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God Wins: Heaven, Hell, and Why the Good News Is Better than Love Wins Paperback – July 19, 2011

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Does a loving God really send some people to hell?
Love Wins has sparked a national discussion about the ultimate fate of human beings that has gotten people asking a lot of questions. In God Wins, Mark Galli, senior managing editor for Christianity Today, examines the various questions raised by the book Love Wins . . . and what the Bible says and doesn’t say about these issues. Mark maintains that “Love Wins” isn’t deep or rich enough—and that there is even better news for humanity. God Wins. This book explores the biblical concept of what “God Wins” means, and compares and contrasts that idea with the issues raised in Love Wins. With a small-group discussion guide featuring relevant Scripture passages, God Wins is perfect for both individuals and groups seeking clarity concerning these crucial—and eternal—questions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414366663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414366661
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jonathon D. Burns on July 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
God Wins by Mark Galli
*please note that I have read Love Wins, though I have not reviewed it at this time.

As soon as Rob Bell's Love Wins was first announced, a huge fury of criticism rose against him. Many acted as if they knew exactly what Rob was going to say based purely on the title, subtitle, and a short teaser trailer. The book's release served to fuel the criticism of some, but it also caused people to think and engage with new ideas. Not everyone who read the book agreed with Rob Bell, but not everyone who disagreed with him harshly criticized him. In the wake of Love Wins, it seems publishers decided to hit on a potential goldmine by releasing books responded to Love Wins. God Wins, by Mark Galli, is one such book.

Subtitled, "Heaven, Hell, and Why the Good News is Better than Love Wins," Mark seeks to provide a discussion concerning ideas brought up in Love Wins, and he does so with love. Unlike some of Rob Bell's more vocal opponents, Mark is gracious and instead of trying to judge Rob, he breaks down Love Wins to examine the ideas closely. This was an instant plus for me, especially considering that every time I turn on the news I hear politicians bickering with each other over whose fault a problem is and how to fix it. Bickering, fighting, and aggressive disagreement is unfortunately too common today. Mark not only seemed like someone who I would enjoy having lunch with, but he seemed like the kind of guy who could have lunch with Rob Bell and get along perfectly well.

Mark admits that he likes much of what Rob has to offer. Many descriptions in Love Wins of God are often beautiful and thought provoking.
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I've been following the controversy over Rob Bell's Love Wins for a while now. I think Mark Galli's God Wins is a better response to Rob Bell's book than Erasing Hell was, mainly because God Wins seeks to offer an alternative image of who God is. Erasing Hell made the effort to attack Love Wins on the historical and Scriptural level, while God Wins recognizes that the attractiveness of Rob Bell's vision is not the flawed exegesis but the vision of a beautiful world, loved irresistibly by a passionate God. People don't necessarily care about universalism because they think Christian history and theology demand it, they care about it because they have a hard time reconciling a loving God with the existence of an eternal place of torment.

God Wins attempts to answer this concern by coming up with an alternative vision of the one presented by Bell. As he says early in the book, "as we dig deeper into God's Word, we discover it is less important that love wins than that God wins. The purpose of this book is to explain that crucial difference" (xiii). Galli argues that there is a difference between questions that trust in the goodness of God and others that demand a sign from God, as if God is on trial and we are the judges. Much like Job did, we expect that a good God has to give us good things, and when our lives fall apart, we put God on trial. Galli claims that because God doesn't seem eager to answer Job's persistent questions "suggests that all our questions about God's wisdom and justice and love may not be all that important to God in the end - or at least not as important as other things." (12).

Galli's basic argument is that "the idea of love in Love Wins tends to come across as beautiful and exciting - but ultimately thin and sentimental.
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I purchased this book. My review was unrequested. While I favor Tyndale, finding the people who work there and who daily engage on social networks to be of the best kind, but I have found that this book is poorly written.


Mark Galli spent 22 years as a journalist and has served as a pastor. He has an MDiv and as has completed some PhD work, although I am unsure in what field. He is a Christian, an Evangelical, and more than likely, although never fully expressed in God Wins, coming from (or going to) a very Reformed tradition. He is an author of several books, and respected in his field. I can respect the work that Galli has done in the name of Christ for his tradition, and indeed others with his work at Christianity Today. Yet, in this work, we find the pitfalls of having an market idea and then trying to build a book around it. Billed at the "first market response" to Rob Bell's Love Wins, published earlier this year by HarperOne, God Wins more than likely will soon vanish from our memories, due to it's lackluster writing style and the almost purposed method of the author to miss or to misstatement Rob Bell's point.

There is something to be said about trying to refocus the issue of Salvation on Christ, something which I think that we lack today; however, the point of Bell's book is not so much about attaining salvation, but about not judging others and understanding one's role in salvation. Galli never seems to answer Bell, but instead talks past him, trying to focus on the media-hyped Love Wins instead of Bell's Love Wins. This is a major problem for Galli, as for those who have read Bell's book, and I of course mean actually read it, Galli's response seems to often times be misdirected.
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