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Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived [Kindle Edition]

Rob Bell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,017 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars) addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—hell and the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?

Rob Bell is an electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” with millions viewing his NOOMA videos.

With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.



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Bell, influential pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church and author of Velvet Elvis, aims to provide an introduction to some of the big questions of Jesus' life and message. Claiming that some versions of Jesus should be rejected, particularly those used to intimidate and inspire fear or hatred, Bell persuasively interprets the Bible as a message of love and redemption. He is clearly well-versed in the scriptures, and for support his arguments look to everything from the parable of the prodigal son to Revelation to the story of Moses, in addition to his own personal experiences as a pastor, many of which are the book's highlights. Bell's vision of Christianity is inclusive, as he argues against some traditional ideas--for instance, hell as eternal punishment reserved for non-Christians--in favor of a God whose love and forgiveness is all encompassing. His style is characteristically concise and oral, his tone passionate and unabashedly positive. The result is a book that, while not exploring its own ideas deeply, may be a friendly welcome to Christianity for seekers, since they don't have a dog in the fight over hell that this book has ignited among the professionally religious. (Mar. 15)

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“One of the nation’s rock-star-popular young pastors, Rob Bell, has stuck a pitchfork in how Christians talk about damnation.”

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  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006204964X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IWR3CE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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740 of 795 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 61 Year Old Evangelical Pastor's Take April 27, 2011
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I am not a Rob Bell fanboy; however, I do have a generally positive opinion of the little exposure I've had to his ministry. When Love Wins was first being reviewed and its author was being held up in many quarters as satan's chief apostle my first instinct was ignore it. (There are only so many books one can read.) Finally, the clamor reached so close to home that I had to give in and read it for myself. I don't like to let third parties do my thinking for me.

The uproar is understandable. Bell has a habit of asking hard questions. He also has a tendency to not provide definitive answers to the hard questions he asks. And when those questions concern the issues of heaven and hell and the possibility of universal salvation...well, the sacrificial fat is clearly sizzling on the altar.

It is hard to pin down Bell's position and I am strangely OK with that. I suspect the reason is because these are some very complex questions and the Bible is somewhat lacking in absolute clarity. Where the Bible is lacking in absolute clarity we extrapolate dogma at our own risk. Honestly, when it comes to eternal things I think the Bible gives us the best picture we can possibly process from our finite frame of reference. Sometimes that picture seems confusing because things that seem exclusive of each other in this world can actually be essential to each other in the various dimensions of eternity. (What sense does it make in this world to die in order to live?)

Do heaven and hell exist? Of course they do, and Bell would be one of the first to assert their reality. He does have a little different take on what, and when, heaven and hell are but he certainly doesn't deny their existence. Far from making them smaller and less meaningful he actually makes them bigger and more meaningful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag: the good, great, bad, and ugly March 20, 2011
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First of all I want to say that I have greatly admired the preaching and books that Rob Bell has put out before "Love Wins". I will continue to recommend "Velvet Elvis" and "Sex God". He is a brilliant communicator of God's Word. I listen to his podcasts more than any other preacher.

The Good
I applaud Rob for taking a risk and writing about this extremely important, touchy, weighty, and often not talked about topic. It is a topic upon which Evangelicals are underdeveloped in their thinking. In writing about this topic publicly Rob gives us permission to talk more freely with each other about it.
The more thinking and study of this topic the more we will be careful in our sometimes overly simplistic views or verbal slams against others.

Bell writes, "I've written this book because the kind of faith Jesus invites us into doesn't skirt the big questions." Amen. Completely agree.

The Great
The book is favulous, compelling writing. Bell paints pictures, turns a phrase ("It's as if we're currently trying to play the piano with oven mitts"), illustrates, and illuminates the biblical text in a way few others can.

He clearly sets the gospel in its cosmic framework, not just its human salvation framework. Jesus came not only to save sinners, but to redeem the world--every atom. He articulates a gospel that transforms trees as well as people. This is a good thing and should stretch Evangelicals to understand what Colossians is getting at when it says, "This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven" (Colossians 1.23). "A gospel that leaves out its cosmic scope will always feel small." (p. 135) Agreed.
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601 of 728 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hell-Believing Universalist March 21, 2011
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There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love questions and those who love answers.

Question-lovers focus on the ambiguity and uncertainty of belief. Reality is bigger and more complex than our theories about it. Consequently, we must be humble in the face of mystery, knowing how much we do not know.

Answer-lovers focus on the clarity and certainty of belief. Reality may slip the grasp of theory at the margins, but theory has a firm grip on reality at the center. So, we must act courageously in the world on the basis of what we do know.

Rob Bell loves questions. His critics love answers. This difference between them--a difference that is both temperamental and methodological--illuminates the controversy surrounding Bell's new book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

Bell asks, "Does God get what God wants?"--namely, "all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" (2 Tim. 2:4). He further asks, "Do we get what we want?" A "yes" answer to the first question makes you a universalist, that is, a person who believes that God both desires the salvation of all people and realizes that desire. A "yes" answer to the second question makes you a proponent of hell, that is, a person who believes that we can be separated from God for eternity.

A "yes" answer to both questions makes you Rob Bell, a hell-believing universalist.

If that description of Bell strikes you as an oxymoron, you are probably an answer-lover who longs for clarity and certainty. To you, belief in universalism and belief in hell form an incoherent set. Either/or but not both/and.

But Bell is a question-lover comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty. God will get what God wants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Courage To Be
Spot on in matching my journey of faith and belief. Thanks for having the awareness to 'be' in Christ and the courage write it down.
Published 1 hour ago by Brent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love rob bell's books, he is very insightful
Published 3 days ago by Passionforlife
5.0 out of 5 stars I came out stronger in my faith for having this gifted man share his...
Any relationship with the universe starts with honesty. Rob Bell pulls the peices together, and gives us a chance to question, and review what we believe and why.
Published 5 days ago by Chris Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Book in great condition.
Published 7 days ago by Faith Erb
5.0 out of 5 stars don't believe the negativity
this book is great for believers and no believers alike. It is a beautiful, simple and pure presentation of the Gospel. ahhhhh! so refreshing. Thank you.
Published 10 days ago by Saaasbo
1.0 out of 5 stars No stars, one is too many.
There are too many theological problems with this book to mention. In fact, there are entire websites devoted to debunking all of Rob Bell's follies in this book. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Seth N. Overdeer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book.
Published 12 days ago by Myra Moreland
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a life changer for me. I ...
This book was a life changer for me. I buy copies to give to all my friends who are ready to be a little more open to the idea of a God bigger than their presumptions.
Published 13 days ago by Lisey R
5.0 out of 5 stars truth spoken here. beautifully spoken.
I loved the truth Rob speaks in this book. I've never doubted that Love Wins but I am pleased that Rob doesn't let the naysayers keep him from sharing his wisdom and love.
Published 24 days ago by Shannon M. Carducci
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a very thought-provoking book that considers lots of difficult questions.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Brock
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Rob Bell is a bestselling author, international teacher, and highly sought after public speaker. His books include The New York Times bestseller Love Wins, along with Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. At age 28 he founded Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, and under his leadership it was one of the fastest-growing churches in America. In 2011 he was profiled inTime Magazine as one of the 100 most inuential people. Rob is also the featured speaker in a series of spiritual short lms called NOOMA. Currently, he is working with former LOST producer Carlton Cuse on a television series and will be releasing a new book in 2013. He and his wife Kristen have three children and live in Los Angeles.

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