Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Velvet Elvis

So... you might be wondering what I am doing with my spring break(other than of course the obvious-1man,4kids,1house, 1cat, 2goldfish)
I am reading a book that I have been wanting to read for some time called, Velvet Elvis written by Rob Bell. It is a book about questions and answers in faith. All faiths. It is a very quotable book to me and I found myself right away picking up a pad of paper and a pen when reading it. This to me is a sign of a really great book. I thought I would share some quotes so far and I would love to hear what you think about them or if you have had similar thoughts.
"Central to the Christian experience is the art of questioning God."
"It is possible ... to make the bible say whatever WE want it to , isn't it?"
"Doctrine is a wonderful servant and a horrible master."
"OUR words aren't absolutes, Only God is absolute"
"if you do see yourself carrying God to places, it can be exhausting. God is really heavy."
So what I really like about this guy is that he doesn't pretend to have all the answers just some thoughts of his own about faith in general and he encourages you to challenge even the thoughts that he has written in this book. So if you are one who is seeking and one who has a lot of questions for the Big Man upstairs this would be a great book that will challenge your thinking or affirm some thoughts you always had. Either way, it's a great read.

5 comments:

shontell said...

Sounds like a great book. I also lucked into having a spring break, although it doesn't line up with the kids' schedule so I am busy with all of my normal responsibilities, as well as the visits from family and friends. My brother just flew in from Vegas yesterday. Very enjoyable, full of laughter visit :). Mike's grandma drives in tomorrow with more than one of his odd family members. Sounds fun. And my very great friend, Joelle, and her babies are visiting next week. As it turns out, I love spring break. No reading though...unless you count the chapter out of my Algebra book.

noel said...

Visits from friends are much better than reading books most of the time, although I have to say that this book has brought me to tears today. HUGE revelations in it for me. Love you friend. Enjoy your sanguine fest.

TPluckyT said...

I really enjoyed this book also, Noel. A keeper.

noel said...

tim- i think it is going to take me a while to process through it. for me some parts have been life changing.

themoses said...

correction...0 cats

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