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The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage

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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 Kristin 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. The Zimzum of Love ISBN: 9780062194244 Imprint: HarperOne On Sale: 10/28/14 Format: Hardcover
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    THE ZIMZUM OF LOVE A New Way of Understanding Marriage ROB BELL AND KRISTEN BELL   Copyright THE   ZIMZUM   OF   LOVE :  A New Way of Understanding Marriage.  Copyright © 2014 by WORB, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For information address Harper Collins Publishers, 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007.Harper Collins books may be purchased for educational, business, or sales promotional use. For information please e- mail the Special Markets Department at SPsales@harpercollins.com.Harper Collins website: http://www.harpercollins.comHarper Collins ® , ® , and HarperOne™ are trademarks of Harper Collins Publishers. FIRST   EDITION Designed by Terry McGrath Illustrations by John StevensPhotograph on page 120 by Carolyn Baas Library of Congress Cataloging- in- Publication DataBell, Rob.The zimzum of love : a new way of understanding marriage / Rob Bell. pages cmISBN 978–0–06–219424–41. Marriage— Religious aspects— Chris tian ity. 2. Love— Religious aspects— Chris tian ity. 3. Interpersonal relations. I. Bell, Kristen. II. Title.HQ734.B52193 2014248.4— dc23 201402352314 15 16 17 18 RRD(H) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1    CONTENTS PREFACE vii CHAPTER 1 WHAT’S A ZIMZUM?   1 CHAPTER 2 RESPONSIVE   21 CHAPTER 3 DYNAMIC   45 CHAPTER 4 EXCLUSIVE   73 CHAPTER 5 SACRED   97 EPILOGUE 113 QUESTIONS 123 ENDNOTES, COMMENTARY, AND A WORD FROM BOB DYLAN 129 THANKS 143
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