Best-selling 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. A recent Gallup survey showed that over half of British people believe in heaven. But what is it? Who is it for? Why does it matter? And how do we know if we’re going there?
Rob Bell believes that even the most fervent Christians and the most committed atheists, are still not satisfied with their traditional answers to these questions. Out of respect for their traditions they keep quiet, confiding to a few close, safe friends their doubts and questions about why they are here and where they are going. For many years, on sermons and DVDs and on bumper stickers and t-shirts, bestselling Christian author Rob Bell has been saying that ‘Love Wins’. But ‘Love Wins’ is much more than a pithy slogan. ‘Love Wins’ is a philosophy drawn out from deep within religious tradition and writings. It provides answers to the deepest and most difficult questions about life and faith, and about heaven and hell. And it is a call to arms for all of us to live a more meaningful life.
©2011 Rob Bell (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Have listened to this book 3 times now and get something more from it each time!
I was a pastor in a big and thriving church, but my life wasn't big and thriving - it was tired and worn out - my marriage was flimsy and my young kids never saw me.
I realized something had to change but the culture I'd grown up in gave me a false impression that God would be mad if I didn't serve His kingdom.
After I resigned it gave me the courage to ask many questions I was too afraid to ask in the culture.
Those questions made the faith experience I'd had seem irrelevant and archaic.
But then I came across this book which reframed my limited and narrow view of the Bible, God and Jesus and all of a sudden they became "inclusive" again rather than "exclusive"
Isn't inclusiveness the very nature of the good news and God anyway?
If you read this book with the mindset that God is in all and through all it will blow your mind!
"Courageous questioning of orthodox doctrines"
What a superb idea the audible books is. Hearing the author reading their own book is like something from futuristic science fiction. Well ok it has been around for a while but quite fun on-line especially when you can listen to a 5min sample.
As regards " Love wins " by Rob Bell, he looks at some important issues. Quite daring and disturbing points but probably will lead to more mature, balanced thinking. Rob Bell pushes the envelope as far as he can while remaining in Christian doctrines. An important analysis of this part of the jigsaw. For an even wider perspective I recommend Robert M. Price especially his excellent book " The reason driven life ".
Thomas Paine wrote an interesting option about God and heaven in his " The age of reason "1794. To paraphrase- A loving, good God would take everyone to heaven or let them cease to exist.
As Rob Bell highlights there are various views in the Bible of what Jesus might be like. Maybe the Jesus of John ch 8v11 who said, " Then neither do I condemn you " ( Then neither do I cast the first stone ) would say at a judgement day, " let whoever lived a flawless life cast the first person into hell...oh there is no one worthy...then neither do I cast anyone into hell. ". If Jesus ordered St Peter, " Do not condemn that you be not condemned " then how could St Peter Matt 16v18 deny anyone entry to heaven without condemning himself. How could the Jesus who talked of love your neighbour and enemy, do not judge or condemn, forgive that you be forgiven do anything other than take everyone to heaven. How could God live with himself unless he redeemed all. If Jesus triumphed over hell then surely he would claim his whole prize. Surely Jesus is so valuable to God that he is worth all of humanity. Surely if Matt 19v26 is correct "With God all things are possible" then all can be purified, transformed, renewed. But surely a real good God would prevent crime and suffering, restrain or switch people off before they murder etc
I love how rob bell uses the Bible to give hope rather than hurt, criticise and bully people into living a certain way. this makes so much sense of the God who loves
"I needed that!"
A mind blowing and soul calming way of describing who God is and very importantly to me - who God isn't! I would put this book up in my top list of favourite and inspiring reads to date. Thank you Rob!
"Seeing things in a totally new light"
Yes. In the tradition of all the great religions it is about telling the story - hearing the passion and emotion in the words
His performance was like a strong wind blowing through a fusty old barn - blowing the doors wide open to let the sunlight pour in...
Well yes, but in fact it was better to listen in small doses as there was so much to digest.
Immaculately researched, clearly argued, excitingly presented. I found myself nodding and exclaiming "yes!" as we went, and believe me, I'm not that kind of person.
"Very disappointed, so different to His first works"
I am a fan of the Nooma series and expected the same truth but truthfully this is way different to what is in the Word. Scriptures used are out of context and subjectively slanted. Rob not your best work, listen to your critics.
"Indeed Love Wins and always will"
Not only the book is very interesting and unlightening as to who Jesus really is, nothing to do with religion, it is well writen, by someone who knows what he is talking about, very cleverly done and clear as well, which is not too often the case when the writer in very smart and knows his subjet well and from many angles.
The recording is also of extremely good quality, all together I am very happy with my purchase and plan on listening to it several times because there is so much to it. And truely I beleive that love will always win in the long run!
Excellent book for all people who feel they are losing sight of what God is all about - LOVE. This book caused controversy in many churches as it suggests there is no hell. This is a book that can be dipped into or read cover to cover. Rob Bell also makes short videos just search and you'll find them. A great Evangelist. An easy read.
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