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Bestselling author and former pastor Rob Bell and his wife Kristen are releasing a new book that has been described as essentially an alternative to the Driscolls’ Real Marriage. From The Zimzum of Love’s official Amazon description:

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.

Bell, who left his church following the theological controversy surrounding his book Love Wins, has recently been featured on Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend speaking tour. Zimzum hits stores next month ... Discuss

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Production on a new talk show from author and former Mars Hill pastor Rob Bell will begin soon. The Love Wins author recently Tweeted a message to his followers, informing them that on “May 14th we're taping the first two episodes of my new television show and I'd love for you to be there.” He also provided a linked to where fans can get tickets to the “transformative and exciting series.” Back in 2011, Bell left the Grand Rapids church he founded and began working on a TV show with Lost producer Carlton Cuse. Though Stronger wasn’t picked up by a network, Bell later started developing a talk show, that is now, apparently going to be airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Winfrey is a noted fan of Bell—not only was he a guest on her Super Soul Sunday program in September, but he’s also been invited to be a speaker on her upcoming “Life You Want Tour” ... Discuss

Rob Bell will be out on the road as part of a new speaking tour. But unlike the intimate theater shows he used to host, his new platform will be in arenas around the country. Oprah has announced that Bell will be among the guests on her eight-city “The Life You Want Weekend” tour, kicking off this fall. In a press release, Oprah said, “All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space. I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it." Along with the former Mars Hill pastor and best-selling author, a group of “handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons” will be speaking along with Oprah during each “transformational weekend.” Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, “spiritual life coach” and reality star Iyanla Vanzant and Deepak Chopra are also among the speakers schedule to make appearances at select dates. On her website, the TV mogul has posted an epically-scored video describing the tour if you want to learn more about finding a, ummm, “gratitude space” ... Discuss

Former pastor and author Rob Bell has found a new fan in Oprah. The two recently sat down for a two and a half hour conversation about God, spirituality and Bell’s books that will eventually air on an episode of her “Super Soul Sunday” show on OWN. In a post on her website, she said,

"The ideas Rob sets forth in his books Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God opened my heart and my mind. People like him are the reason I set out to build OWN in the first place: to be able to gather a global community of like-minded seekers."

Bell’s latest book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, was recently named the first choice for "Oprah's Super Soulful Book of the Month." The network executive and talk show icon wrote, “When I first started reading it, I was highlighting my favorite passages, but then I realized—what's the point? I've marked every page! It just wowed me.” Currently, OWN has not said when Oprah’s interview with Bell will air … Discuss