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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062122803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062122803
  • ASIN: 0062122800
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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“It contains insights and commentary by a wide range of theologians, Biblical scholars, and parish ministers; Biblical passages that deal with heaven, hell, and salvation; and discussion questions for individuals and groups along with more probes on Love Wins.” (Spirituality and Practice)

From the Back Cover

For those looking to go deeper with Rob Bell’s bestselling pioneering book Love Wins, this companion offers:

  • Insights and commentary by theologians, Bible scholars, scientists, and pastors
  • Deep analysis of all relevant Bible passages on heaven, hell, and salvation
  • Detailed chapter summaries, discussion questions, and Bible studies for individuals, groups, and classes
  • Excerpts from works throughout Christian history illustrating the variety of teachers also debating the issues Bell wrestles with
  • New material by Bell on his mission for the book and how people can take the next step

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Easy fast read that you will read over and over.
Rob Bell's take on the Gospel mesage is truly good news... But it all depends on how you see, or want to see, Jesus.
Big D
For those who want to dig a little deeper while reading Love Wins.
Jean T

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By GLW on November 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an unusual book to review in that it is a study guide to interact with in community. It's also meant to be taken one step at a time walking through questions not a fly by. So it will be interesting to hear down the road from folks who have journeyed with the material together.

Some initial thoughts:
I expected Rob Bell to use scholars to "prove" his leanings toward universalism. However, The LW Companion did not appeal to anyone contemporary who is overtly universalistic. At the end he quotes some early church fathers (and others who are hopeful universalists and one annihilationist). I found it compatible with LW in his non-committal universalism. He makes what appears to be a very strong case for it only to later claim he's agnostic: "Ultimately no one knows the answer" (pg 79). (This created for me a major tension that I will mention later.)

Rob Bell is clearly a lover of Scripture. He includes a chapter entitled "Becoming a Deep Reader of Scripture" where we are encouraged to "take in great swaths at a time" in order to see the big picture of God's Story. He cites and quotes copious amounts of Scripture throughout and even devotes an entire chapter as a step by step tutorial on how to do word studies using a lexicon, concordance etc.,

A brief overview of the book:
Bell utilizes many different voices, giving them considerable space, to fill out the vision of the Kingdom through their stories of grace and redemption. Some of the authors include N T Wright, Don Miller, Anne Lamott and Frederick Buechner. There are questions at the end of each chapter to gently help people work through their religious baggage of fear and censorship and also for working through the texts of Scripture.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By WB on November 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on March 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
For many people, last February was the Month of Hell. Not because the month was full of demonic activity, but because popular evangelical preacher Rob Bell released a volatile book titled Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. The book seemed to advocate a form of universalism, which is the belief that when all is said and done, nobody will end up in hell. Good, bad, selfish, heathen--God's mercy trumps it all.

As expected, Bell's argument provoked an avalanche of controversy. Critiques and reviews popped up in every Christian circle. TIME magazine even devoted a cover story to the issue. All of which meant that hell, excuse the pun, was the hottest theological topic of 2011.

One year later, Bell is back with a follow-up book titled The Love Wins Companion: A Study Guide For Those Who Want to Go Deeper (HarperOne, paperback, 198 pages).

Even though his name appears on the cover, Bell contributes a mere dozen of the 198 pages. Most of the book is old material from other writers--excerpts from past books and reprinted essays. The contributors are admittedly diverse, though most are in line with Bell's thinking: progressive Emergents like Peter Rollins and David Dark, and creative writers like Anne Lamott and Frederick Buechner.

However some will raise eyebrows. The book features an entry from Pope Benedict XVI, which I see as a veiled attempt to say, "See, even the Pope agrees with Rob Bell!" Benedict's essay is excerpted from Spe Salvi, his encyclical on hope, and explores the ineffability of eternal life. The excerpt never touches upon the more controversial elements of Love Wins, namely the topics of hell, salvation, and universalism.
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