I feel that I have recovered a bit from the course now and have begun reading for fun again. I thought that I would write up a few reviews of the books that I have been reading.
I finished Sex God a while ago, so to be honest I can't remember some of the details. Perhaps this is a good thing as it will show me what parts have made an impression. I was looking forward to it a lot, as I think Velvet Elvis is superb. I quoted it so much during my course (along with Postmodern Ministry by Tony Jones and Mark Yac's Contemplative Youth Ministry)and often recommend it to, well, anyone who is listening, really.
The new book began excellently and I love the way he talks about humans carrying the divine spark, and having great value. I loved the way he talked about spirituality being tied up with sexuality. And some of his endnotes are hilarious... yeah, it WAS good. The problem is, I lost the thread somewhere in the middle and I obviously wasn't fully focussed as he seemed to be saying at the end that heaven was a mass orgy. I am 99% sure that Rob Bell didn't intend to leave his readers with this impression, so I am thinking that I took a wrong turn somewhere. It was possibly because he argues that we won't be married in heaven, and I'm not sure what I think of this.
My overall impression was that Bell has lived with Velvet Elvis for longer, and it therefore made a greater impact on me. However, perhaps it is just that I agreed more with his other book and my head was a bit fuzzy as I was reading Sex God! Rob Bell is a wonderful writer full of wisdom as well as being v accessible. I will recommend the book to the young people that I serve, but will continue to rave more about his first book.