Love Wins

A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. HarperOne: HarperCollins. 2011. c.224p. ISBN 9780062049643. $22.99. REL
Author of several rather controversial books on Christian spirituality, Bell (founding pastor, Mars Hill Bible Church, Grand Rapids, MI; Velvet Elvis) is nothing if not a hip pastor. His books generally reconcile Christian belief with modern life in novel ways, but in his broadest theological statement yet, Bell treads old territory: by a rather curious and selective reading of the Bible, he suggests that our ideas of hell are too broad and our notion of heaven too small—in short, he is a good old-fashioned American Universalist.
VERDICT For many mainstream or conservative Christians, Bell's message will (as usual) go too far; for younger or more open-minded Christians, it may well have the intended effect

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