Thursday, April 05, 2007

SEXGOD

I pray this title does not get me spammed to death....

I realized this week while talking to some friends, that I am fairly undiscerning when it comes to Rob Bell. His preaching is riveting, his DVD's impactful and his writing is fabulous too. I can think of nothing better right now than combining a trip to see our friends in Traverse City and then needing to stop at Mars Hill outside of Detroit to hear Rob Bell. Maybe the travel fairies will make that possible soon!

I finished his latest book, sexgod this past week. It was a great read. I want to put it in the hand of every young adult I know. Some older one's too, actually. He does such a fantastic job of tracing the metaphor of marriage that God lays out in his descriptions of how he loves us and covenants with us. He gives such clarity to the idea of sexuality and the sacred.

One of the most insightful things is that he is not only speaking to marriage or sexual intimacy. He is challenging the reader to greater compassion, love, intimacy and respect in all relationships. I think one would be missing something huge if it does not impact how you see sex but it is about so much more than that.

4 comments:

Amy said...

You reckon this one would fly in my (little old) Ladies Class?

Taylor W said...

I too really enjoy Rob Bell. His NOOMA series is great and I really enjoyed Velvet Elvis. I suppose I'll have to add SexGod to my (already long) "to read" list.

Actually Rob was in Boston last fall as part of his "Everything Is Spiritual" tour. I found out about the event the night before and fortunately a friend of a friend had one extra ticket. It was truly a wonderful hour and a half and I'd recommend going to hear him teach.

John Grant said...

When I saw the title, I thought it was another post about me!

Oh well, good post anyway. Thanks for the recommendation -- on my "to read" list as well, Taylor.

Happy birthday!
Bubba Floyd

Arlene Kasselman said...

Amy, not so much!

Taylor, The Grays, Nesbitts and us drove through to OKC to hear him on that tour, and it was fabulous!

John (Bubba) oh well, so much for coded language.