What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything

What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything

Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined—and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way.

In Love Wins, Rob Bell confronted the troubling questions that many people of faith were afraid to ask about heaven, hell, fate, and faith. Using the same inspired, inquisitive approach, he now turns to our most sacred book, the Bible. What Is the Bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives.

Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldn’t ask "Why did God say . . .?" To get to the heart of the Bible’s meaning, we should be asking: "What’s the story that’s unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell it? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?" In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of "is it true?" to reveal the Bible’s authentic transformative power.

Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the Good Book’s magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.

Title:What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything
ISBN:9780062194282
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  • Annette

    This book is dangerous. You should read it...

  • Rebecca

    (3.75) One of Bell’s stronger books. Still not as fresh and vibrant as Velvet Elvis, but I think it will have a big impact on teens and twenty-somethings who are starting to question the narrow inte...

  • Robert

    If you love Brian McLaren and Peter Enns on how to read the Bible, you'll probably appreciate this book. And if you have no idea who either of these guys are but still want to find out why people stil...

  • Kelsey Mech

    I read this book not because I identify as being Christian, but because I am so curious about why so many people flock to the bible and read it so religiously. I was raised Christian, and have a basic...

  • nerd culture is mainstream now. [jo]

    HEY, ya girl is back and it’s wolf hunting season. And BOI...so, enjoy:•not even a numbered page yet🤦🏼‍♀️The quote he put in the dedication begins “try to love the questions themselv...

  • Adam Lorenz

    As much as I hate to say it, there isn’t much middle ground when it comes to Rob Bell. And really none of that comes from Rob himself or at least the ideas he puts forth have always striven to conti...

  • Collin Huber

    In his latest, Rob Bell aims to cast the Bible as less a "religious" book and more of a human book in order to make it accessible to all. He describes the Bible as "a book about what it means to be hu...

  • Jeremy

    I'm glad I read this challenging book. I benefited from this book, but probably not in the way he intended. Rob Bell makes many points I agree with. However, he's also logically inconsistent, at times...

  • David

    This was an amazing and eye opening book, particularly in regards to the Old Testament and lots of the 'problems' it presents (at least from my personal perspective). It saddens me that from what I ca...

  • Dave Minor

    If you have everything figured out don't read this. If you are capable of admitting the possibility and validity of different perspectives you may gain some new insights. Love the sources at the end....