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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 (1,069 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)


“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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801 of 859 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 61 Year Old Evangelical Pastor's Take April 27, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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2,734 of 3,019 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag: the good, great, bad, and ugly March 20, 2011
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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158 of 186 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point. March 27, 2011
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People who are decrying this book and Rob Bell because of his (rather vague) stance on hell or because of his so-called universalism are entirely missing the point. Even if you altogether remove those elements, Bell is still making a powerful statement about what it means to be a Christian. We are so concerned with where we're going when we die that we're ignoring what we're doing while we're here. Jesus didn't come to reconcile us in some unknowable future--he came to reconcile us to God today, which is why he came as a healer. In the OT times, sickness was considered to be curse or disfavor from God/gods. Jesus came with power, which could only be from God, and healed the sick. He took away the curse and reconciled us. Regardless of whether you think everybody is saved or if there is a literal heaven or hell, Bell is trying to get you to understand that "our eschatology shapes our ethics." In other words, believing that it's all about going to another place makes us unwilling to do what we're called to do right here, right now. This life isn't just some space-holder to save time before we can be with Jesus. Jesus is already here, transforming us through our baptism. We were placed here with purpose by God! Bell is sounding the call for Christians to get off their backsides and BE CHRISTIANS instead of just pining for heaven or being satisfied that they won't burn in hell. I don't understand how anybody can malign that message, and condemning it just proves his point--many Christians are using their admit-one to heaven as an excuse to avoid being who we're called to be now. When was the last time you fed the poor or comforted the grieving? Or don't you think the suffering of those people matters? Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Full of seeker-friendly rhetoric and low on theological honesty.
There is good to be had in this book, but there is a lot to be guarded against.

I don't like Bell's heavy handed attempt to confuse people (especially those who may not... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Just a Putz in WI
1.0 out of 5 stars A god of love but not holiness is not God
To sum up the main idea of Love Wins, Bell teaches that God loves everyone equally, without discrimination or distinction, and that a loving God would never send anyone to... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Linda R. Gabriel
3.0 out of 5 stars Love, FTW!
Odd writing style. Great points. Didn't always agree, which I think he would welcome. I think it would make for a great book discussion at church.
Published 2 days ago by B. Hepp
4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulates your thinking!
Idealistic - great idea, but I'm not sure I buy it! Good for reflection/re-thinking your own ideas about heaven and hell.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Reassuring but Not Very Deep
After having been a Christian for 40+ years, I walked away from Christianity 6 years ago. Since then, I have diligently pursued God from other angles outside religion (which I... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sean M. Clouse
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful
Rob Bell's Love Wins it's a thoughtful and courageous explanation of a doctrine well misunderstood in Christianity. Recommended to everyone.
Published 7 days ago by Jose Monzon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoyed reading this, it's an easy read and gives a new perspective on heaven and hell and God's grace. Read it!
Published 12 days ago by T. Muzzin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
deserves a second read. Did it for a book study and it was very enlightening.
Published 17 days ago by Grammy05
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting interpretation of the bible
Some good points but most of the interpretations seem telling of areas that the author focuses on personally and still needs to work... Read more
Published 20 days ago by StudiEs
5.0 out of 5 stars God is love and will always be with us.
This book was shared during a book study which brought to surface a lot of great discussions. Whether we are living heaven or hell depends on how you live your life, if you choose... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Susan Heimnick
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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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