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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006208335X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062083357
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Bart Breen TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 23 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm rarely intimidated approaching a book review. However, this book presents some unique challenges, many of which have very little to do with the book itself. This book has become something of a lightening rod for both opponents and proponents of a particular form of universalism that it was reported to contain, by some prominent critics of Rob Bell, based upon their viewing a promotional video and before they read the book. There's a great number of people who have drawn conclusions about this book, the author Rob Bell, and what the book is or is not saying, and a remarkable number of those people have not read the book themselves either. That's the way things are. Issues of public attention like this take on a life of their own.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Clear on Jan. 27 2012
Format: Hardcover
Not knowing in advance that this was a controversial book in some settings I set out to hopefully be encouraged that indeed 'Love Wins'! The content was interesting and the author makes some good points, not all of which I agree with but that's not an issue. He makes use of a lot of creative thinking to help us understand where he is coming from. However the paragraph structure and writing style was distracting so became more of a hinderance than a vehicle to well articulate points to me. I didn't always understand the short paragraphs and all the question marks. But hey that's just my journey. I suspect it is written in a style very conducive to popular culture. My daughter would probably fly through it! Thought provoking.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Chu TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 28 2011
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Rob Bell has done us all good by reminding us that God is kinder and gentler than most of us portray him. I think the naysayers tend to focus on a couple of points of disagreement and throw the baby out with the bath water.
Rob asks some provocative questions throughout this book. These questions are in the back of many Christians' minds, but sometimes the answers from the conservative side of Christianity can be accusatory and defensive, so that many are afraid to ask. Rob Bell asks these questions on behalf of those who have been intimidated by the conservatives, and provides some answers that reveal a less harsh and judgmental God than some conservative Christians would have us believe.
I'm sure many who criticize this book have not yet read it. For these people, I suggest that they do read it and pay attention to the questions that may be outside their doctrinal comfort zones, and confront them biblically, rather than depending on what others have said about the book and the doctrines.
I give it a 4-star rating because there are a few places where I think the author pushes the reasonable understanding of the Bible a bit, and I don't like the style of the writing. I am unprepared, however, to throw the baby out with the bath water, and I appreciate his message of a gentler and kinder God that is well grounded on the Bible.
This is a must read for those who are wondering whether the Bible really teaches a God who is interested in throwing the vast majority of humanity into a fire and brimstone hell, and favours a relatively few with eternal bliss simply because they have encountered and received Jesus Christ in some prescribed way during their earthly lives. The reader may or may not agree 100% with "Love Wins", but the questions in the book are legitimate and should be considered with care with the Bible close by for reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25 2011
Format: Paperback
You have to be tolerant of other peoples view. We do not all have the same understanding of Gods word. The Lord knows that and that is good. However the points the Author brings out in general are very good.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Cantelon TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 7 2011
Format: Hardcover
Love Wins is the most compelling, compassionate, grace filled presentation of the Gospel I have ever seen. It is a pastoral letter from a concerned leader who wants to offer hope and correct what he sees as a wildly off course perspective other churches and leaders have been offering that has become damaging to the church as a whole and people.

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.
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