Title: Love Wins
Author: Rob Bell
Release Date: March 15, 2011
Rating: 5 out of 5
Rob Bell has raised questions, and tempers, with his new book Love Wins. Within its pages, he tackles some of the most controversial facets of the Christian faith: “Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived”.
Pondering what happens to us after death can stir tension within any crowd. For many, the topic touches fears and poses questions that force us to face the reality of our mortality. Yet Bell has stirred a ruckus within his own realm: the Christian community.
The real question is… why?
Bell roots his stance on Heaven, Hell and the immortal soul based on direct Hebrew translations and an extensive understanding of the biblical text. In fact, nothing he states is anything new at all. His ideas are based on both scripture and an academic understanding of Jewish life in biblical times.
What’s even more impressive is Bell’s approach. Unlike many faith-based books, the Mars Hill Pastor doesn’t tell you what to believe. He dares you to read with an open mind, drawing your own conclusions based on your own faith journey. These deep subjects are woven together with illustrative stories, credible sources and strong wit as the author gently invites readers to think, wrestle with and explore the questions most are afraid to ask.
Leading me to wonder… what’s the real controversy?