Luggage—Maybe a friend turned their back on you. Maybe someone you loved betrayed you. We all have wounds and we end up carrying around these things that people have done to us for weeks, months, and sometimes even years. It isn't always easy to forgive these people and after a while these hurts can get really heavy. So the only way to feel better seems to be somehow getting back the people that hurt us, to get revenge. But does revenge ever truly satisfy? Maybe forgiving isn't something you do for someone else to let them off the hook. Maybe forgiveness is about you. God didin't create you to carry these wounds around. God created you to be free.
Nooma is a revolutionary product that is changing the way people experience spirituality – a series of short films on DVD with a discussion guide. It's not a book or a cassette tape. And it's not a CD or a two-hour movie. It's a new format called NOOMA® – short films, between 10 and 14 minutes long, about God and our lives. Since its limited online release in November 2002, NOOMA has impacted millions of people. Because of this initial success and great potential, Zondervan has partnered with NOOMA to bring these films to the world. NOOMAs are appropriate for personal and small group settings, congregational meetings, and much more. Like parables, they use the experiences of our lives to teach about the fullness of life through Jesus, tackling issues like forgiveness, discipleship, and unconditional love. The study materials accompanying each NOOMA encourage meaningful discussion with relevant questions and biblical references. Rob Bell, a leading pastor and breakthrough communicator in the Christian community, is featured in the first series of NOOMAs.
Quite simply [NOOMAs] are the most powerful and culturally relevant
tool I have seen in the past decade to trigger thought and discussion
about Bible centered themes. And believe me I have seen, read and
listened to a fair old number of preachers, books, and DVDs. ...
Beautifully lit, tastefully filmed, in contemporary situations (like a
cafe or an airport arrivals lounge), with haunting original music, Bell
doeesn't shout - or even particularly raise his voice. There's no
language of Zion or Bible thumping rhetoric here. Instead, with his
clear tones and compellingly laid back style, Bell lets the power of the
illustrations he uses, the scriptures he quotes, and the relevance of
the words he speaks crash home.
- John, United Kingdom, Christianity Magazine
NOOMA brings Biblical stories to life in a way that's never been
- Josh, Australia
Just want you to know that I think your videos are the best thing I
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problems in life. It helped me remember that God loves my son, always
has loved him, and always will love him. And if God can love my son,
then so can I.
- Scott, United States