Drops Like Stars A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering In Drops Like Stars the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins explores the complex relationship between suffering and creativity Rob Bell One of the country s most influential evangelical pa

  • Title: Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering
  • Author: Rob Bell
  • ISBN: 9780062197283
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Drops Like Stars, the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins explores the complex relationship between suffering and creativity Rob Bell One of the country s most influential evangelical pastors New York Times suggests that art can be found in the agony of our lives Fans of the thought provoking works of Donald Miller, N.T Wright, Brian McLaren, and TimIn Drops Like Stars, the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins explores the complex relationship between suffering and creativity Rob Bell One of the country s most influential evangelical pastors New York Times suggests that art can be found in the agony of our lives Fans of the thought provoking works of Donald Miller, N.T Wright, Brian McLaren, and Timothy Keller will find true enlightenment in this thoughtful and engaging book from this vibrant, progressive voice for a new generation of Christians, the prolific pastor whom Time Magazine named one of the most influential people of 2011.

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    1. First, I read the book in 25 minutes. The bulk of the pages are filled with photographs or one sentence paragraphs. I didn't feel like the photography added anything to the "experience" of reading the book - but I'm mostly a left-brained thinker with occasional (short-lived) jolts of right-brained creativity, so maybe I didn't appreciate the art like someone else would. Basically, if Rob Bell had a blog then the content of this book would only amount to a few posts.Second, the content that IS in [...]

    2. If I had read this book a decade ago, I would have thought it was absolutely brilliant, but I can no longer say that.I liked the concept and the artistic nature of it. I liked a lot of the photography. I especially liked the bit about the experiment in the sculpture class in which students had to focus on either quantity or quality of works produced. That was brilliant.However, one of the primary themes of this book no longer jibes with me. Yes, it is true that pain, suffering, and heartache are [...]

    3. Rob Bell’s novel Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering is considered a coffee table book by trade, but it is not the usual large, spatial investment with pictures created to captivate and ensnare. He seeks to discover the art in the agony, and give the audience, “a few thoughts on suffering and creativity.” In his book, Bell explains in a raw and compelling fashion the six different “art forms” that suffering creates in a person. They are the arts of disruption, [...]

    4. The topic of this book is how suffering can enhance creativity. Not that the author puts it so directly. Instead he looks at scenarios of joy and grief, of life and death, both from Scripture and from contemporary times. He demonstrates how God can use our suffering to create something of beauty. Rob Bell also talks about art in its many forms and shows how it is often able to speak more clearly to its audience when the composer has suffered and struggled, both in the production of the work and [...]

    5. Short and to the point, yet Bell somehow manages to remain inspirational. Great read, wish it were longer.

    6. “Drops like Stars” is Rob Bell’s newest book. It’s the biggest, heaviest, but the shortest read compared to his other books. This is not a book to rush but to sit and think. Rob has caused people to question his theology. And it’s a valid thing to discuss but if you are reading this in order to prove Rob to be a heretic then I suggest you don’t read this. Because you will simply take art theory out of context and be making useless arguments that doesn’t do anything. We must remembe [...]

    7. Read this short coffee table book in about 30 minutes at Books-A-Million. I was hoping for more content, but from what I'd heard I wasn't expecting much more than what I got. The quick read was enjoyable, thought-provoking (wouldn't expect anything from Rob that wasn't), simple, yet profound. In writing this brief review what comes to mind are those little signs that you see in random stores that say "Simplify" (which in a way is somewhat contradictory to its message seeing that you have to add [...]

    8. I like Rob Bell, I say, having read this and Sex God. Might call this a kaleidoscope of ideas, or what's that other thing? A collage. Thoughtful profundities in an elaborate, over-sized, colorful, image-driven, text-light book. It's like 12" x 14." So I liked it and the art of it and the power of the minimal text on the gigantic page and most of all the reminders of the truths that matter, but I was definitely glad the library had a copy. My favorite snippets are these: 1. From Art and Fear by B [...]

    9. Rob Bell has written a book about creativity and suffering. And it is probably one of the most creative books on the market. Those familiar with Bell's writing style won't be surprised much by Drops Like Stars. It's the same streaming thought, minimalistic writing that one has come to expect from the Mars Hill pastor. But the new twist is photography. This book is filled with amazing photographs and has a very original design. The message of the book isn't bad, either. The book centers on suffer [...]

    10. "Drops Like Stars" by Rob Bell is a brief discussion of suffering and its role in creativity.The Good: It's Rob Bell's thoughts on creativity and suffering!The Bad: It's really, really short. Like, I-read-it-in-22-minutes short. It's not worth buying new.The Ugly: Did I mention it's short? I read one chapter in less than a minute. It's really short. Don't buy it. I'll lend you my copy, and you can give it back to me later that day after you have read the whole thing.I need to stop writing this r [...]

    11. I like rob bell regardless of the fact that we disagree on everything important and metaphysical. This book is beautiful,it isn't pushy, and it goes against the normal "Christian" explanation of suffering. I was impressed, although it seem a bit f a waste of paper seeing how it doesn't have so many words.

    12. This one is in my top three of Rob Bell books I decided to read it again. I like this quote he gives from Abraham Joshua Herschel, and the direction it's heading: "Above all, remember that the meaning of life is to live it as if it were a work of art. You're not a machine."

