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Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

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Ultimately does Love Win? (a real review by someone who has read the book)

Would a loving, all powerful, God sentence human souls to infinite torment and suffering for something they did in a finite amount of time? What about a child who grew up and never had the chance to get to know this loving God? What about a person who is repulsed by tho...
Would a loving, all powerful, God sentence human souls to infinite torment and suffering for something they did in a finite amount of time? What about a child who grew up and never had the chance to get to know this loving God? What about a person who is repulsed by those who claim the name of Jesus but, live a life closer to his teachings than some of his followers do?

Many people in the evangelical world find Rob Bell's style of asking more questions than giving answers unsettling. The idea that Bell might suggest something different than the modern "turn or burn" and "hellfire and brimstone" evangelism has caused quite a stir, including making Rob bell a trending twitter topic.

Weather you agree with Rob Bell or not it's is hard to deny that he has the power to reach an extremely large audience. In his latest book, Love Wins, he uses this ability to ask serious questions that deeply affect the faith of, well "Every Person Who Ever Lived."

The book is masterfully written to engage the reader with serious questions and help folks wrestle with real issues. It is not a new highly developed theological stance or a break from Bell's core convictions. However, it is a far different point of view on the bible and Christianity than the one painted by most evangelical Christians today.

With searing insight, the book puts heaven and hell under the microscope, and the message is decidedly hopeful. Yes ultimately Love Wins!

*This book has been endorsed by Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of The Message and Greg Boyd, senior pastor at Woodland Hills Church and author of The Myth of a Christian Nation*

posted by Tom_B on March 4, 2011

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25 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

False Teaching

I can understand the non-Christians liking this book because it does tickle the ears and remove some of the uncertainty out of things eternal. But for those of you who say you are Christian and have a relationship with God which should include fellowshipping with Him in...
I can understand the non-Christians liking this book because it does tickle the ears and remove some of the uncertainty out of things eternal. But for those of you who say you are Christian and have a relationship with God which should include fellowshipping with Him in His Word and prayer, and have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit should have a little more discernment and be able to see this does not line up with the God breathed scriptures of His Holy Word. Biblical views of God, salvation, heaven and hell are not really challenged through argument but are dismissed through a series of rhetorical questions that caricature conclusions that most Christians have historically maintained on the basis of looking at relevant passages. He constantly contradicts himself throughout the whole book and ends every question with what kind of "god" would do this or what kind of "god" would do that? I guess Rob Bell's "god" and anyone elses "god" who would believe this wolf in sheeps clothing. It sure isnt the GOD of the Bible.

posted by jude3-4 on April 1, 2011

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Read the Bible for yourself

    I have a great respect for Rob Bell and only wish the best for him. His greatest gift to me has been in pushing me to think outside the norm, so that I can hold to the truths of scripture with confidence. However in this newest book he has espoused and ideal that can only be defended by using verses out of context and not providing a full picture of God who has other characteristics besides love - and all of them perfect including perfectly just.
    If you read this book, read every scripture quoted in the larger context (usually the complete book) in the book in which it was written

    15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Please be careful

    We are to work out our salvation "with fear and trembling"; Jesus speaks of Hell more than anyone else does within the Bible. I would recommend reading The Shack by William P. Young, if you are looking for a new perspecive on Jesus.

    9 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Disappointed

    I have enjoyed Rob's teachings in the past but I was very disappointed with "Love Wins". He asks more questions than he answers and I found myself disagreeing or simply unsatisfied with his answers. I believe "Love Wins" can stimulate good conversation about the nature of God and our relationship with Him. But I question the validity of the theology being presented.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Sloppy Theology

    I was sadened when Rob Bell wrote this book giving merit to the view that hell might not be eternal or not exist all together, because I grew up watching his NOOMA videos at youth group. But to be fair he did not say there IS no hell or hell IS NOT eternal, but gave merit to such views saying it is ok for a christian to long for a universal reconciliation of all people. There are things that one can struggle with while having view of scripture as the word of God, but an eternal hell is picture perfect in the bible; Matthew 24:46 says "these will go away into eternal punishment but the righteous into eternal life"...and to be even more certain the word "eternal" is the same word in the greek for both life and punishment. Pray for Rob Bell.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Now quite sure what the point was

    After finishing this book, I have to say that I am not quite sure what Rob Bell was really going on about.

    There were a lot of talk about what heaven might be and what hell might be. There were a few stories from the Bible, but in the end, I didn't close the book feeling as though I gained any new insights.

    To take one aspect of God and elaborate on just that one aspect is a little dangerous. God is love, but why is it so difficult to believe that He is also wrath? In a way, I felt that this book pushes God into a box and wraps Him in the pretty paper the author wants him to be.

    There are some interesting points in the book, but in the end there wasn't much that I could take away. Also, I was a bit put off by the writing style. It kept jarring me out of the narrative and I had to put it down many times before finally pushing through to the end.

    If you want questions with hardly any answers, then Love Wins is the book for you.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Erasing Hell

    I would suggest reading Erasing Hell by Francis Chan along with this one...we all need both sides of an issue before making life altering eternal decissions on our convictions.

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