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Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die [Kindle Edition]

Bobby Conway
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Love Wins, the controversial bestselling book by Rob Bell, attempted to answer this question, which troubles nonbelievers and believers alike.  Because Bell challenged traditional, orthodox Christian views of hell and the afterlife, many were left asking:  “Are his ideas as reliable and hopeful as they sound? What does the Bible really say about hell?”

In Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die, Bobby Conway, a recognized authority on Christian apologetics, brings clarity to these serious life and death issues.  “Love really does win,” according to Conway, “but it’s through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”   

Based on a thorough examination of Scripture and a careful analysis of Rob Bell’s propositions, Conway delivers a compelling and concise explanation of hell, the afterlife, and a loving God.  The conclusion:  Everyone who believes and trusts in Christ has no need to fear the anguish of hell but can confidently anticipate the eternal joy of heaven.  

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About the Author

Bobby Conway is the lead pastor of Life Fellowship Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the founder and host of the web-ministry the “One Minute Apologist ( Bobby’s advanced degrees in theology and apologetics (ThM, Dallas Seminary and DMin, Southern Evangelical Seminary) equip him to provide insightful answers on issues of biblical faith. Bobby and his wife, Heather, are the parents of two children, Dawson and Haley.

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  • File Size: 172 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (June 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052FD3FM
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49 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a response June 26, 2011
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Well, OK, literally it is I suppose. The author clearly wrote this in response to Rob Bell and Love Wins but it is really simply a reaffirmation of a literal and fundamentalist view of hell. It does not engage Bell's thinking or intentions in any real way and a number of times flat out misrepresents his views.

The author insists on eternal conscious torment for the majority of humanity based on nothing more than a handful of verses and an insistence that this is what the church has always taught. He fails to wrestle with nature of the parables that Jesus used when talking of hell or the complicated nature of Revelation. He simply quotes a verse and insists it means only what he says it means and anyone who disagrees is not basing their theology on the Bible.

This type of book will persuade no one who doesn't already agree with it and is laughable in its inability to understand the audience Bell is seeking to reach. Lastly, while the author agrees there is more to the Christian faith than who gets in to heaven the entire premise of the book is that if you don't believe in eternal conscious torment for billions and billions of people you are undermining the gospel.

The author may want to be humble and gracious but he is offering nothing more than turn or burn theology. I certainly hope other book seeking to engage Rob Bell offer something more than theology by assertion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pick This One Up May 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I highly recommend this book if you have read Rob Bell's book, and really, even if you haven't.

If you are confused about the issue of hell, pick this one up. It is very straight-forward, and uses Scripture to teach us about hell instead of the author's opinions. Imagine that. The attitude of the author can be summed up by this quote from the book: "So we must ask ourselves, to which words will we entrust our eternal destiny--Bell's or the Bible's? Our first response always should be, `What does the Bible say?' Not, `What do I *want* it to say?' ... When we find our hearts rebelling against God's clearly defined Word, we need to ask ourselves, `Why am I resisting this?'" Ponder these thoughts, then read the book. It's a quick read, but has plenty of punch packed inside.

I was provided a copy from the publisher for review, however, was not required to give a favorable one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A "response" to Rob Bell's "Love Wins" more in conversation with the general audience, especially those who are not Christians, than really with Bell or the issues he brought up in the book.

The author attempts to keep the discussion accessible to most readers and does fairly well at showing a lot of the challenges with the arguments Bell makes for his position. Most of the "meta" issues are not addressed, but a lot of the particular Scriptures used by Bell improperly are clarified, and the author does well at showing how Bell does not really address God's holiness, justice, and wrath.

The author does well at showing how serious hell is and attempts to treat the issue with respect and humility.

The author's portrayal of heaven is questionable; Bell's presentation of the resurrection seems to be a bit more accurate (although even there some things are iffy). The appeal to the "plan of salvation" is a bit ironic; he mentions how many things are often neglected in discussing what is necessary to be saved, and then goes ahead and neglects baptism as necessary for salvation (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-7, 1 Peter 3:21).

If you are looking for a short discussion of the relevant issues that mostly handles the issues with respect, this is a good resource. It is no substitute for actually reading Bell's book so as to understand the opposing view, and it does not dig too deeply into the issue; that is handled in other books that have arisen.

**--book received as part of early review program
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good May 18, 2013
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Very good
The other reviews were right on and I am glad for them.
Great read!!!! Worth the time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff so far February 9, 2012
By Dan
Format:Kindle Edition
Confession from the outset - I had this as a review copy from the publisher, and then my phone was reset and I lost it about half way through. So, I did not get through the entire book. However, what I read did prove to be helpful.

Conway does not pretend that this is a book about the doctrine of hell, it is a book about "love wins" that inevitably speaks to the doctrine of hell. He speaks as one filled with grace and truth, never mocking Bell or diminishing him. Ultimately, he says "The most unloving thing I could do is hold out false hope or go mute about this awful, endless reality." The book itself does refute many of Bell's misapplications of scripture and shows a proper interpretation. He is not bashful in calling out what is wrong and seeking to correct those views.

Whether or not you have read "Love Wins," this is a helpful book to read to understand some of the faulty teachings on eternity floating around in the church and culture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hell Happens September 21, 2011
By Mr Woo
Format:Kindle Edition
It may be the title of my post bringing you here. I'm sure the word 'Hell' and Rob's name do a better job of that than calling this post 'A Book I Read'. However, I must let you know that I have not read Love Wins by Rob Bell. It's not that I didn't want to. It's not that I read a bad review and made up my mind from that. I just didn't...or haven't yet.