    13. Classic Rob Bell is still my favorite Rob Bell. Give this dude an opportunity to pair visuals with his written/spoken word, and he'll make it work every time. His benedictions never cease to give me chills. 4/5 drops like stars

    14. Quite a short book due to its artistic and "coffee table book" format. It's hard for me to dislike anything Rob Bell puts out there. With that said, this book lacks the groundbreaking, earth shattering material that his other books (that I've read so far) carry with them. From "Hell isn't real" (Love Wins) to "America is an empire and its fate is going to be the same as all other empires - destruction" (Jesus Wants to Save Christians) and his latest book that tackles a slew of misunderstood bibl [...]

    15. I can't remember if I would have given this 4 or 5 stars, but I'm always generous with Mr. Robell. As a layout enthusiast, I loved the way this read! The images were beautiful, as were the colors. Major props to the designer. It was a short read, only took about an hour or so, but very touching. It had simple ideas, nothing too ground-breaking, but was given to us in the famous Rob preacher voice that makes everything taste so good. I think my favorite thing is that this is one of those project [...]

    16. Strong Opinion: The best book I have personally read. Made me think about my life and what I want in life. Changed my life after I read it.Plot and Theme: This book is not a traditional book with plot and characters. It is a collection of stories of other people. Through hard times and even good times, you can get past things. Everyone has gone through tough times because of change or an event that occurs. It talks about how pain and suffering hurt the human spirit but it also creates life exper [...]

    17. Good Read. "A few thoughts on Creativity and Suffering." This is a book you must read for yourself. I won't give away any quotes but it is a book I will reread several times if you're looking for answers this is not the book for you but if you are wondering about some things this enhances the wondering

    18. Rob Bell has the ability to ask the questions few other Christians dare to even go near. While there is a huge stigma around this writer in the Christian world. I believe that his books are an important read.

    19. An engaging, thought-provoking little volume. Contains many thoughts Bell incorporates into other works and would serve as an excellent introduction to his corpus.

    20. I appreciated the artsy nature but wish he would've gone more in depth. He breifly introduces an idea and then moves on.

    21. Drops Like Stars is brilliant. As an artist and a Pastor (and an Arts Pastor), Rob inspired me to think again about the significance of creative endeavor. He stirred me again to consider the importance of suffering. As a gift. And God meets us in the suffering and He is reflected through us in our creative endeavor. It is one of the most physically beautiful books I've ever held, and the design compliments, illustrates, and propels these themes with a genius use of white space and well chosen co [...]

    22. I tend to doubt that preachers today are all that unique in their attempts to get us to think differently about God. Christians anytime and anywhere do well to quote Jesus’ favorite phrase: “You have heard it said… but I tell you…” Bell’s proto-hipster attempts to reform cultural ideas about God do, however, stand out for their liberal evangelism, distinctive narrative styling, and artistic imagination. Consider how few preachers could seamlessly include Hugh Gallagher’s brilliant [...]

    23. I went to Rob Bell's conference, "Drops Like Stars" in November 2009. It was another wonderful and enlightening session that always leaves me with a fresh perspective on not only religion, but life though ultimately the two are forever connected since "everything is spiritual." This book is a wonderful "highlight" of that session as it captures all of the main points, ancedotes, images, and questions from his teaching. Ultimately, the main focus is that suffering unites us. And he shows this foc [...]

    24. Bell's ruminations on the connection between creativity and suffering is not so much a "book" as it is a collection of short meditations, anecdotes, and photographs about that link. It's certainly not a theological text, nor is it as wordy as his previous efforts, which are still more stylized and terse than even many of his peers. Drops Like Stars is the kind of reflection that can be read almost in one sitting, though some of the ideas presented will need time to sink in. It seems that its use [...]

    25. 2 stars = "it was okay."First, I read the book in 25 minutes. The bulk of the pages are filled with photographs or one sentence paragraphs. I didn't feel like the photography added anything to the "experience" of reading the book - but I'm mostly a left brain thinker, so I could be biased. If Rob Bell had a blog then the content of this book would only amount to a few posts.Second, the content that IS in the book isn't really that great/helpful/eye-opening/insightful/etc. (insert your own adject [...]

    26. I remember reading this in '12 and remember liking it quite a bit. This was before I was really acquainted with Bell's theology. The advice that Bell gives, that suffering leads to creativity, is good advice, although a tad hackneyed.

    27. Had I read this book a week ago, this would have been my favorite of all Rob Bell's books. The message is deep and relevant, and the ful page photographs are beautiful. But knowing what I know now about Bell's theological beliefs, I found it very hard to enjoy the book. I wanted to enjoy the book as a work of art, but I kept noticing some strange theological themes. All of his books build on one another. His book VELVET ELVIS talks about how the bible needs to constantly be repainted to be relev [...]

    28. Drops like Stars is not like many books on anyone's bookshelf. as a matter of fact - it's dimensions make it difficult to literally fit on my bookshelf. it's more of a coffee table type book. filled with creative art and stunning photography with words sprinkled throughout, Drops Like Stars is author Rob Bell's attempt to connect creativity and suffering. in fact, the tag line says that: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering. that's just what it is a few thoughts stories anecdotes and what [...]

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