Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering

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When we encounter pain and suffering, our lives are disrupted. Our normal paths and expectations come to a halt. Suffering forces us to take a new path, to create new expectations. In Drops Like Stars, Bell shows us how art does the same thing; it disrupts us, forces us to see the world differently and to forge new expectations. How will we reimagine suffering when we realize that God sees our lives as works of art?

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Overview

When we encounter pain and suffering, our lives are disrupted. Our normal paths and expectations come to a halt. Suffering forces us to take a new path, to create new expectations. In Drops Like Stars, Bell shows us how art does the same thing; it disrupts us, forces us to see the world differently and to forge new expectations. How will we reimagine suffering when we realize that God sees our lives as works of art?

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Editorial Reviews

Time magazine
“Bell is at the forefront of a rethinking of Christianity in America.”
New York Times
“One of the country’s most influential evangelical pastors.”
Relevant Magazine
“Drops Like Stars is an exciting new direction for the prolific pastor.”
Boston Globe
“Rob Bell is one of the hottest names in contemporary evangelical life.”
USA Today
“One of the nation’s rock-star-popular young pastors.”
Spirituality and Practice
“In this spunky little book filled with photographs… Bell looks at the suffering, pain, and loss that often knock the wind out of us and threaten to destroy our hope for the future.”
Time Magazine
"Bell is at the forefront of a rethinking of Christianity in America."
Publishers Weekly

While Bell's books Velvet Elvis and Sex God received generally strong reviews, this effort to understand the relationship between suffering and creativity feels superficial and overly self-conscious. Few readers will dispute Bell's gentle assertions: that life can be extremely difficult and capricious, that it is often difficult to find God amid suffering, that suffering has a great potential to unify disparate people, and that great bursts of creative energy can arise from pain. Bell explores these issues not by covert biblical exegesis-which was a surprising and welcome highlight of Velvet Elvis-but new-fashioned storytelling. Bell weaves inspiring stories of people who turned their suffering into something transformative, and many of these stories are memorable. They are certainly accessible: Bell draws from fiction, movies, real-life situations and his own life. These anecdotes do not make a book, however, and Bell's spare prose lacks original insights into age-old theodicy questions. Although the design and layout are first-rate, $35 is a lot of money for a 160-page book that is mostly white space. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062197283
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 268,732
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Bell

Rob Bell is a bestselling author and international teacher and speaker. His books include the New York Times bestsellers Love Wins, Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, Drops Like Stars, and the forthcoming The Zimzum of Love with his wife, Kristen Bell. In 2011, he was named one of Timemagazine's 100 most influential people. He and his wife, Kristen, have three children.

Biography

Reverend Rob Bell is a bestselling Christian author and the founding pastor of Mars Hill, a rapidly growing mega-church located in Grandville, Michigan. He is the featured speaker in the first sequence of NOOMA, a series of spiritual short films that investigate questions of faith and explore the world from the perspective of Jesus. In 2005, he published his first book, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, a fresh take on Christianity that emphasizes inclusiveness, flexibility, love, and forgiveness. His 2007 follow-up, Sex God, explores the connections between sexuality and spirituality and was described by Publishers Weekly as a book that "joyfully ties, and then tightens, the knot between God and humankind."

Bell and his wife, Kristin, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with their two sons.

Good To Know

A few interesting outtakes from our interview with Bell:

"I've never had a cup of coffee."

"A couple years ago, I hit my head doing a flip on a wakeboard and for three days I had to be told who I was and that I was married and had kids."

"The first time I shared the ideas for Velvet Elvis with a publisher, they were convinced that it was actually six books. I remember thinking, Six books? I don't know if I can even write one!"

"My boys and I are into any sort of board you can ride. Wakeboard, skateboard, snowboard, surf board, etc."

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    1. Hometown:
      Grand Rapids, Michigan
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 23, 1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lansing, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.S., Wheaton College, 1992; M. Div., Fuller Seminary, 1995

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DROPS LIKE STARS

A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering
By Rob Bell

Zondervan

Copyright © 2009 Rob Bell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-27503-9


Chapter One

STUNNING, ISN'T IT?

And yet these sculptures were in those bars the whole time.

All these sculptors really did was remove.

Sculptors shape and form and rearrange, but at the most basic level they take away. And there is an extraordinary, beautiful art to knowing what to take away.

When you talk with people who have just received news that they have a life-threatening illness, what do they say?

"Now I must get those hedges trimmed!"

"I've been putting that plastic surgery off long enough."

"It's finally time to join that online Poker club."

No, of course not. They talk about family and friends. They gather those they love as close as possible. They reflect on any amends that need to be made with anybody.

They talk about what matters most.

SUFFERING DOES THAT ...

... IT COMPELS US TO ELIMINATE THE UNNECESSARY, THE TRIVIAL, THE SUPERFICIAL.

There is greatness in you. Courage. Desire. Integrity. Virtue. Compassion. Dignity. Loyalty. Love. It's in there - somewhere. And sometimes it takes suffering to get at it. It's in there.

(Continues...)



Excerpted fromDROPS LIKE STARS by Rob Bell Copyright © 2009 by Rob Bell. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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    "I'm here"

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    Posted March 29, 2012

    Once again I have much to think about

    Got this at just the right time, one week before my father-in-law past suddenly and unexpectedly. Never easy to deal with, but with this video had a framework to begin to process it. You will suffer pain, this will prepare you and challenge you.

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