus should be rejected, particularly those used to intimidate and inspire fear or hatred, Bell persuasively interprets the Bible as a message of love and redemption. . . . His style is characteristically concise and oral, his tone passionate and unabashedly positive." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of the nation’s rock-star-popular young pastors, Rob Bell, has stuck a pitchfork in how Christians talk about damnation." (USA Today)
"It isn’t easy to develop a biblical imagination that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ . . . Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination–without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction." (Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of The Message and The Pastor)
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By Carôle on 05-28-17


I'm listening to a few of Rob Bell's audio books, this is my second. I'm finding them highly aspirational in an intriguing way.

I live in the UK, so religion - Christianity - is almost a thing of the past. It would be highly aspirational to take up the enlightening, encouraging aspect of Christianity, here!

Listen to this book. If you are already a Christian, or are now moved to become one, and intend to start a movement in the UK, by God's grace, I would join you! Enjoy! Go With God.

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By Brian on 11-21-15

A new take on an old subject

Rob Bell's take take on what it means to become and be Christian is an interesting and new take on an old subject. His analysis of the ministry of Jesus the Jew has some interesting new takes on why what and when of the Jesus story and of his Jewish inheritance although he is not always consistent. Definitely worth listening too - I must now research some of his assertions. Some referencing of the historic sources he used would have been helpful.

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By Grant on 03-31-16

Purposeful and inspiring read

Type of Christianity I want to live. Purposeful, life giving and affirming. Go live it!

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