As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I recently started Rob Bell's new book, "What We Talk About When We Talk About God." I am only about a quarter of the way into it so far, but I thought I would give my initial impression with you.
In this book Rob talks about the baggage that comes with the word, and the definition we have, of God. No matter where we come from, we have an image of God. This image has been shaped by what we have read, what has been said, and who we have learned from. Rob tries to move the reader past what we have brought to the table to be opened to a different view of God.
The book centers around a few words that have made an impact on Rob over the years.
Like I said, I haven't gotten very far, but I am into the section on the word Open. In this chapter he discusses the either/or stances many people have when it comes to faith.
Faith or intelect
Belief or reason
Miracles or logic
God or science
Then he moves into a conversation where he talks about how we do not need the either/or stances. Instead God is bigger than the either/or's of life. He has a long section on science and how everything is connected. It is quite interesting, and I had to stay focused as I read through it.
So far I am intrigued with the book and I am looking forward to see where it is going.