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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781405726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781405720
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With a pastor's heart and a strong Biblical grasp, Brian Jones shows the importance of having an eternal perspective for today. Hell Is Real will challenge you to reconsider the Bible's teaching on this important topic and to work out the practical implication for our lives. Compassionately written and intelligently argued, this is a message we should all wrestle with and take to heart."
- Jud Wilhite, author of Throw It Down and senior pastor of Central Christian Church, Las Vegas
 
"Brian Jones is a courageous voice of truth, grace, and love. His writing always challenges me and his life inspires me. This book moves me, as it will you. It will be a significant tool for our dialogue on an important subject. The stakes couldn't be higher."
- Gene Appel, senior pastor, Eastside Christian Church
 
"In a time when many are trying to do away with hell, Jones accepts its reality without compromise and shows us Biblically why we must do the same. In addition, this book comes straight from Jones' heart. In it we are confronted with sound doctrine, but are also moved by the author's personal testimonies and by the abundance of illustrative ministry experiences that appear throughout. Jones not only effectively convicts us of the 'apocalyptic urgency' of warning sinners about hell, but also gives very down-to-earth lessons on how to evangelize. I hope every Christian reads this book, and every preacher uses it as a sermon resource."
- Jack W. Cottrell, professor of Theology, Cincinnati Christian University

From the Back Cover

Eternal Damnation, Really?
 
The first four years that Brian Jones was a pastor, he had a secret: he didn’t believe in hell. Today, he shares his story of discovering that hell exists—and why we’re afraid to believe in it.
 
Are you one of the many Christians who doesn’t believe in hell or is not convinced your non-Christians friends will end up there? Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) will change your mindset for good—and inspire you to do something about it. Drawing on the teachings of Jesus, Jones will lead you into a head-on collision with what he calls apocalyptic urgency. This all-consuming conviction that hell is real will not only strengthen your faith; it will also free you to share good news with others that will change their lives—now and forever.


More About the Author

Brian Jones is the Senior Pastor at Christ's Church of the Valley. Today more than 2,000 people call CCV their spiritual home.

Brian is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div). For twenty-two years Brian has been married to "that cute little girl with the big brown eyes" he met in fifth grade church camp. Now he and his wife Lisa have three little girls of their own. You can find out more about Brian's writing at www.BrianJones.com, www.Facebook.com/BrianJonesBlog, and on Twitter @brianjonesblog.

Customer Reviews

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I went through a lot of different emotions while reading this book and parts of it left me feeling very convicted.
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This book is tremendous and a must read for every dedicated (and lax Christian).
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By C. Mcknight on March 5, 2013
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I've been doing a lot of study recently in eschatology--specifically, the nature of hell and eternal punishment. Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) intrigued me, because Brian Jones once rejected the belief in hell (while he was a pastor), but now he embraces it. Surely, it would be interesting to see what exegetical evidence brought him around.

The book description led me to believe that it would be an apologetic for hell, perhaps something like Francis Chan's Erasing Hell. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I don't know if I can blame the author. This seems more like an instance of misleading marketing. Either way, it was not what I expected.

I'll get to what the book really was about, but let's cover some of the good things I did like about it first.

Brian Jones is clearly driven by a love for God and a desire to trust the authority of Scripture--whether or not he likes what it says. I resonate with him completely here. We must always place God's word above man's word. Even if we don't like what is in the Bible, we must simply accept it and submit to it. This book is a result of Brian following his convictions, and I fully commend him for that.

Hell Is Real was easy and enjoyable reading, as I've come to expect from books published by David C. Cook. I got through the whole thing in a day. Furthermore, Brian strikes me as a very sincere guy with a real heart for God and love for people. I have a feeling that he and I would get along pretty well, despite the theological differences that I will cover.

In his book, Brian never described exactly what he did believe about hell before he fully accepted it. Was he a Universalist, was he an Annihilationist, or did he simply reject the concept of hell altogether? We're not told.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By newyorkyankeefan2 on July 24, 2011
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Challenging and transparent, Brian Jones' "Hell is Real (But I Hate To Admit It)" spells out in no uncertain terms the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Hell. All the while, Jones acknowledges that for many of us, the reality of what this means for people we know and love is a difficult pill to swallow. The best part about this book, though, is that he doesn't stop and leave you there. Whereas other works have come up short right at the point where you're saying, "Ok. I get it. Now, what should I do?" the last few chapters help you work through the practical implications of how (and how not) to share your faith with the people who need to hear it. This is foundational stuff and I'm looking forward to seeing the people of our church read this book and start living out their faith with a renewed sense of urgency. Thanks, Brian, for speaking the truth in love.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Frank Chiapperino on July 24, 2011
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There are just some books that you want to have on your shelf and ready to share. This book by Brian is one of those that I will be sure to keep multiple copies on hand. In a time where well known pastors question the reality of hell, Brian shares some great perspectives and more of his personal story in a way that keeps the reader engaged and wanting more. If you find the topic of hell challenging, or know others that are struggling with it, you will find this a great book to read and share.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookGuy on January 12, 2012
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The book is definitely well written and a good read. However, if you're looking for a book that really describes why there's a Hell (especially if you're looking for some deep philosophical reason) this book isn't the greatest. However, if you're looking for a book about evangelizing and why and how we should go about it, this book is fantastic. Jones does a great job of analyzing the problems with modern Christian evangelicals and how we can more effectively help others come to Christ (in a not creepy way). Overall, a great book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Butcher on August 10, 2011
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Brian Jones in Hell is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) discusses his voyage of self-discovery that the Hell of the Bible is real and how it has impacted his life. Jones examines why he personally failed to hold to a personal belief in heaven and why as group Christian by in large do not believe in a real hell. The then details how a real belief in the doctrine of hell has impacted his ministry and moved him to become very serious about salvation and helping others to avoid an eternity in hell. Finally, he provide his readers practical advice and guidance to leading non-believers to a saving faith in Jesus, and thus helping them to avoid an eternity of wrath.

Overall this text led to mixed reactions from me. First, realizing that I have failed to understand my own beliefs more fully on heaven and hell I have found the recent literary conversation about heaven a timely and interesting one. And this book definitely falls into that conversation, and provides a different view point of once you believe in hell this is how you can behave. And I found his evangelism advice helpful, useful and realistic especially as one who sees this area as a weak spot. And I love his explanation of a Christian as an foreign ambassador living amongst unbelievers. But there were also misses for me. He discusses uncovering how Bible study led him to discover the truth of hell for himself. I would have loved for him to walk his readers from fully through this process. Additionally, he discusses God's wrath, but in my mind never fully answers the question of why God is wrathful. Finally, Jones who clearly is a compassionate man describes himself and statements as a way that can only be seen as harsh and unkind.
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