What I have read is Bobby Conway's Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die. As I said recently here, it makes a bit uncomfortable when people appear to be attacking someone instead of merely presenting their own viewpoint. So I imagine that Rob Bell may not appreciate the focus of this book. (Then again, maybe Hell and the people who die don't appreciate the focus either.)

I thought Conway did a good job of presenting the subject in a fair manner. He quoted from Bell's book several times. Then he presented his case using many scriptures from the Bible. It was a compelling argument, one that I happen to agree with. To be completely fair, since I have not read Bell's book, Conway could be accused of pulling quotes out of context. Somehow I doubt this is true.

I believe that Conway did a great job in presenting the argument in a manner that disagrees with Bell's stand but does not demean the person. He presented his case in a manner that was easy to follow and will be easy to reference. He also added video links at the end of each chapter to make this conversation easy to continue. Since Conway's book is on the shorter side, that is a very helpful addition for those who desire more.

I would recommend this book for any and all who want to be well informed on very important teachings of Jesus. After all, your life depends on it.

My good friends at Waterbrook Multnomah provided me a free copy on my Kindle. They asked that I review the book but did not coerce me to say nice things. You can buy a copy for yourself at (...)
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1.0 out of 5 stars what Bible is he reading?
"I hate it" are your words, not mine. Mine are "no basis of truth for what he claims, he twists God's revelation in His Word". Read more
Published 16 months ago by mcneillyfl
5.0 out of 5 stars An important and necessary response to Rob Bell's Book
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Published on October 22, 2011 by Harold Cameron
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Published on September 22, 2011 by Mark Spellman
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die by Bobby Conway
In keeping with the spirit of his YouTube channel, the One Minute Apologist gives a brief insight into the misguided nature of Rob Bell's newest book Love Wins. Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by Stuart Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for a Christian Apologist
Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die
Dr. Bobby Conway
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More About the Author

Bobby Conway grew up in California. As a young athlete and quintessential Californian the furthest thing from his mind during his youth years was God. In fact, Bobby never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ until he was nineteen years of age. While playing college baseball in Southern California, a teammate invited him to church to hear an evangelist by the name of Greg Laurie. After several visits to hear this evangelist and many questions later, Bobby was ready to give his life to Jesus Christ. This marked a moment of colossal change in Bobby's story. Bobby gave up the baggage from his past, let go of his vices and fully surrendered to live his life for Jesus Christ. Bobby has been quoted as saying, "The last job my buddies from the past would have ever imagined me doing is serving as a pastor or Christian apologist!"

After coming to Christ, Bobby plugged into a great church in Orange County, CA. It was during this time in 1996, where dramatic change began to take place in his life. As he was discipled in the Scriptures, he experienced incredible growth, freedom and joy which culminated in the Lord leading him toward a life devoted to ministry with the goal of planting a church. His life as a growing disciple of Jesus was to share the story of God's salvation to anyone and everyone with whom he came in contact. As he matured spiritually, he developed a deep thirst for Truth, apologetics, evangelism and discipleship and these would become pillars in his personal approach to ministry.

To prepare further for his calling, he moved to Arkansas to attend school. There he met and married his wife, Heather, whom Bobby describes as his "best friend." God prepared Bobby and Heather for the dream of starting a church by giving Bobby practical hands on experience through a leadership residency at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, an internship opportunity at Fellowship Bible Church North in Plano, Texas, and an associate teaching pastor position at a church in Conway, Arkansas.

After Bobby received his under graduate degree in Bible in Conway, Arkansas, he moved to Dallas where he earned his Masters of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary. From there, he would go on to attain a Doctorate of Ministry in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is currently researching out different Ph.D. programs and hopes to enter one in the near future. A voracious reader, Bobby enjoys pouring over books on theology, apologetics and contemporary issues.

Upon graduating from Dallas Seminary, he moved to Huntersville, North Carolina with a team of leaders who shared his passion for planting a church in the booming Charlotte Metrolina Region. In 2004, Life Fellowship Church was founded at the Havana Social Club and today it is a thriving church in that area. Life Fellowship enjoys a vibrant and growing ministry and currently meets at the Community School of Davidson where hundreds of people gather for their multiple Sunday services and Life University classes and then reconnect throughout the week in to meet in Life Group home fellowships. There is a spirit of excitement in the services as this spiritual family enjoy expository and substantive teaching, meaningful and contemporary worship and praise and practical training for doing "life" together.

Bobby is also the visionary founder and host of the One-Minute Apologist, a creative You Tube ministry designed to give quick answers to curious questions. Furthermore, Bobby is the author of the book, "Hell, Rob Bell and What Happens When People Die?" He is a conference speaker, radio guest and spokesperson about today,s most pressing questions.

Bobby and his wife Heather also serve on the Family Life "Weekend to Remember" marriage conference speaking team. Together they fly to major cities where they enjoy challenging and equipping married couples with tools for experiencing a God-centered marriage. Bobby,s hobbies include: spending time with his wife and two children: Dawson and Haley as well as working out and reading LOTS of books.

To learn more about Bobby's pastoral ministry visit and be sure to visit his apologetics website at

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