Thinking Out Loud

November 9, 2010

Rob Bell — Drops Like Stars — The Video

It’s been over a year since I reviewed the over-sized coffee table book, Drops Like Stars by Rob Bell; a review of a book where the format left me somewhat puzzled and where I eventually retreated to quoting other bloggers‘ treatment rather than forge ahead with my own.

Fourteen months later, I am delighted to report that the video is a much more focused product and a much more satisfying experience.   We sat through a non-stop viewing of all 2 hours and 5 minutes of this electrifying lecturesermonperformancemessage, presentation.   Whatever you call what he does, this is Rob Bell at his best.

And did you note the length?   The video Everything is Spiritual was 70 minutes, while The Gods Aren’t Angry was 90 minutes; but this time around Bell pulls out all the stops and passes the two hour mark — sans notes — in a way that keeps the audience riveted to their seats.

The subject matter crystallizes here as well.    While everyone else is writing as to the “why” God allows suffering; Bell starts farther down the road and takes our crisis situations as a given, and then asks the question, “So what do we do next?”    He proposes five areas where there are “gifts” which may be imparted to us for that part of the journey.

I know there are people reading this who find the prospect of a two hour sermon rather daunting, but I would suggest you simply don’t know Rob Bell.   For those who find him somewhat controversial, I looked, and found this presentation more palatable to those kept awake by fears of doctrinal contamination.

I think that the video presentation also will connect strongly with people who have a bent for fine art or sculpture or literature or music; as the arts play heavily into Bell’s illustrations, analogies and quotations.

But the supreme connection here will be made with people who find themselves in crisis, or in a valley; or are slowly emerging from one.

The Drops Like Stars Tour Film is now available from Zondervan on DVD at $19.99 U.S.   The large coffee table book has now been released in paperback, also at $19.99 U.S.   His next book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and Every Person Who Has Ever Lived releases on April 1st, 2011.


  1. is the love wins book a joke? april 1st? where did you hear about this?

    Comment by john — November 12, 2010 @ 11:57 am

  2. oh i found it! it’s called “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived”

    published by harpercollins and not zondervan like his last 4 books. interesting.

    Comment by john — November 12, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    • There’s two possibilities. They either:

      (a) want to put it out under the Harper imprint so that Bell can reach a wider audience; or
      (b) Zondervan is tired of fielding complaints and concerns about Bell’s orthodoxy.

      Or both. (Harper owns Zdv.)

      As to the date; I’m not sure what they’re suggesting with the April Fool’s Day (!) release, since that’s a Friday, and most book releases go out on Tuesday.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — November 12, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

      • Zondervan gets tons of complaints I’m sure. I doubt it’s that. Maybe the contract was just for 4 books. That would be sweet if because it’s HC it’s not in the Christian section, though.

        Also, a lot of the online bookstores have the release date in March.

        Comment by john — November 12, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

  3. here is what eugene peterson said about his Rob Bell’s new book – Love Wins

    “In the current religious climate in America, it isn’t easy to develop an imagination, a thoroughly biblical imagination, that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ in all people and all circumstances in love and for salvation. Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination. Love Wins accomplishes this without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction in its proclamation of the good news that is most truly for all.”

    – Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of The Message

    Comment by loveprovidence — December 9, 2010 @ 1:27 am

    • Peterson’s endorsement is good to hear. I know there are advance manuscripts floating around for reviewers to consider already.

      I had one of those “wishes to remain anonymous” phone calls from someone in the industry who said that yes, there were concerns at Zondervan that result in the present publishing situation. However, RB fans can take comfort in the fact that Billy Graham’s autobiography was published by Harper San Francisco (now HarperOne). Dallas Willard and Richard Foster also have books with Harper.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — December 9, 2010 @ 10:12 am

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