Each of us was created for something great—we just need to figure out what it is and find the courage to do it. Whether it’s writing the next
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(3.5) Bell left his pastoral role to become a motivational speaker so, unsurprisingly, this book is closer to self-help than theology, though it’s still from a Christian perspective. He’s good pals with Elizabeth Gilbert, in fact, and this book would make a great companion piece to her Big Magic and/or Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious by David Dark. It’s about how to find what gets you out of bed in the morning, what the Japanese call your ikigai, and how to live mindfully so
I’ve read all of Bell’s full-length books apart from the one on marriage; this is one of the better ones, though Velvet Elvis is still the best. As always, his formatting – bite-size paragraphs, stretching out phrases with lots of line breaks – is ever so slightly annoying, and I didn’t learn a whole lot. It was more a case of being reminded of things I knew deep down but had let myself forget during the everyday grind (emphasis his):
Success says, What more can I get?
Craft says, Can you believe I get to do this?
Better to have a stomach full of butterflies than to be bored.
If your work feels beneath you, or monotonous and meaningless, try giving it everything you have like it’s the only thing you have.
He prefaces most chapters with an anecdote about his creative ventures, some of which were utter failures. He’s also good at one-line mantras: “This is where I start” (borrowed from a car rental lady in San Francisco), “Just this” (borrowed from Richard Rohr) and “What is the next right thing?” (which reminds me of Hemingway’s “one true sentence”).
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“Do you see your life as something you create?
Or do you see your life as something that is happening to you?
The blinking line raises a compelling question:
What are we here for?” p. 8
Rob Bell came to my attention when he published Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived . Although Bell comes from a different strain of Christianity, I liked Love Wins. It fits my theology. I believe that Jesus of Nazareth came to tell us about God’s love and that any Christ