Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
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4.5 out of 5
ISBN/ASIN : 0310273080
Manufacturer : Zondervan Publishing House|
Release data : 01 July, 2006
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This is definitely new theology and it is wholly un-Biblical. If you are looking for a book to satisfy your itching ears to hear what you want to hear and to create your own religion - this is the perfect book for you. In addition, perhaps you would prefer to try Buddhism or Hinduism, which is closer to the theology of this writer. There you can build your own path to whatever you want to call god, Brahma, Buddha...
If you want to be a Christian and learn about how to live in the Truth and fullness of Christ, you have only to turn to the clear-cut paths of the Holy Scriptures. Contrary to the disgusting teachings of this book, the Bible is not ambiguous about the Way to Life, Liberty and True and Lasting Happiness. Truth is not relative and it is not pliable-that is not what the Bible teaches! Truth is found in the simple Gospel - which should never be up for debate, as it is here. Trust and Obey for there is no other way!
Yes, there is mystery in living for Christ, but it is NOT ALL mystery! Please do not replace your diligent study of the Scriptures for "embracing the mystery for all it is." How firm a Foundation is laid for our faith in His Word!
"...ask for the old paths where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. ..." Jeremiah 6.16
People have died (in the past and present) defending the truths of the Bible and this man is trying to create "Christians" who have no idea what Truth is or what it means to be a Christian, much less live as one.
This book might be considered well written for what it is (even that is debatable), but I am incredulous that this book should be placed on the Christian bookshelf. Leave it to the ecumenical movement, if that is your fancy. But be careful - should the Bible be true (and it is)!
Garbage in, garbage out.
Serious Christian - don't waste your time with this book. Kick the world out before it suffocates your faith. Do not be a Proverbs fool with the theology of the "adulterous woman" of biblical ambiguity.
I know this a firey review...but I am tired of all these *feel good*, broad way books. I fell for them once upon-a-time, but the scales have fallen off mmy eyes.
A voice of one calling in the desert...
I've been questioning where I'm going as a 40 something Christian disillusioned with the mediocrity of my life and the Church compared with the vibrant and radical life that Jesus led - and wondering how in the world does one follow Jesus in the 21st Century.
Well Brian McClaren beat down a few walls (why I'm a....), Doug Pagitt (Church Re-imagined) inspired and Dallas Willard (The Divine Conspiracy) put a Theological framework around it. (All recommended)
But finally I found Rob Bell, and he nails it, succinctly, and with grace. He explains with depth and breadth in a very few pages, and without realising it the book is ended and you have been re-inspired.
Where to go next is a tricky question - but you can always plug in to the podcast from Mars Hill where he speaks most weeks... And if you're looking for radical, Rob put me on to Shane Claiborne....
I was given this book by a close friend, he suggested I read it and might benefit from it. He himself had it given to him by a complete stranger he met on a plane at the other side of the world. Normally I would take a while to read a book suggested by a friend, but in this case it felt personal, so I promptly read it.
I remember reading and re-reading the first chapters, I was that enthralled. Rob Bell's way of looking at the Christian Faith is refreshing and fit in well with beliefs I already held dear, as well as opening my eyes to new ways of thinking. In the weeks following my reading of this book I found that when I spoke from the heart about my faith I had absorbed some of Rob Bell's key points. The author also points out that the book itself must not be simply all taken in without questioning, it is refreshing to be reminded of that when reading such an excellent book.
I could not do this book justice with a review, I suggest you either borrow or buy this book and read it for yourself. I leant mine to a friend (something I never do, especially considering this copy isn't mine) and fully intend to buy my own copy, it is definitely worth it.