Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rob Bell : Drops Like Stars

This is something that I need to do for the first time right now. Write a book review.

The Book by Rob Bell Drops Like Stars has proven within the first thirty five pages to one of the most fantastic books that I have ever read. Using the unusual and obscure stories that some would never think to look at in their wildest dreams he weaves a narration that starts to totally decimate the ideas our society uses to conform in day to day life.

Rob starts with the Jesus' parable of the lost son Luke 15: 11-32 and the story goes something like this...

"Jesus told a story about a man who had two sons. The story begins with the younger son asking for his share of the inheritance, which in first century Jewish culture was a deeply offensive request, the equivalent to saying, dad I wish you were dead" (Bell 10). If anyone has read the bible then they might remember this parable. What was noticed by Rob that is the story ends unresolved; "he said to him, son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But it was appropriate to be glad and celebrate, for this, your brother, was dead and is alive again. He was lost and is found again" (Luke 15:31-32).

This is the opening of a book which has captured a glimpse of what is wrong with society. "Jesus doesn't give the story the proper Hollywood ending we've all come to expect" (Bell 14-15). so why should people view the world has having that Hollywood ending that is so badly deserved sometimes. this is just the beginning of a book that captures the way that captures the fascination that everyone should have in Jesus.

the reader must find the rest out for themselves. I must refuse to tell the rest in fear of ruining the ideas that people should hear from the one who speaks them so well; Rob Bell.

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