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Product Details

  • 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,806 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

Or the belief that most Christians don't believe in hell any longer??
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On one hand, my twelve-year-old son loved the title of this book, Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It). "That title tells the truth," he said.
Darryl Dash
This book is tremendous and a must read for every dedicated (and lax Christian).

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46 of 48 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 18 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 19 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan David Morris on September 16, 2011
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Brian Jones is the kind of Christian non-Christians don't mind knowing: non-judgmental, open about his doubts. He never claims to have all the answers, but knows there's a book that's thousands of years old where a person can go to find them.

Jones's likability factor doesn't just shine through on the pages of "Hell Is Real;" it is the cornerstone to his whole approach to sharing the Christian faith. After setting things up early in the book and making the case that, yes, Hell is real, Jones goes on to devote the whole last portion of his text to tearing down the stereotype that Christians need to answer a simple "How ya doin'?" with a hardy "Do you know where you're going when you die?" Page after page, he builds the case that the best and most successful evangelistic system is not one in which people stand on street corners, scaring perfect strangers while handing out pamphlets, but one in which Christians actually befriend people, making an effort to get to know them, and showing them through actions, not words, what it means to be filled with God's love. He suggests that people "pray for open doors" to share their faith with the people they build relationships with. Because at the end of the day, Christianity is all about relationships (particularly the one we can all have with God).

Brian Jones is unconventional, to say the least. And there's certainly going to be a Christian or two out there who feel about as comfortable with what he's saying as a certain group of rabbis felt in the time of Jesus. But at its core, "Hell Is Real" is more serious about proving the validity of the Christian belief system, and the urgency one should take towards believing it, than any other book you're likely to read. You will feel compelled to share the Good News after reading "Hell Is Real" -- but more importantly, you will feel a level of comfort that you've never felt before, and you will realize you can have some fun while doing it.
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