Last night I finished Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell and Don Golden. In one sense this book was disappointing – having heard Rob speak I was expecting big things, it never quite seemed to deliver. Maybe this would have been better as an audio book, at times the writing is quite bizarre, with lots of very short sentences and paragraphs. I am not very good at English literature but the style did leave me feeling like I was reading a set of notes from a speaker rather than a deeply thought through book.
Using the story of the Israelites and their journey from Egypt (in slavery) to Sinai (how to live in freedom) to Jerusalem (how they failed) to Babylon (the consequences), Bell and Golden begin to outline how we as Christians, and the church, should live in this world and seek to change the world for the better. I appreciate the message of challenging Christians to live as Jesus called us to, rather than in our own insular worlds, but don’t think Bell and Golden conveyed it in an amazing manner.
Unfortunately I’d have to say this was an average read, but probably an amazing sermon series.