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"This book is for those who need a fresh take on Jesus and what it means to live the kind of life he teaches us to live. This pursuit of Jesus is leading us backward as much as forward. . . . I am learning that what seems brand new is often the discovery of something that's been there all along—it just got lost somewhere and it needs to be picked up, dusted off, and reclaimed."

—from Velvet Elvis

Topics: Spirituality and The Bible

Published: HarperCollins on Jul 24, 2012
ISBN: 9780062197221
List price: $8.99
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Very thought provoking! Lots of great questions askedread more
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Every time I read something by Rob Bell, or see one of his videos, it seems to capture and express what I want to say, only so much better. This was no exception. Bell describes this book as a contribution to the ongoing act of painting the Christian faith. It is a vulnerable, honest, and open expression of a vibrant and living faith that invites engagement with excitement and an expectation of changed lives. It left me exhilarated and enthused for the possibilities open to the church in contemporary culture if we really engage with this approach to our faith.read more
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pretty interesting case for returning christianity to real christiansread more
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Very thought provoking! Lots of great questions asked
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Every time I read something by Rob Bell, or see one of his videos, it seems to capture and express what I want to say, only so much better. This was no exception. Bell describes this book as a contribution to the ongoing act of painting the Christian faith. It is a vulnerable, honest, and open expression of a vibrant and living faith that invites engagement with excitement and an expectation of changed lives. It left me exhilarated and enthused for the possibilities open to the church in contemporary culture if we really engage with this approach to our faith.
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pretty interesting case for returning christianity to real christians
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A chapter was discussed in my small group Bible study. Since I like Rob Bell anyway, I was able to borrow the book from our group leader.The book was good. I like Bell's writing style - he's open and has a way of painting pictures with words. And he's good at pushing you to God without beating you over the head with Him. I recommend the book.
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I liked the substance of the book but was occasionally annoyed by Bell's style--it seemed like he was trying too hard to be cool. If you're a liberal Christian, this is probably a good book for you. It also has interesting background information about specific Biblical texts that made those texts much more comprehensible.
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3 1/2 starsthis is my first book im reading by rob bell. i do agree with him a lot. i really liked all the analogies rob used. it helped me see things more. this book got me thinking at times,and i know i will be thinking for days on it. velvet elvis is a easy read that will have you reminded of what christianity is and almost like a guide to help you rethink who you are. oh and the end notes are about 10 pages long its gonna take me some time to look up the verses listed in the bible, and the books he's listed to go back, but i think it will be a good review and worth looking over.(
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