Rob Bell has a new book that is coming out at the end of March, and already many are judging the book by its cover. I have to admit Bell is quite provocative at times, as can be seen in this short promotional video for his new book, “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.
I found out about the Bell’s new book only last week and decided to make my first blog entry here at Reading Theology about my plans to read and review the book as soon as it comes out without realizing what a buzz it would be on the Christian Blogosphere. It seems many are quick on the draw to declare Bell’s heretic status; a forgone conclusion before actually reading the book.
It appears one of the first to get the ball rolling was Justin Taylor at the Gospel Coalition. He started making many conclusions without having read the book. John Piper then tweeted @John Piper: Farewell Rob Bell. And then Piper followed up by linking to Justin’s Article.
To show you how big this past weeks events have become, consider that CNN is also reporting on it on their Belief Blog. Jason Boyett has an interesting perspective on this whole series of events. You can read Jason’s thoughts at Beliefnet.
You can visit Rob’s website at robbell.com to here it straight from the horses mouth. If you regard the testimony of either Greg Boyd or Eugene Peterson, then I ought to mention that they each contributed an endorsement for Rob Bell’s upcoming book.
“In the current religious climate in America, it isn’t easy to develop an imagination, a thoroughly biblical imagination, that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ in all people and all circumstances in love and for salvation. Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination. Love Wins accomplishes this without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction in its proclamation of the good news that is most truly for all.”
– Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of The Message and The Pastor
“Love Wins is a bold, prophetic and poetic masterpiece. I don’t know any writer who expresses the inexpressible love of God as powerfully and as beautifully as Rob Bell! Many will disagree with some of Rob’s perspectives, but no one who seriously engages this book will put it down unchanged. A ‘must read’ book!”
– Greg Boyd, senior pastor at Woodland Hills Church and author of The Myth of a Christian Nation
As I said in my post from last week. I am looking forward to Rob Bell’s new book. I will read it and THEN review it here on Reading Theology. Hope this is helpful! -Grace and Peace : )