When we encounter pain and suffering, our lives are disrupted. Our normal paths and expectations come to a halt. Suffering forces us to take a new path, to create new expectations. In Drops Like Stars, Bell shows us how art does the same thing; it disrupts us, forces us to see the world differently and to forge new expectations. How will we reimagine suffering when we realize that God sees our lives as works of art?
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Here's a short little booklet you can read over your lunch hour. Rob Bell, the controversial emergent mega-church pastor and best-selling author of Love Wins, tackles the subject of grief. Bell is a minister, but doesn't turn this into a book about God. It's not tough love and it's not sappy sentiment. Just words to think about and draw inspiration from.If you're thinking about buying this as a gift book, I wouldn't say that it's appropriate for the deep-in-grief stage, but rather the help-me-stand-up-again stage. As Bell says, he's less concerned about the "why this?" than the "what now?"Never heard Bell preach, but I'm sure beginning to like him as a person. I guess that's the important thing for a good spiritual adviser.more
This is a nice short (but large) book. Although I love the idea of books which engage graphic artists (Jesus for President is still the best example I’ve seen of this), I’m not sure Drop’s format fit here. It’s size conveys the sense of indulgent, which is not the right feeling when you’re supposed to walk through the meaning of suffering.Even so, the book’s content is solid—Bell doing what he does best. His comparison of the sculptor removing everything to get to the core to what is happening when suffering strips away the non-essentials in life is a very helpful image.more