Michigan pastor Rob Bell, known for his unconventional preaching style, offers a fresh and challenging work of Christian inspiration in his new book, Velvet Elvis -- giving readers a 21st-century (and distinctly unstodgy) view of what it means to wrestle with one's faith.
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.
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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."