Oprah’s book club now has a spiritual category and Rob Bell’s What We Talk About When We Talk About God is in the first round.
Initially surprised by the news. But as I consider things it makes sense. Specifically if you have followed the coverage of Bell here at Rookie Pastor.
Bell played a big role in my life during my college and early ministry days through his sermons and early books, particularly Velvet Elvis. I always appreciated Bell’s communication style, but his intentionally provocative approach always made me a bit apprehensive.
I spoke at length about Love Wins and think it is a valuable read however clearly that book served as a catalyst. Love Wins pushes him into the mainstream culture, but with it he pretty much walks out of the Evangelical world that he never really fit into to begin with.
So from the (failed) ventures into the TV world with a talk show and a procedural drama to the micro-conferences on the beach he does appear to be looking for his place and platform.
I don’t think Bell does anything without intent.
He isn’t the typical platform builder of the Twitter-verse, but he does believe strongly in the message he is sharing and is willing to make unique partnerships to share this message.
So get ready for your mom to ask you if you’ve ever read Rob Bell.