Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, And The Fate Of Every Person Hardcover – Mar 15 2011
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“In Love Wins, Rob Bell tackles the old heaven-and-hell question and offers a courageous alternative answer. Thousands of readers will find freedom and hope and a new way of understanding the biblical story - from beginning to end.” (Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity and Naked Spirituality)
“It isn’t easy to develop a biblical imagination that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ . . . Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination--without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction.” (Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of The Message and The Pastor)
“A bold, prophetic and poetic masterpiece. I don’t know any writer who expresses the inexpressible love of God as powerfully and as beautifully as Rob Bell! No one who seriously engages this book will put it down unchanged. A ‘must read’ book!” (Greg Boyd, senior pastor at Woodland Hills Church and author of The Myth of a Christian Nation)
“One of the nation’s rock-star-popular young pastors, Rob Bell, has stuck a pitchfork in how Christians talk about damnation.” (USA Today)
“Claiming that some versions of Jesus should be rejected, particularly those used to intimidate and inspire fear or hatred, Bell persuasively interprets the Bible as a message of love and redemption. . . . His style is characteristically concise and oral, his tone passionate and unabashedly positive.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Bell fights every impulse in our culture to domesticate Jesus [and] challenges the reader to be open to surprise, mystery and all of the unanswerables. . . . Bell has given theologically suspicious Christians new courage to bet their life on Jesus Christ.” (Christian Century)
“This attention-getter of a book ignited a heated popular conversation about whether God saves people like Gandhi or sends him and billions of other non-Christians to a fiery and painful place in the afterlife.” (Publishers Weekly, Best Books of the Year)
“Love Wins will make Christians re-examine their faith and will help them reclaim a vital and exciting vision of heaven and God’s love.” (Relevant)
“Bell is at the forefront of a rethinking of Christianity in America.” (Time magazine)
“One of the country’s most influential evangelical pastors.” (New York Times)
“This evangelical celebration of the love of God will open new doors for Jesus seekers fed up with the toxic hellfire and brimstone tirades of fundamentalist Christianity. As that happens, love wins again!” (Spirituality and Practice)
From the Back Cover
Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgment: Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Is this acceptable to God? How is this "good news"?
Troubling questions—so troubling that many have lost their faith because of them. Others only whisper the questions to themselves, fearing or being taught that they might lose their faith and their church if they ask them out loud.
But what if these questions trouble us for good reason? What if the story of heaven and hell we have been taught is not, in fact, what the Bible teaches? What if what Jesus meant by heaven, hell, and salvation are very different from how we have come to understand them?
What if it is God who wants us to face these questions?
Author, pastor, and innovative teacher Rob Bell presents a deeply biblical vision for rediscovering a richer, grander, truer, and more spiritually satisfying way of understanding heaven, hell, God, Jesus, salvation, and repentance. The result is the discovery that the "good news" is much, much better than we ever imagined.
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So, as much as I have tried to avoid getting too deeply drawn into the conversation before actually reading the book, I have to confess that I've heard a great deal of things and it's perhaps not possible to take things and set them aside completely. To the best of my ability though, here's what I saw as I read the book and then I'll make some comments following about my observations of the controversy surrounding the book.
Often times, when evaluating a review of a book, the views of the reviewer are as important to know as a point of reference. I am a former evangelical pastor and denominational worker who left formal ministry about 6 years ago for honorable reasons. Since that time, I've also left institutional church membership and am a proponent of organic or simple church. I have a degree in Biblical Literature and am fairly broadly read in several different veins of theology.Read more ›
What Rob confronts more than anything are our biases and traditions about who we believe will make it into heaven and who will not; views that stipulate that only a select few will be chosen for heaven, while the vast majority of people will be co-signed to eternal conscious punishment for the sins committed in the short few years they lived on earth.His response is multifaceted and covers a broad range of other possibilities that have been presented throughout church history.
Some have claimed that Rob is a universalist based on their reading (and in many cases their non-reading) of this book. Universalism is the idea that everyone will eventually find salvation through Jesus Christ at one time or another. Some take this belief to an extreme and say that even Satan will find salvation. However, Bell categorically denies this accusation and has made this abundantly clear throughout the text.
He writes that hell is a topic Jesus discussed time and time again and He used those moments to communicate the 'very real experiences and consequences of rejecting our God-given goodness and humanity' (73). Hell is the word we use to illustrate what happens when we continually decide to reject the good and beautiful life that God has for us.Read more ›
I really, really want to believe the perspective that Bell offers. Too many people have reduced this book to Bell claiming there is no such thing as hell. This is unfair and not true. Bell makes it clear that there is a hell'the real issue people have is how he defines and interprets hell.
Like I said, I REALLY want to believe Bell's book which is essentially a discourse on the love of God and how it works out through the gospel presentation of heaven, hell, forgiveness, the cross and more. I am not saying I disbelieve or disavow what Bell is saying'I simply need more. The line between truth and heresy is razor thin and Bell tightrope walks it on several occasions but in my opinion never actually falls into heresy.
As a pastoral letter (love letter really) I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Unfortunately Bell makes some extraordinary claims in his interpretation of hell. As we have heard before extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof and Bell simply doesn't offer it.
The first third of the book which focuses on heaven is well backed up by other writers such as N.T. Wright and Randy Alcorn. Most particularly Bell has the solid theological, hermeneutical and exegetical work of Wright holding him aloft throughout. The problem is no such work seems to exist to undergird his interpretation of hell. If there is he does not tell the reader.Read more ›
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typical Rob Bell..very thoughtful and provocative and hard to argue with his line of reasoningPublished 8 months ago by dr william m dobson
One of the best books about heaven and hell that I've ever read. Very well done!Published 17 months ago by Barry Murphy
I did not think the book was well written. There were some good analogies illustrating the gospel. But the whole idea that everyone will be saved in God's kingdom is not a Biblical... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2013 by Dave
Rob Bell it appears you have gone to the dark side... I would have to question if he even did a word study on Hell in the Bible when preparing to write this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2013 by OWEN C MARCHAND
loved it.......many years I have wondered about the things he writes about and I will refer to the book many timesPublished on June 6 2013 by merle dvorak
The Premise of this book is that many Christians have lost the plot of what it means to live a life of shalom (peace) as God intended. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2013 by Ryan McGuire