Book Review: Everything is Spiritual by Rob Bell

“My Grandma kept cash in her bra.” What a way to start out a book on spirituality!

Rob Bell is at it again with another soul searching book that encourages the reader to look inside themselves and see the spirit within them. He writes of quarks and molecules and all things that make up our very beings. His work reads like the reader is listening to him think aloud for all to hear. Yet, there is something intriguing about this that encourages one to continue reading. At times you wonder where he is going and then you all of a sudden end up at a point you would have never expected.

Bell makes many leaders in the church uncomfortable as he addresses many of the topics that we as pastors are afraid to discuss in our own congregations. The interconnectedness that he writes about in all of creation is the very essence of spirituality.

He shares the journey from his time growing up to starting his own mega church, which he despises that term, to his current life in Los Angeles. The journey that God has led him on has shaped who he is and the Rob Bell that interacts with the reader in Everything is Spiritual.

Stop and think about the title for a moment. Everything is Spiritual. That is an incredible thought that plays out in a quick reading book of 300 pages. If you know Rob Bell books, it is not like your 300 page novel or typical memoir. It is written in though strands with no chapters. I leave you with this observation by Bell to contemplate:

We’re made of thingness,

we have life,

we have minds,

and also we have


As soul is real,

just as real as your skin and bones.

The mind thinks,

the soul knows.

By Alex Steward

I am a husband, father, and pastor within the ELCA. I did not grow up in the church and thus come at this pastoring thing with an unique perspective.

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