I mention this book in Chapter 9 of the book and discuss Hell in Chapter 10. Rob’s book “Love Wins” is probably the most controversial book in this subject in 2011. I wrote a review back then. Here is it:
Rob Bell has done us all good by reminding us that God is gentler and kinder than most of us portray him. I think the naysayers tend to focus on a couple of points of disagreement and throw the baby out with the bath water.
Rob asks some provocative questions throughout this book. These questions are in the back of many Christians’ minds, but
sometimes the answers from the conservative side of Christianity can be accusatory and defensive, so that many are afraid to ask. Rob Bell asks these questions on behalf of those who have been intimidated by the conservatives, and provides some answers that reveal a less harsh and judgmental God than some conservative Christians would have us believe.
I’m sure many who criticize this book have not yet read it. For these people, I suggest that they do read it and pay attention to the
questions that may be outside their doctrinal comfort zones, and confront them biblically, rather than depending on what others have said about the book and the doctrines. I give it a 4 out of 5 rating because there are a few places where I think the author pushes the reasonable understanding of the Bible a bit, and I don’t like the style of the writing. I am unprepared, however, to throw the baby out with the bath water, and I appreciate his message of a gentler and kinder God that is well grounded on the Bible.
This is a must read for those who are wondering whether the Bible really teaches a God who is interested in throwing the vast majority of humanity into a fire and brimstone hell, and favours a relatively few with eternal bliss simply because they have
encountered and received Jesus Christ in some prescribed way during their earthly lives. The reader may or may not agree 100% with “Love Wins”, but the questions in the book are legitimate and should be considered with care with the Bible close by for reference.