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Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell

Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever LivedLove Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Very poorly written in style, format and most unfortunately, content. It was like reading someone’s speech notes (which I suspect they may well have been, as the author is a public speaker on these topics) on a watered down version of what could have been an interesting and avant-garde sermon. It contains some intriguing facts…some…but not nearly enough for what I was hoping to learn. This book was clearly written to be read by main-stream American protestant Christians who have never cracked an academic book on comparative religions, nor asked questions about their own mythology. Even the interesting and insightful parts were ruined by this fear-based game of “don’t spook the conservative Christians.” This is such a disappointment because I know from other ventures by this author that he is a highly educated religious scholar and quite an amazing lecturer. I expected more. The banality of this work and lack of source material (I mean, he credits the source of his quotes and topics by mentioning the book of the bible they came from, but he doesn’t explain the cultural, historical and linguistic context of the information…where’s the meat?) leaves the reader far more confused than when they started, and not in a good way. It is so dumbed-down for the masses that it becomes useless. So, on the one hand, it’s baby stuff, and on the other, it’s unclear. I wonder what happened in the writing/editing process that it came to this, and whether or not the author is to blame. All I can say is, thank all the gods for Joseph Campbell.

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I’m a pan(en)theistic Pagan with a quick tongue, black thumb, and no sense of elemental direction. Otherwise, I’m awesome.
Posted By Mnemosyne Mars

I'm a pan(en)theistic Pagan with a quick tongue, black thumb, and no sense of elemental direction. Otherwise, I'm awesome.

One Response to “Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell”

  1. whatthehellbook says:

    We will be known for our love for one another…

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