First, let me say that I’m a huge Rob Bell fan (that is, if Pastors can actually have fans). I first heard him speak at Catalyst 2003 and have been listening to him every week since. I loved his first book “Velvet Elvis” and Sex God does not disappoint!
Honestly, every year I read a book that gives me a sad feeling when I’m done. Not because the book is bad. In fact, just the opposite. I find the book so riveting and yet I know that I can’t read the book for the first time every again. It’s the same feeling got when I saw The Matrix and Start Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the first time. It will never be new again.
Sex God is really not a book about sex. It’s a book about being connected to God and Rob uses the intimacy between a husband and wife as the metaphor to explore this theme. It’s a very easy read. As always, Rob give a ton of references to scripture, but also to books that are really helpful if you want to explore that particular theme further. The book has a lot that’s taken from Rob’s messages. So if you listen to Rob regularly, you may see some familiar themes. But he takes the conversation further in the book. That’s the great thing about writing, you aren’t being held to a 40-minute talk.
Here’s a few of my favorite lines from the book:
“We reflect what God is like and who God is.” (Page 19)
“It’s possible for heaven to invade earth. And it’s possible for hell to invade earth.” (Page 22)
“Our sexuality is all of the ways we strive to reconnect with our world, with each other, and with God.” (Page 42)
“One of the marks of someone who has experienced significant growth in their soul is their flexibility to live in the midst of tension.” (Page 61)
“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.'” (Page 62)
“There is something divine in your suffering. Somebody divine in your pain. You know how God feels.” (Page 107)
“At the heart of the world view of a Christian is the simple truth that people are worth dying for.” (Page 113)
“When a woman is love well, she opens up like a flower.” (Page 125)
So buy the book. You’ll love it!