Monday, May 23, 2011

Coupland and Bell

Over the Easter weekend I was able to read Douglas Coupland's "Player One: What is to Become of Us?" and Rob Bell's "Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived;" the former being a mid-apocalyptic tale set amidst the crumbling narrative of our lives, the latter being a mid-apocalyptic tale set amidst the crumbling narrative of our lives.

Both Coupland and Bell are widely recognized as prophetic voices to those of us who Coupland himself dubbed "Generation X," and neither fail to live up to their role – making us uncomfortable with the here-and-now by pointing toward a bleak future should we fail to change our ways.

For those of you – like me – who find yourselves leaning toward Coupland's non-fiction I think you'll find Player One to possess a pace and tone as accessible as his essays, autobiographies and shorter works of reflection and I'd definitely suggest you give it a read.

As per the controversy Bell's book has brought to the surface of contemporary Evangelicalism – I can only hope Bell's poetic poking and prodding will encourage the Church to once again inhabit the space between Orthodoxy and Heresy; a space where mystery, doubt and the "unknowable" can often be found strengthening faith more than weakening it. (Of course, there's much to "work out" between the lines of Bell's prose, but that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's followed him over the years. )

All in all, I'd recommend both books highly.


Mike Todd said...

Love both these guys, love both books. Great idea to link them together.

James Kingsley said... was a fortuitous pairing for sure!