I recently read a book that I had heard a lot about and was very interested in reading – and I actually had the time to read at my workplace. It’s a book called Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell, you may know him as the NOOMA guy. Anyway, I was excited but nervous about reading his first book (he has another one called Sex God which sounds intriguing). I was nervous because I’m always skeptical when I read books like this. I fear they may go off the deep end on some crazy tangent that has no biblical basis nor any use in furthering the kingdom of God. But I must say, I was blown away.
Rob Bell articulated many thoughts I had been having about the church and Christianity in general for some time yet was always unable to express coherently. He knows his stuff. He is a true believer, not only in Bible study but in Bible scholarship. He knows his Greek and his Hebrew. He knows his ancient Israelite history. He even cites the sources from which he gathered all this information for a book which is obviously written to teens and young adults (those more up in years would enjoy it as well). But the best thing of all is that he straight up knows how to communicate. He knows how to connect. He knows how to use his study and drill it right down into your heart and leave you begging for more.
If you get some time, I highly recommend this book, as well as the NOOMA video series. They will change your life if you let them.