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.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Date of Birth:
August 23, 1970
Place of Birth:
B.S., Wheaton College, 1992; M. Div., Fuller Seminary, 1995
|Advice for the Aspiring|
|In our interview with Bell, we asked him what words of wisdom he had for aspiring authors. "Get rid of your edit button, and just write and write and write," he suggests. "If you do it long enough, and are disciplined enough, and you're willing to go to places that scare you, something exciting might happen."|
|The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God|
We also asked Bell to tell us about some of his all-time favorite books. He names The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard as a major influence. He explains, "It feels like every single word matters in that book, and 25 years from now it will be even more true."
|Life of Pi|
Bell also names Yann Martel's award-winning parable, Life of Pi, as a favorite read. "I think the book did for me what it said it would do," he reflects. Read our complete interview with Bell to learn about more of his best-loved books, including: