Love Wins: For Teens

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If God were throwing a party, would everyone be invited?

Or does God invite some and not others?

And if so, how does God decide?

Is it what you say?
Is it what you do?
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Overview

If God were throwing a party, would everyone be invited?

Or does God invite some and not others?

And if so, how does God decide?

Is it what you say?
Is it what you do?
Is it what you're going to do?
Is it who your friends are?
Or what your friends do?
Or what religion you happened to be born into?
Or where you live, or what you look like, or what you believe?

What if the idea of heaven and hell that we have been taught is not, in fact, what the Bible teaches? What if Jesus meant something very different by the concepts of heaven, hell, and salvation from how we've come to understand them?

And what if the answer to life's meaning is much better than we ever imagined?

In his teen edition of the bestselling book love wins, Rob Bell tackles all these questions in a way that addresses the real challenges of growing up in today's world. This is not just a book of questions and this is not just a book of answers.

This is a book of exploration.

This is a book of discovery.

This is a book about why love wins.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Anjeanette Alexander-Smith
Being an adolescent is hard—you have to deal with so many things. You have the "untouchable" complex; no matter what you do, you automatically assume you will walk away unharmed. As Bell mentions in the introductory chapter of this book, he allowed his friend to encourage him to ride a BMX bike while his friend shot a BB gun at him. Hoping that he misses, Bell ends up with a painful reminder of why his friend should not use Bell's butt for target practice. With this opening anecdote, Bell sets the tone of the book by using personal stories to shift adolescents' minds from their social and personal hardships to the big party to which God invites everyone. In a down-to-earth demeanor, Bell explains to adolescents how religious faith can help them interact and interpret their world. Bell's question-and-answer format makes his presentation of ideas simple to understand and more conversational than prescriptive. It can be read in one sitting, or readers can select different sections. Teachers can pair this book with classic novels that deal with faith and the consequences of actions based on faith. Adolescents could assume a character's persona, such as Hester Prynne or Abigail Williams, and explain how the book could interpret their fictional worlds. This book would be a wonderful addition to any library's self-help or teen nonfiction section. Reviewer: Anjeanette Alexander-Smith
Kirkus Reviews
Christian inspiration for dudes and dudettes. Hey, it's not complicated: God has invited you to a party! Distilling messages from his similarly titled book for adults (2011), Bell offers general attitudes for living a Christian life, rather than a specific set of rules, in a combination of prose, Q-and-A's and occasional free verse. He repeatedly rejects the validity of any "system of sin management" imposed by "spiritual bullies" or organized religions that limit free questioning or envision God as anything but loving. He also acknowledges the lure of risky behavior (with an anecdote featuring his butt cheeks and a BB gun) and the natural confusion that arises from seeing evil in the world--but promises that the party has already started right here and that God's love (which encompasses everyone, including atheists and non-Christians) is an open invitation to join the festivities. Using the parable of the Prodigal Son, he argues that it's all a matter of what kind of personal stories we tell ourselves and also that "[h]ell is being at the party but refusing to join it." Easily digestible, a little glib, but reassuring: "God is there, / standing there in the driveway, / arms open, / ready to invite you in." (Q&A with author; recommended reading) (Nonfiction. 13-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062221872
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 529,338
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Bell

Rob Bell is a bestselling author and international teacher and speaker. His books include Love Wins, Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars, and he was profiled in The New Yorker and TIME magazine as one of 2011’s hundred most influential people.

Biography

Reverend Rob Bell is a bestselling Christian author and the founding pastor of Mars Hill, a rapidly growing mega-church located in Grandville, Michigan. He is the featured speaker in the first sequence of NOOMA, a series of spiritual short films that investigate questions of faith and explore the world from the perspective of Jesus. In 2005, he published his first book, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, a fresh take on Christianity that emphasizes inclusiveness, flexibility, love, and forgiveness. His 2007 follow-up, Sex God, explores the connections between sexuality and spirituality and was described by Publishers Weekly as a book that "joyfully ties, and then tightens, the knot between God and humankind."

Bell and his wife, Kristin, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with their two sons.

Good To Know

A few interesting outtakes from our interview with Bell:

"I've never had a cup of coffee."

"A couple years ago, I hit my head doing a flip on a wakeboard and for three days I had to be told who I was and that I was married and had kids."

"The first time I shared the ideas for Velvet Elvis with a publisher, they were convinced that it was actually six books. I remember thinking, Six books? I don't know if I can even write one!"

"My boys and I are into any sort of board you can ride. Wakeboard, skateboard, snowboard, surf board, etc."

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    1. Hometown:
      Grand Rapids, Michigan
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 23, 1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lansing, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.S., Wheaton College, 1992; M. Div., Fuller Seminary, 1995

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