Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering  -     By: Rob Bell
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Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering

Zondervan / 2010 / Paperback

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Can pain give birth to creativity? Does suffering help us look outside the box? Driven by the belief that art and agony are linked, Bell explores our ability to experience significant insights not because our situations went right but because everything fell apart. Discover how affliction can free you to see in new ways! 192 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0310327040
ISBN-13: 9780310327042
Availability: In Stock

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We plot. We plan. We assume things are going to go a certain way. And when they don't, we find ourselves in a new place---a place we haven't been before, a place we never would have imagined on our own. It is the difficult and the unexpected, and maybe even the tragic, that opens us up and frees us to see things in new ways. Many of the most significant moments in our lives come not because it all went right but because it all fell apart. Suffering does that. It hurts, but it also creates. This book is an exploration of the complex relationship between suffering and creativity, driven by the belief that there is art in the agony.

Author Bio

Rob Bell lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he's the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. Rob is the author of Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. He also appeared in a pioneering series of twenty-four short films called NOOMA, as well as in longer version DVDs-- The Art of the Sermon, Everything is Spiritual, The Gods Aren't Angry, and Drops Like Stars. Visit the author online at www.robbell.com. SPANISH BIO: Rob Bell es el pastor fundador de la Iglesia Biblica Mars Hill en Grandville, Michigan. Es graduado de la Universidad de Wheaton en Illinois y tiene una maestria en divinidad del Seminario Teologico Fuller en Pasadena, California. Rob es autor de Una obra de arte original, Sexo Dios y Jesus quiere salvar a los cristianos, entre otros. Tambien aparece en la primera serie de peliculas cortas a la que se ha denominado NOOMA. Rob y su esposa, Kristen, tienen tres hijos y residen en Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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  1. Yarmouth, NS
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautifully posed and quotable beyond words!
    January 13, 2012
    Merrill Greene
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    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
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    This is a gem of quotable material and concepts to further your understanding in just how Jesus saves us not only from our sinful nature, but from the suffering we encounter from day to day life. Bell shows how through suffering we have a choice to see the new thing that God is doing and whether we want to be a part of it or not is completely up to us. Suffering then, according to Bell, is a choice. It is relative to our preconceptions and embracement of what Jesus has accomplished.

    I highly reccomend this book to anyone who is trying to figure out what it means to live in a broken world with broken people and how to be a light in that world. As Bell says elsewhere, "Love Wins".
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    January 18, 2011
    Rachel
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    In order to understand others and culture in general, I believe it is important to be well-rounded in what I choose to read. I had this thought in mind when I chose to read Rob Bell's Drops Like Stars. The byline of this book: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering. While I do not agree with Rob Bell's theology, I was intrigued to read what he would have to say in this book. I was also curious to find out how creativity and suffering were associated.

    I received the book and eagerly began reading. My husband questioned my laughter after five minutes of reading, and I told him "I am already finished with one fourth of this book". I timed the remainder of my reading and was amazed that the entire book took a total of 27 minutes to read. Bell's post-modern thinking is evidenced by even the layout and writing of his book. The book is full of photographs and sentence fragments. As for content, he did not delve into the topic in a way that was beneficial.

    If you are searching for a book that is filled with nice pictures and stories that assure you are not alone in your suffering, perhaps this is the book for you. It is available in a hardback coffee table edition, which could make an artistic addition to your living room. However, if you are seeking a book that digs deep into the issues underlying suffering, this book will leave you disappointed. I will note that Bell does not claim to answer the "why"s associated with suffering. His claim is to answer the "what now"s. However, I feel he fails to do even that.
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