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Love Wins: At the Heart of Life's Big Questions [Hardcover]

Rob Bell
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17 Mar 2011

Bestselling author Rob Bell returns with a provocative new book which gets to the heart of questions about life and death. His perspective, encapsulated by his famous slogan ‘love wins’, will surprise and challenge both Christians and atheists, and will inspire people of all faiths and none.

Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgement: Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Is this acceptable to God? How is this "good news"?

Troubling questions—so troubling that many have lost their faith because of them. Others only whisper the questions to themselves, fearing or being taught that they might lose their faith and their church if they ask them out loud.

But what if these questions trouble us for good reason? What if the story of heaven and hell we have been taught is not, in fact, what the Bible teaches? What if what Jesus meant by heaven, hell, and salvation are very different from how we have come to understand them?

What if it is God who wants us to face these questions?

Author, pastor, and innovative teacher Rob Bell presents a deeply biblical vision for rediscovering a richer, grander, truer, and more spiritually satisfying way of understanding heaven, hell, God, Jesus, salvation, and repentance. The result is the discovery that the "good news" is much, much better than we ever imagined.

Love wins.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007420730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007420735
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It isn’t easy to develop a biblical imagination that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ… Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction.” (Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of The Message and The Pastor)

“A bold, prophetic and poetic masterpiece. I don’t know any writer who expresses the inexpressible love of God as powerfully and as beautifully as Rob Bell! No one who seriously engages this book will put it down unchanged. A ‘must read’ book!” (Greg Boyd, senior pastor at Woodland Hills Church and author of The Myth of a Christian Nation)

“In Love Wins, Rob Bell tackles the old heaven-and-hell question and offers a courageous alternative answer. Thousands of readers will find freedom and hope and a new way of understanding the biblical story – from beginning to end.” (Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity and Naked Spirituality)

From the Back Cover

God Loves Us
God offers us everlasting life by grace, freely, through no merit on our part. Unless you do not respond the right way. Then God will torture you forever. In hell.

What?

Author, pastor, and innovative teacher Rob Bell presents a deeply biblical vision for rediscovering a richer, grander, truer, and more spiritually satisfying way of understanding heaven, hell, God, Jesus, salvation, and repentance. The result is the discovery that the "good news" is much, much, better than we imagined.

Love Wins.


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159 of 169 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could two wrongs make a right? 22 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
Rob Bell has done some great work in opening up a bit of space for people who have grown up in conservative Christian circles to exercise their brains a bit. Even those who don't agree with him are working hard to combat him. Putting aside their obvious hatred for someone they seem to see as a turncoat, that can't be such a bad thing.

The irony is that this book uses the evangelical methodology to prove the opposite of what evangelicals normally believe. Instead of God as a cosmic bouncer, joyfully pronouncing, 'Your name's not down, you're not coming in,' Bell suggests that God always leaves the door open, even throughout eternity. Not that everyone is saved; just everyone that wants to be.

In the evangelical style, Bell takes a few verses that he likes (stuff about God 'reconciling all things to himself') and then imposes them on the verses he doesn't (anything about hell). He flips between reading texts poetically, symbolically or literally, without reference to literary or historical context. To all those evangelicals criticisng Bell for this weakness, I say, 'Take the log out of your own eye first; he learnt it from you.'

And his habit of making sweeping assertions without reference to any authority other than himself (there are no footnotes in the book, so we have to trust him on everything) leaves him open to the same kinds of critique one might give of a crazy-looking street evangelist: who gave YOU the right to speak for God?

The writing style.

The style.

Reminds me.

Reminds me of an advert for an expensive car in a Sunday newspaper magazine.

It's short.

Sleek.

Stylish.

Conversational, yet persuasive.

It feels cool.

Maybe too cool.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is your rhino wearing a suit of armour?* 19 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
Back in 1515, German artist Albrecht Durer produced a famous woodcut illustration of a rhino (yes, this is a review of Love Wins!) Having been nowhere near a rhinoceros he based it on a written description of a rhino and an anonymous sketch.

Durer gave his rhino plates of armour and an extra small horn, based on the limited information he had.

