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What Is the Bible?
What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything | Rob Bell
Instant New York Times Bestseller Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imaginedand offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way. In Love Wins, Rob Bell confronted the troubling questions that many people of faith were afraid to ask about heaven, hell, fate, and faith. Using the same inspired, inquisitive approach, he now turns to our most sacred book, the Bible. What Is the Bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives. Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldnt ask "Why did God say . . .?" To get to the heart of the Bibles meaning, we should be asking: "Whats the story thats unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell it? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?" In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of "is it true?" to reveal the Bibles authentic transformative power. Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as Gods Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the Good Books magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.
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KS1805
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Much of what is in this book was where God had brought me independently through prayer and study. I was relieved to find that I wasn‘t out there, that Evangelicals with their literal interpretations of the Bible weren‘t necessarily right. #audiobook

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sophierayton
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Rob Bell has so much enthusiasm and its infectious. I don't agree with some of his biblical interpretations but I love that he's wrestling with the Bible and sharing his insights which inspires others to wrestle for themselves.

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irksit
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1. My nanny kid climbing a tree. We‘ve been loving the weather now that winter is finally over in Michigan!
2. Currently reading “What is the Bible?” with my church group. So good!
3. I bought a new dress a couple days ago. Gotta love Target clearance 😉
4. Carnitas tacos!
5. Dark chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting 😋
@MinDea #HumpDayPost

MatchlessMarie Just saw Rob back in February! 👍 2y
irksit @MatchlessMarie awesome! I‘m so jealous :) 2y
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TheBookbabeblog84
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I love the idea of looking at the stories of the Bible from@on high...paying attention to the patterns, nuances, language etc...#robbell #books

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TheBookbabeblog84
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TheBookbabeblog84
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This Quote really hit home with me. I closed the book for a moment and thought about all the painful parts of my own experience that became important and powerful. Losing a job, an academic suspension from graduate school, my grandmothers Alzheimer‘s diagnosis, my difficult relationship with my mom. So much...so many things that shaped me. #robbell #books #god #seriousreads

SassyBookworm Wow! Great quote! Powerful 2y
TheBookbabeblog84 @Chrysta23 I agree. Have you read any of Rob Bell‘s works? He‘s got some good stuff. 2y
SassyBookworm @TheBookbabeblog84 I have not but I will have to check out some of his work! 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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Still Thursday here but..
1. Not sure about the weekend, but tonight, the husband and I are going to see Peter Rollins and Rob Bell for the Holy Shift tour! 🎉
2. 5‘0
3. In this townhouse 2 years this June
4. Rescuing Jesus, Frankenstein, Letter to a Christian Nation to name a few 😅
5. My shirt says “Bad Theology Kills” check out my friend Kevin Garcia who made it @ thekevingarcia.com #friyayintro

GondorGirl Love those glasses! 2y
Maria514626 I just read Kevin‘s recent post—“Your mental health is not a spiritual issue.” 👏👏🎉🎉👍👍🙌🙌 Sooooo good! Thanks for the referral! 👊👊 2y
josie281 I‘m so jelly of you seeing Rob Bell! Enjoy! 2y
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CouronneDhiver Great glasses! 2y
Jess7 Love the glasses!! 2y
MatchlessMarie Thanks for the sweet compliments! @GondorGirl @CouronneDhiver @Jess7 get my glasses from Zenni. I renew my prescription every January. 🤓 here‘s a link if anyone‘s interested http://bit.ly/2GCJVdi @josie281 It was so great! I am still reeling and have a lot to sit with right now. Water to my soul! @Maria514626 Yay! Love him. 💜 2y
GondorGirl @MatchlessMarie I use Zenni too! 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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Re-reading for book club 😅😳
#desire #quotsydec17 Also a #favoriteof2017 #jingleshelves

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everlocalwest
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Loved this book. Bell gets a fair bit of criticism for simplifying things but that really is his whole point. I've already passed this along to two other Christians edging into the Universalist view, and honestly I think this might be an easier sell to traditionalists than Love Wins. Fast read, super enjoyable, great to discuss and share, plus a wide resource list should you want to go deeper. What more could you want?

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MatchlessMarie
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This book is a breath of fresh air to anyone who has felt both repulsed and embraced by the Bible. It's for the devout and the unreligious who are interested in this library we call The Bible. This book is a bridge. Recommend to anyone currently sorting out/reconstructing their theology. My only critique is the overuse of "insane", "crazy", "mental" sprinkled throughout.

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MatchlessMarie
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I feel a little guilty about neglecting my print books, but all my audio holds are finally coming in! 🎉 I'll come back for you! 📚😘

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Dwayne_Shugert
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Rob Bell challenges us to think about and read the Bible in a different way. Brilliant and fascinating. Well worth the read.

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TheBookbabeblog84
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Sometimes you just have to have new books 🤓 #books #booklover #bookaddict

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AGirlAndHerBooks
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Refreshing perspective on how to read and understand the Bible, and how its impact is just as relevant today. I may not agree with every word said, but that's the point. Ask questions, dig further, learn. I appreciate Bell's desire to open up the Bible to those who have been turned off or never interested. It's a worthwhile jumping off point for debate &/or hopeful understanding.

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Elma
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Love this quote!

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AGirlAndHerBooks
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I'm a fan of Rob Bell and his perspective on what the Bible is, how/why/to whom it was written, and how to understand and apply its messages today. Some call him a heretic, but I find him refreshing and that he just makes sense. I saw him speak the other night and he was brilliant. Getting my book signed afterward, we had a 60-sec convo about the Neil Gaiman book he's reading (Ocean at the End of the Lane) when he saw my American Gods tshirt. 🤗🤓

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frankincense_and_sensibility
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I will read basically anything Rob Bell writes. I thought this was a great exploration of some tough questions, and I'll definitely be picking up my Bible more often now, and with a broader approach. Bell's style is very verbal and engaging; his stuff is always a quick but very substation read.