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Primer to Love Wins
on November 19, 2011
I find Rob Bell to be inspiring, thought-provoking and a Man of God. Saying this, The Love Wins Companion was not what I was expecting. Truthfully, this book has little that is written by Rob Bell, himself. David Vanderveen, listed as Editor of this book, is really the Co-Author. Factor in that there are excerpts from numerous others such as N. T. Wright, Shayne Moore, Peter Rollins, Donald Miller, and Cathleen Falsani to name a few; it is fair to say that this is NOT a Rob Bell book per se.
I have read Rob Bell's Love Wins five or six times. I get it. Maybe because of this fact, I find this companion book to be more of a 'Primer' to Love Wins. An overview of what Bell wrote in Love Wins. I discovered that this companion book offered little new information. I am curious if others think the same as I?
Personally, I have a thought as to WHY this book was written. I think it has more to do with all of the criticism Bell received than it does to expand on the subject matter. I think Rob Bell wrote this book as a clarification to those critics who did not get the point of Love Wins. Yet, I doubt my reasoning as that doesn't seem to be Bell's style. STILL, I think my hypothesis is closer to the mark than what this book is being touted as.
This is a book meant to be read and studied corporally. As a matter of fact, it demands it. I love all the thought-provoking questions that go with each chapter. I look forward discussing them with a group.
In closing, since I consider this book to be a primer to Love Wins, I suggest just reading Love Wins. If you have some extra money the Love Wins Companion makes a great Cliff's Notes.