- Publisher: HarperOne
- Format: Hardback | 202 pages
- Dimensions: 149mm x 216mm x 28mm |
- Publication date: 15 March 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 006204964X
- ISBN 13: 9780062049643
- Edition statement: Firsttion.
- Illustrations note: illustrations
- Sales rank: 17,217
Bestselling author Rob Bell returns with a provocative new book which gets to the heart of questions about life and death. His perspective, encapsulated by his famous slogan 'love wins', will surprise and challenge both Christians and atheists, and will inspire people of all faiths and none. Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgement: 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. Love wins.
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By jeff 02 Jun 2011
This is a pretty good book, I heard there were a lot of rumours and statements being made about Bell even before the book came out. This was due to his trailer, which Bell thought it was unfair. However, people did assume correctly, he pretty much writes a book on the brink or pure universalism.
In terms of the book itself, I would not buy it. Waste of money. It has many many gaps between the sentences, and with Bell's artsy speaking style, he can go through half a page without saying any facts (just gets your emotions worked up by it). He does have some good arguments, however, he doesn't do a good job at refuting many of the "traditionalist" claims of Christendom. I find that he does more thinking and speculating than actually teaching or making a strong argument for his own point. It's not wrong of Bell to bring this issue up, he is from a church, not a cult, however, he doesn't have strong enough tradition or scripture basis for his teaching and gets too philosophical.
Overall, a good book and gives one food for thought, but borrow this book instead of buying it. If you do buy it, lend it to a friend. It only takes 1-2 hours for a speedy reading to get through it.
By stuart 21 Apr 2011
this is an enjoyable book to read, rather strangely laid out with big gapes through-out ,Rob Bell is clearly a man who has a loving heart towards those he has under his wing [read the book] but I wasn't entirely sure if
''love wins'' or not, as those who have done nothing but attack him have been quick to label him !, something he seems to want to avoid , but I certainly get the impression from the gist of his book that love does indeed win , he leads you along and at points you think here we go he is going to drive the point home but he never really does that ! but certainly points you in that direction. he addresses some of the universal reconciliation biblical texts and lightly touches on some of the arguments in that direction even some of the historical support ,but I felt the book lacked punch , this is well worth reading and hopefully this will indeed open up larger amounts of Christians to universal reconciliation and just how valid biblically and logically it really is ,but for those who really want to know if ''love wins'' read the breathtaking ''the inescapable love of god'' by Thomas Talbott.
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"