I spent the weekend of January 6th-8th reading Rob Bell’s book Sex God. This book explores the connection between human sexuality/spirituality and the image of God. Rob Bell writes in short and easy to understand thoughts and I believe he does a decent job of exploring the topic of sexuality in a decent manner. I like the authenticity & humbleness of Bell’s writing, how the book ends, the way the book is formatted, the design and layout of the book, and the many thought provoking questions. This book is not a how to marriage book but a birds eye view of sexuality….
Chapter 1 – The written diary of a soldier in WW2 who experienced a concentration camp. He gets a firsthand account of the inhumane treatment of the Jews and sees all the death and misery that comes along with it. Bell equates that with removing the ‘image of God’ from fellow humans. Also, the most beautiful part was when lipstick was given to the women inmates. The soldier was surprised that even among so much death that the women were using it and that even lipstick could give the women back their identity – powerful.
Chapter 3 – Angels & Animals – sex is biological and God wants us to be human…not act like animals or try to be saintly or like an angel. “When we deny the spiritual dimension to our existence, we end up living like animals. And when we deny the physical, sexual dimension to our existence, we end up living like angels.”
pg 94 – love is risky. It takes a risk…God is a risktaker.
Chapter 7 – Under the Chuppah – Honestly, this is my favorite chapter to date on marriage. I never understood the Jewish rituals associated with marriage but this chapter does a phenomenal job. The imagery is beautiful & powerful, the ceremony should remind us how God is married to us, how the family and guests will wait outside while the bride and groom have sex and then the marriage is official, all the way to the significance of the chuppah. I am blown away by what I was missing on the God’s view of marriage.