Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading around the web.
Book Review of the Week
The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage, Rob and Kristen Bell. Reviewed by Dave Harvey. Here is an incisive and masterfully written book review of Rob Bell’s latest offering—and of Rob Bell’s ministry in general. An illustrative excerpt:
“In Love Wins Bell introduced us to his ‘new’ way of understanding heaven and hell. At least he used the Bible. In The Zimzum of Love, the Bells reference the Bible a total of three times, one of them being a reference to John 3:16 signs at football games (25). But then, why ground ideas in the Bible when ‘zimzum’ offers so much uncharted territory for authorial exploration? And this is where Rob and Kristen blast off from planet Christianity for galaxies unknown.”
“The result? A ‘spiritual’ book that commends the ethics of Christianity but appears ashamed of their source (Luke 9:26). Biblical ideas without scriptural grounding—water with no spring, heat with no sun, liberty with no law (James 1:25). Never mind ‘rightly handling the word of truth’ (2 Tim. 2:15); Bell makes little effort to handle it at all.”
“I’m not exaggerating. If Christianity were outlawed and a mob amassed to burn Christian books, The Zimzum of Love would not be at risk.”