Tuesday, June 21, 2011

REVIEW: Love Wins

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

I know this review is a bit late to the party, but since this book has attracted so much attention even outside of Christian circles, I thought I'd write my thoughts on it.

I’ll get it out of the way right now instead of beating around the bush and say that I absolutely loved this book. It’s a rare quality when someone can teach about Hell and cause you to love God even more than you already did.

Let me also make two upfront statements regarding this book:

1) I do not 100% fully agree with every single detail that Rob Bell writes in this book.
2) Nowhere in this book does Rob Bell state or imply that ALL people who ever lived will “go to Heaven” and that nobody will “go to Hell”. I fear that anyone who is saying these things in criticism of the book simply has not read it, or has badly, badly misunderstood (perhaps willfully) his entire point.

I don’t say those things out of a need to “defend” or “justify” the fact that I loved this book. I say them because I’m afraid that a lot of people—Christians—immediately shut their ears and stop listening to what you have to say when you say you like Rob Bell, and I really want you to give him a fair shake. Don’t you hate it when someone hears that you are a Christian and immediately makes all kinds of assumptions about you? That sword cuts both ways.

You don’t have to agree with Rob Bell. You are totally free to think he is 100% wrong. Just don’t condemn him as a heretic for discussing the issue. Remember the Pharisees!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ground Control To Major Tom

I’ve been meaning to check in for awhile now just to give an update on the blog. Right now I’m working on a review of Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins. It’s almost finished, but a very exciting work project came up and has been causing me to burn the midnight oil so I haven’t been able to put the finishing touches on it.


I’m hoping to have a new post up within the next week or so. Check back then for my thoughts on the book that’s got so many Christians talking!

Truth poorly defended loses not its truthfulness;
likewise Falsehood aptly defended loses not it's falsity.