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Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith [Kindle Edition]

Rob Bell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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‘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

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Perhaps more relevant than ever before, Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis is his original and bestselling 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 relaunch 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?'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (2 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JE7UXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still moves me... 13 Aug 2013
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Some years ago I wrote the following review for the first edition of Velvet Elvis. I recently read it again (this time on Kindle) and stand by what I said - this book still moves me. Rob Bell now needs little introduction and, despite his critics, continues to inspire disciples of Jesus around the world.

In Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell frees us to consider God beyond the picture someone else painted for us in order to find an authentic understanding of the Christian faith. God doesn't have boundaries, and faith doesn't have to be limited to what someone else has told us. God is alive. Faith is alive. Velvet Elvis helps us to find (or re-find) our faith. It encourages us to keep looking and living and learning - to keep on repainting the Christian faith.

Rob Bell is the founding pastor of Mars Hill, which has been described as one of the fastest growing churches in American history. Despite that, I really like this book!

Velvet Elvis is a breath of fresh air. I would particularly recommend it to church leaders, and not just because it is a mine of good illustrations for your next sermons! This is the sort of book that reminds you why you ever started this journey of faith in the first place, and should inspire you to keep on journeying with the real Jesus in the real world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elthom 1 Dec 2012
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If you want to get a new take on what Christianity is, this is a good book to read. It's not wrong to ask questions even when you are already a Christian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell 8 July 2014
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This is a fantastic book for those people who want to have their faith challenged and really think about things in the context in which they were written. I would thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THINK AGAIN! 26 Jun 2014
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I chose this rating because Rob Bell manages to confirm all the essence and truth of Christianity and also to broaden our vision of Gods plan, purpose and vision for His world. There is an awesome element of the divisions that separate those with differing theological stance, the walls just crumbling away, due to their insignificance in the light of God's vast eternal plan, both universal and personal to each and every one of humankind.

An author whom I am blessed to say, has not kept silent, and I recommend all his other books.

I would recommend this book especially to those who ditched their tenuous belief in Christianity when they were young, and take another look in their more mature years, at least 18!!
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