Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sex God

I just finished "Sex God" by Rob Bell. Before you razz me about being a fast reader (I just finished this review), let me just say that this book is an incredibly easy read (in terms of time, not content) and will take the average reader (that's me!) only about 3-4 hours to consume.

Sex God is an interesting book to say the least. For those of you who don't know, I am a HUGE Rob Bell fan. Check out this photo of my son Seth and I during a past trip to Mars Hill Church in Grandville, Michigan:

I have been following him since I became a follower of Jesus. I love his insights into the delicate fabric of scripture, specifically his take on the Greek and Hebrew roots of today's translations. I share a common interest in this area of knowledge as well.

Sex God captivated me from the start. I love chapter one. It gets a little weird from there. Bell is obviously concerned about the world, it's politics, and the atrocities that plague it. There were a few parts in the beginning where the soapbox became noticeable to the reader. It quickly passed, but the thoughts stick with you. I was compelled however, to continue thinking about my goal of traveling and helping others across the globe. Rob's passion definitely finds itself in sharing Jesus with a suffering world.

The book continues by explaining the connection between God, sex and just about everything else in the world. Both singles and marrieds will find content of interest with this book, so I highly recommend this for both audiences. There were points that I was smiling from ear to ear, others that brought me to tears, and another where I just had to thank my wife for choosing me from over 6 billion people in the world (quite a thought...if you stop and think about it for your own relationship!).

Bell will definitely stimulate your thinking and provoke some interesting conversations. Take time to read this book - I don't think you'll be disappointed. Stick with it, get past the political grinding near the beginning, and enjoy his unique style of writing and blend of wit, humor and of course, biblical foundation.


Stephen Emlund said...

I almost forgot what you looked like with no hair. I read Blue Like Jazz and questioned some of it, but overall it was a good book

Stephen Emlund said...

wow.. I totally got Donald Miller and Rob Bell mixed up.. I was thinking of Velvet Elvis..

Michael Goldsmith said...

Did you read Velvet Elvis? It's a great book. I REALLY enjoy Donald Miller as well. His writing is very descriptive but reachable for the average reader. Blue Like Jazz is one of my favorites!