A former evangelical pastor and bestselling author offers a new exploration of faith, mining the endless dynamic questions and connections that have shaped his life to provide powerful insight into understanding your purpose and place in the world.
Bell takes his widest angle yet on the nature of life, mixing those questions with humor, humility, family history and—surprisingly—a hefty dose of quantum physics. It's an odd combination, but (as the title suggests) it's all connected, and it all speaks to living as a human being on this vexing, beautiful planet ... Bell's story, in both form and content, is not remotely linear. Like the swirling galaxies that have earned his abiding curiosity, the narrative twists back on itself, returning again and again to those enduring questions. Bell is less interested in answers than he is in diving into the complicated layers of life and love, and learning to embrace every bit of his own story ... The Bell who appears in these pages is thoughtful, fun-loving, whimsical and kind. Most of all, he is held in thrall by a deep curiosity and wonder: about the universe, the world, the human heart, and every single story that might possibly shed the tiniest bit of light on any of the above.
He is an expert at identifying and making sense of paradoxes, whether referencing the continuity of generations or the fragility of maintaining relationships ... Bell looks at the world, at the universe, with both childlike wonder and insatiable curiosity. A lovely, poetic meditation on what brings us together.
Pastor Bell...attempts to cover a lot in this semiautobiographical look at the meaning of life—and that’s part of the problem. Written in Bell’s signature poetic style, the work is at its best when examining his family of origin and its history of unacknowledged grief, which has had far-reaching generational effects. Bell’s subsequent storytelling about his career arc, including his ministerial rise and fall, lacks the intensity of the early part of the book and proves less engaging ... While...Bell’s focus on the power of and necessity for love is reassuring, the abstract quality of the prose might lose some readers. Bell’s use of line breaks for emphasis when making his points can also grow tedious ... A sincere but not particularly compelling effort.