Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Jesus Wants to Save Rob Bell's Paragraph Structure

Unlike most North American Christians, I only read my first Rob Bell book a few weeks ago. This is despite the fact that I work at a Christian bookstore. I also, shamefully, have not yet read The Shack. I did, however, finally take the time to buy a Rob Bell book for myself and see what all the fuss was about. I picked up Jesus Wants to Save Christians, since the back looked really interesting. And he did make some good points.

Really, he did.

But he has no grasp of proper paragraph structure.

None at all.

I understand that he's trying to get the whole conversational tone going, but I just could not look past the choppy paragraphs.


It was that bad.

[/my imitation of Rob Bell]

In all fairness, the book had definite potential. He made some good points and,while I don't agree with absolutely everything he said, he made me think. That was a good thing, but it wasn't enough to overpower the choppy paragraphs. Call it OCD if you'd like, but it bothers me. I also can't handle poor spelling or grammar in books. Don't they have editors for that sort of thing? (I, on the other hand, am just a blogger and therefore have an excuse :P) I will make myself finish it, and I will prayerfully ponder what I can do to live in a more socially just way. But if I ever write a book about it I'll make sure my editor knows what he (or she) is doing.

1 comment:

Joanna said...

He certainly has an interesting style. Velvet elvis (which i wouldn't recommend) was a bit like that too.