Monday, April 12, 2010

Book Review: Velvet Elvis

Velvet Elvis Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
this is the 2nd time i've read this book.

it's been five years. funny - how much i had remembered and how much i had forgotten. i have a friend who claims this book changed his whole life and literally rescued him from walking away from his faith.

Bell paints a beautiful picture of what faith in Jesus could and should be. He has a keen eye for detail... details most of us may have missed.

i like the way Bell describes a life of faith. simple, yet difficult. he doesn't seem to pull any punches, calling things as he sees them.

Basically, Velvet Elvis should be required reading for any newbie Christian - or life long Christian who has lost his or her zeal.

at times i feel like my zeal for God and his church has been stolen... that i've allowed it to be taken from me. in my skepticism, i, at times, find it difficult to see the redeeming power of Jesus, when it comes to the church. Velvet Elvis helped me find faith in the church - in what it could become.

Bell has his critics - but he seems to not let them steal his joy. frankly, i think his critics just plain misunderstand him.

Rob Bell seems to have found a way to practically live out a faith that is full of life, just as God intended - where stolen zeal is not an option.

i am glad i pulled this off the shelf. i may need to do that again in a few years.

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