Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Love Wins by Rob Bell

So much controversy over this book before it was even read. People saw the promotional video on YouTube and claimed Rob Bell to be a Universalist and not a  believer in a literal hell.

Love Wins is Bell's contribution to the discussion on heaven, hell and what happens to us after we die. He offers suggestions from reading Scripture that many Evangelicals will have trouble grasping and resolving with the decades of their religious experiences/teachings.

Does Bell believe in hell? You'll have to read the book (or read someone else's review) and discover for yourself.

That is the point of this book; like many of Bell's earlier books, you will be encouraged to read and search and answer the questions he raises on your own.

Upon opening this book, you'll notice it is similar to Velvet Elvis, Sex God and Jesus Wants To Save Christians in the font and editorial style. You won't find the many footnotes that kept you flipping to the back of the book (typical of his earlier writings) in Love Wins. Everything is explained up front.

Complete with 8 chapters it almost feels like this book could have been longer with more substance to it. But I think this is a tool to jump-start a discussion.

You'll read what the Bible/Jesus says about heaven, hell and how God feels about humanity. I really liked the chapter titled, "Does God Get What God Wants?" Just that title alone perks the curiosity bar.

Be sure to catch what Bell says concerning Jesus claiming himself to be the way, the truth, and the life and that no one gets to the Father except through him. You may find his observation of that segment to be a different approach than you've grown up with.

There were a couple times that I wanted to jump up and disagree with his points, so at least I'm engaged in the idea. Bell likes to step just over the line of extreme and then quickly pull his toes back to "safety".

When you close this book I hope your faith is challenged and strengthened.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by HarperOne Publishing.
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

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