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Drop Like Stars – Book Review

drop like stars book coverRob Bell’s latest book Drop Like Stars explores the relationship between creativity and suffering.

If you’re familiar with Bell’s sermons, tours, and previous works, it won’t be phenomenally new content.  In fact, the book almost stands in defiance of content, as I’m guessing if all the text was put into a Word document it’d be about five pages worth.

It’s really an over-sized coffee-table style book, and it’s visually beautiful.  You’re not paying for content but an guided tour on some of Rob Bell’s best thoughts.  In typical fashion he shares intriguing off-beat research and stories to draw you in.

Two things I think we can learn from the book.  One being that he’s able to convey deeply biblical concepts in a language that anyone could understand.  He speaks on very core issues of suffering and creativity, which is something everyone stumbles through in some way or form.

Secondly, I think we can all learn a bit about the packaging.  I think it takes serious guts to fill two pages with only three words.  Bell really practices the less-is-more paradigm here, and it’ll definitely irk plenty of people who pay for the book.

If you truly believed that less-is-more, how might you be doing things differently?

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  • Paul Wilkinson September 14, 2009, 1:54 am

    …I’m guessing if all the text was put into a Word document it’d be about five pages worth.

    So if the medium is the message, what message does this format send? After reading the book and reviewing it, I'm still a bit confused.

  • lon September 15, 2009, 3:05 pm

    Hey Paul, agreed. I think it was an enjoyable read, lots of snippets of insights, but I'm not sure what to do about it all. Then again, if it was a longer book, I probably wouldn't know what to do with it either. Less is more is one thing that resounded with me though from the content and the medium.

  • lunchboxsw October 1, 2009, 7:40 am

    Can't say that I agree that the book contains "deeply biblical truths." Needless to say I am less than thrilled with the book. Here is my review.

  • lunchboxsw October 1, 2009, 7:40 am

    Can't say that I agree that the book contains "deeply biblical truths." Needless to say I am less than thrilled with the book. Here is my review.

  • lunchboxsw October 1, 2009, 7:40 am

    Can't say that I agree that the book contains "deeply biblical truths." Needless to say I am less than thrilled with the book. Here is my review.

  • lunchboxsw October 1, 2009, 7:40 am

    Can't say that I agree that the book contains "deeply biblical truths." Needless to say I am less than thrilled with the book. Here is my review.

  • lunchboxsw October 1, 2009, 7:40 am

    Can't say that I agree that the book contains "deeply biblical truths." Needless to say I am less than thrilled with the book. Here is my review.

  • lunchboxsw October 1, 2009, 7:40 am

    Can't say that I agree that the book contains "deeply biblical truths." Needless to say I am less than thrilled with the book. Here is my review.

  • Brian December 25, 2009, 6:26 pm

    I certainly don’t get my panties in a wad over the price of the book. It’s artsy. Rob is artsy. I am artsy. I get it. Some don’t. Don’t buy the book if you don’t want to. But there is way more than $35 of wake up calls, biblical truths, and insight to last a long time. Lunchbox and others have the same trivial critiques of Bell, it’s nauseating. Not every pastor or person has to present the exact 3 point message every time. That’s part of the problem with modern day christianity. We want formulas and pastors who will break life down in a coherent, nice way with the Roman Road and the 8 steps to a better more sanctified life and all the nice pre-packaged dogma we expect, and of course it must AGREE with our own perspective, or else it’s just heresy. Rob is a breath of fresh air. Jesus is the whole focus of his work – even though he doesn’t say the name ‘Jesus’ in every single presentation of the gospel…Step back and take on a new perspective. See the bigger picture. It will all become clear and come into focus for you…

    • Lon December 26, 2009, 8:11 pm

      right there with you Brian… it’s not what the typical evangelical is use to I guess.

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