Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Collins (29 Mar 2012)
Now in paperback, Rob Bell’s Sunday Times Bestselling Love Wins is the world’s most talked-about modern Christian book. Creating controversy and discussion, Love Wins gets to the heart of questions about life and death. Its perspective 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. (Amazon)
SW: Rob’s re-presentation of Heaven and Hell is controversial in America and (by critical consensus) inadequately argued. Read it and decide if Rob Is a universalist, or skip straight to N.T.Wright’s Surprised by Hope for a fully defended discussion, and a clearer alternative with a radical re-emphasis on Resurrection and its implications on our hope, but also on our lyrics, liturgy, and mission. (SW)