Here’s another book by Rob Bell that was highly recommended to me. I got it not long after it came out a little over a year ago, and delved right in. Then I got bored and picked something else up. As this was sitting in my large pile of “To Read” books, I thought I’d give it another whirl. Here’s the Goodreads summary.
“Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God’s love and God’s judgment: 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.
From what I heard regarding this book, it’s pretty controversial. Understandably so. Rob Bell brings up some interesting points and defends his thoughts well. He says quite plainly that he doesn’t understand how an incredibly loving God can just cast aside those that don’t know Him, forever. Interesting question.
I liked this book. I enjoy books that push my way of thinking. I enjoy reading things that make me stop and really delve into what I believe and think and “know”. I like books that challenge me to think differently.
Despite how some people will react to reading this book, I think Rob Bell makes some valid points. And I think anyone who is interested in God and what happens after we die would be intrigued by this book.
I love how Rob Bell concludes this book:
“May you experience this vast, expansive, infinite, indestructible love that has been yours all along. May you discover that this love is as wide as the sky and as small as the cracks in your heart no one else knows about. And may you know, deep in your bones, that love wins.”