Monday, November 22, 2010

Sex God . . . In Review

Sex God
Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality
by Rob Bell

Must Read: This was such a fantastic book.  I picked it up because I was intrigued by the title.  I turned to the table of contents which produced more questions and still more intrigue.

Introduction: This Is Really About That
One: God Wears Lipstick. . .

. . . Eight: Johnny and June
Nine: Whoopee Forever
Epilogue: More Balloons, Please

See what I mean?  I could tell within a few pages that this would be a paradigm shifting book, and indeed it was.

Rob Bell starts out by introducing the concept of symbolism in our lives.  Material objects that mean more to us than what they are in and of themselves.  They draw their significance from the relationship that they have to something else that has significance to us: the person who made, gave, or used them before us, for example.  Then he begins to talk about us.  Our biology.  Our instincts.  He adds layer upon layer of symbolism until all of a sudden, we're talking about spirituality. . . and it makes sense!

The transition is elegant.  I didn't even realize when it happened, but by the end of the less than two hundred pages, the conversation had shifted.  In the last few chapters, it's a seamless fusion of humanity, biology, relational connection, and spirituality.  He has superimposed the human marriage onto the spiritual connection between man and creator.  The symbolism has never been clearer for me.

Rob Bell has a great writing style! It is unique: a string of vignettes, each building slightly on the last. He handles a delicate subject with skillful sensitivity. He leads the reader down a logical path to support his complex connections in such a fun way that you don't have to feel the weight of the subject matter.  You get to concentrate on the journey.  His thoughts are perfectly articulated and the subject matter is totally relevant. 

Oh, and the epilogue is the icing on the cake!

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*I borrowed this book from a friend.  I did not receive any compensation whatsoever for reading or reviewing it.

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