As he revolutionized traditional teaching on hell in the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Love Wins, Rob Bell now transforms how we understand and practice marriage in The Zimzum of Love, co-written with his wife, Kristen.
Despite the divorce statistics, people are still committing to each other, instinctively believing and hoping that theirs is a sacred union that will last forever. Yet when these couples encounter problems, they often lack the resources that keep them connected to this greater mystery surrounding marriage.
Rob and Kristen Bell introduce a startling new way of looking at marriage, The Zimzum of Love. Zimzum is a Hebrew term where God, in order to have a relationship with the world, contracts, creating space for the creation to exist. In marriage, zimzum is the dynamic energy field between two partners, in which each person contracts to allow the other to flourish. Mastering this field, this give and take of energy, is the secret to what makes marriage flourish.
Rob and Kristen Bell are brutally honest about their own struggles, their ups and downs, as together they pass along what matters most for couples. In this wise book, they explore the secret of what makes a happy union—probing the mystery at the heart of the extraordinary emotional connection that binds two people. With his down-to-earth charm, a dose of whimsy, and memorable stories, Rob, writing with his wife Kristen, changes how we consider marriage, providing insight that can help all of us create satisfying and sacred unions of our own.
Rob Bell (Love Wins) and his wife, Kristen, have a way with words in their first marriage book. The Bells use Hebrew terms like echad and zimzum, relational terms like "responsive," "dynamic," "exclusive," and "sacred," and their own intimate back-and-forth dialogue to reveal the mysteries of marriage, love, and divine connection. They also use simple sketches stick figures, circles, and arrows to diagram the entanglement that exists between partners, one that reflects "the divine love that flows throughout all creation." More than anything else, the Bells wield their heartfelt words and honest voices to cheer on couples of all kinds who want to build devotion and intimacy. This is a "feel good" book, but not because it skirts the issues, but precisely because it delves so deeply into them, illuminating a path to wholeness and warmth for the sake of the world. It invites readers to love their partners and the bedazzling existence they share and create together. Married or not, read this book.
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This is not a Biblical book.