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Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering [Kindle Edition]

Rob Bell
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Rob Bell’s extraordinary and provocative Drops Like Stars, published as part of the Rob Bell Classics relaunch, explores the relationship between suffering and creativity, and the transformative power of pain.

‘We plot. We plan. We assume things are going to go a certain way. And when they don’t, we find ourselves in a new place - a place we haven’t been before; a place we never would have imagined on our own. It is the difficult and the unexpected, and maybe even the tragic, that opens us up and frees us to see things in new ways.

‘Many of the most significant moments in our lives come not because it all went right but because it all fell apart. Suffering does that. It hurts, but it also creates. This book is an exploration of the complex relationship between suffering and creativity, driven by the belief that there is art in the agony.’ Rob Bell

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‘Few readers will dispute Bell's gentle assertions: that life can be extremely difficult and capricious, that it is often difficult to find God amid suffering, that suffering has a great potential to unify disparate people, and that great bursts of creative energy can arise from pain. Bell explores these issues not by covert biblical exegesis … but [by] new-fashioned storytelling. Bell weaves inspiring stories of people who turned their suffering into something transformative.’ (Publishers Weekly)

‘Bell fights every impulse in our culture to domesticate Jesus [and] challenges the reader to be open to surprise, mystery and all of the unanswerables… 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

About the Author

Rob Bell is the Founding Pastor of Mars Hill Holy Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of the bestselling Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars, speaks to sold-out audiences across the world and pioneers a series of short films called NOOMA. He and his wife Kristen have three children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking but short 22 April 2015
By Sue
The topic of this book is how suffering can enhance creativity. Not that the author puts it so directly. Instead he looks at scenarios of joy and grief, of life and death, both from Scripture and from contemporary times. He demonstrates how God can use our suffering to create something of beauty.

Rob Bell also talks about art in its many forms and shows how it is often able to speak more clearly to its audience when the composer has suffered and struggled, both in the production of the work and perhaps in his or her personal life.

It could have been trite or formulaic, but somehow this book is inspiring and encouraging. There are drawings and photos, and an epilogue which explain where the title of the book came from.

It’s a quick read; only about 130 pages, and with the author’s usual style of spaced out paragraphs and large margins, it could have been contained in half that number. I wouldn't have been too happy if I’d paid full price for it; instead I found it second-hand. However, I liked it overall; it was quite thought-provoking, and would recommend it, but borrow rather than buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about suffering 20 April 2014
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Rob Bell writes beautifully and the themes he examines are certainly there in my own experience. He manages to put into words "thoughts that lie too deep for tears". It is true, from all that has been said and all that has been written about suffering, that the truth lies somewhere between its' horror and the good it can birth in the human soul. God can truly change raindrops into stars as they smack into our reality, if we allow him to. Rob Bell opens our eyes to that truth in a gentle yet powerful way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting perspective 19 Oct. 2013
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It's a short book, but sparkles from time to time. Rob Bell has great turns of phrase and knows how to look at things from a different perspective to most of us. Having been through some tough times recently, I found his approach refreshing. Probably best to get the illustrated hardback though.
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2.0 out of 5 stars too few... 4 Mar. 2014
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It ended with a sudden crash. Unexpected. I thought it was still the introduction!! Just warming to the subject...keep going Rob
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5.0 out of 5 stars GEM-LIKE IDEAS TO RETURN TO AGAIN 13 Jun. 2013
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I had heard Rob Bell present this book when he came to London in 2010. Reading this book reminded me of what I'd remembered and somethings that I'd forgotten. It is thoughtful and challenging and very easy to read.
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