As centuries passed, artists got a the chance to draw and paint the rhino from first hand. But, in spite of the evidence of their own eyes, many artists persisted in portraying it as wearing a suit of armour. Why? It is argued that Durer's woodcut became so established as the 'definitive rhino' that even real rhinos themselves couldn't compete with what had become the accepted portrayal of rhino-ness.

So... Love Wins...

A plea from the heart: do not dismiss what Rob Bell is saying out of hand because his portrayal of the Gospel looks unfamiliar to you. If you have decided exactly what the Bible says about the life to come before you even open it, you will constrains God's words with your own preconceptions. In other words you will plate it in suits of constricting armour. Scripture is not best served by being squeezed into suits of armour.

Whatever your preconceptions - positive or negative - may I urge you to approach Love Wins with your mind open. Bell has done rather more theological homework than his detractors suggest. And while you read Rob's book, be prepared to pick up your Bible with an open mind too - don't just say 'scripture plainly teaches' - it's the very least that scripture deserves that you don't presume upon it.

* Advance apologies to any art historians or semiologists if there are any inaccuracies in my retelling of the Durer story.
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121 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Bell Crazy? 28 Mar 2011
By Bryan
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Not since Bishop Robinson's Honest To God has a book from within our own ranks got so much of the Christian church talking. It is easy to see why. One doesn't need to be a theologian to see that Pastor Bell is positing a form of apocatastasis as the only way to reconcile God's essentially loving nature with the idea of eternal punishment in Hell (whether with a capital `h' or not). And since the generally accepted theologically reformed position at the time of writing is that not all will be saved - Pastor Bell has upset a lot of very serious (and seemingly loud) people within our Church. Is their upset warranted? Is Pastor Bell really saying that what we do here doesn't matter because each and every person, even the most horrid and unrepentant sinner, will go to Heaven? Will all Muslims go to Heaven? Will suicide-bombers go to Heaven? It appears they all will if Pastoral Bell gets his way - but, as I am sure Pastor Bell would say were he here (which, sadly, he is not - indeed I have only a cat for company today) - it is not his will but God's will that all of the aforementioned cretins end up parading through the streets of Heaven.

When one takes a serious look at the theology of the book, the first thing that it is perhaps helpful to bear in mind is that Bell is not introducing any new ideas here. Indeed, in his introduction, he says so himself. Neither is he resurrecting some erstwhile forgotten fringe theology that would be better left in the dust of time-gone-by. Indeed, CS Lewis, from whom Bell quotes, appears to have held very similar views to the ones Bell puts forth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about God 's Perfect Unconditional love which cast out...
Great Book About God 's Perfect Unconditional love which cast out every fear in life. Must read for everyone. True meaning of the Gospel became simple .
Published 12 days ago by UDANA SILVA
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly orthodox, but thought-provoking
Even before the book came out, it prompted a vicious backlash from some quarters of the christian blogosphere, denouncing Bell as a heretic and declaring the book harmful. Read more
Published 24 days ago by S. Meadows
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
As I journey on with God I have found at times I question a lot of what I see and hear in church and have found this book very thought-provoking

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Published 28 days ago by MR P M WHITTINGHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Free from Dogma
Despite all the negative fear based reviews from the Christian community, this is a well written and well thought out book. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Hannah Pont
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I like this version of what it means to be a Christian. It makes more sense to me, in today''s world than the very exclusive view that I keep coming across. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julia Anne West
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Inspiring.
Rob Bell is a very good writer on what can be very difficult issues. He is able to help the reader to get their head around some important faith and spiritual issues. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This book has excited like no other - answers so many current issues. Just brilliant. Put a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Thank you Rob
Published 2 months ago by J. Hollidge
4.0 out of 5 stars a challenge he to accept God's love on HIS terms
Do we allow God to show His grace beyond our own limits? This book challenges us to ask ask Him to help us do this -
for the benefit of ourselves as well as others.
Published 3 months ago by J. Fish
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather vague and wooly, but worth reading.
I heard so much condemnation of this book so had to have it for myself.

I do not like his writing style. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laymin
5.0 out of 5 stars challenges what you think you thought you knew
One of the biggest drawbacks of being brought up with a conservative Christian worldview, where choices made in this life are said to have eternal consequences is that it becomes... Read more
Published 6 months ago by blueman
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