What We Talk About When We Talk About God Hardback

Finding a New Faith for the Twenty-First Century

by Rob Bell

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What We Talk About When We Talk About God

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  • For anyone with doubts about the shape of faith
  • Rob Bell asks big questions about who God is, and how we know Him
  • You'll find a deeper, thoughtful way of approaching the Almighty

Rob Bell’s bestselling book Love Wins struck a powerful chord with a new generation of Christians who are asking the questions church leaders have been afraid to touch. His new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, will continue down this path, helping us with the ultimate big-picture issue: how do we know God?

Love Wins was Sunday Times bestseller that created a media storm, launching Bell as a national religious voice who is reinvigorating what it means to be religious and a Christian today.

He is one of the most influential voices in the Christian world, and now his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, is poised to blow open the doors on how we understand God.

Bell believes we need to drop our primitive, tribal views of God and instead understand the God who wants us to become who we were designed to be, a God who created a universe of quarks and quantum string dynamics, but who also gives meaning to why new-born babies and stories of heroes and sacrifice inspire in us a deep reverence.

What We Talk About When We Talk About God will reveal that God is not in need of repair to catch him up with today’s world so much as we need to discover the God who goes before us and beckons us forward.

A book full of mystery, controversy, and reverence, What We Talk About When We Talk About God has fans and critics alike anxiously awaiting, and promises not to disappoint.

About the Author

Rob Bell is a bestselling author, international teacher, and highly sought after public speaker. His books include The New York Times bestseller Love Wins, along with Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. At age 28 he founded Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, and under his leadership it was one of the fastest-growing churches in America.

In 2011 he was profiled in Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people. Rob is also the featured speaker in a series of spiritual short films called NOOMA. Currently, he is working with former LOST producer Carlton Cuse on a television series and will be releasing a new book in 2013. He and his wife Kristen have three children and live in Los Angeles.

What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell was published by HarperCollins in March 2013 and is our 14486th best seller. The ISBN for What We Talk About When We Talk About God is 9780007427338.

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Publisher's Description

New York Times bestselling author, Rob Bell, turns his attention to the concept of God in his latest book – 'What We Talk About When We Talk About God'.

The modern day description and understanding of God is seen by secular thinkers as completely out-dated, prehistoric and somewhat irrelevant, offering little to the realm of science and other worthwhile pursuits. Yet in the very same thought, many find our world to hold many spiritual and awe-inspiring wonders.

Rob Bell does what he did to the way we think about heaven and hell in 'Love Wins' to the way we describe/think about God in his latest attempt to connect the skeptical spirituals and the theologically suspicious with Christianity. With his usual characteristic evocative storytelling and intuitive metaphors, Rob tackles misconceptions about God which make belief stale and dysfunctional and guides readers towards a vibrant God who is with us, is for us, and ahead of us.

As with his recent books, 'What We Talk About When We Talk About God' will undoubtedly split the church and cause controversy, but ultimately Rob Bell writes his book for a different audience: the "I'm not religious but I'm spiritual" among us.
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 “Bell is at the forefront of a rethinking of Christianity in America.” – Time magazine.

“[Bell is] one of the most influential Christian leaders in the county.” – The New Yorker.

“One of the country’s most influential... pastors.” – New York Times.

“Time and again, Bell challenges the reader to be open to surprise, mystery and all of the unanswerables contained within the ‘wide stream’ called Christianity.” – Christian Century.

Praise for Rob Bell

“Bell has given theologically suspicious Christians new courage to bet their life on Jesus Christ.’ – Christian Century.

“Bell persuasively interprets the Bible as a message of love and redemption. . . . His style is characteristically concise and oral, his tone passionate and unabashedly positive.” – Publishers Weekly.

“One of the nation’s rock-star-popular young pastors, Rob Bell, has stuck a pitchfork in how Christians talk about damnation.” – USA Today.

“It isn’t easy to develop a biblical imagination that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ… Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction.” – Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of ‘The Message’.

“A bold, prophetic and poetic masterpiece… No one who seriously engages this book will put it down unchanged. A ‘must read’ book!” – Greg Boyd, author of ‘The Myth of a Christian Nation’.

“Thousands of readers will find freedom and hope and a new way of understanding the biblical story – from beginning to end.” – Brian D. McLaren, author of ‘A New Kind of Christianity’.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherHarperCollins (March 2013)
Number of Pages240
Thickness23 mm
Height222 mm
Width141 mm
Product Code4024061
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