(NOTE: I will post a formal review when I’ve finished the book. For now I will simply share my thoughts as I go along. If others are also reading through the book, please join the conversation by sharing your feelings in the comments below.)
Nobody wants to read a “book about hell.” I’ve read at least a dozen books about the afterlife, some technical, some deeply theological, some narrative or conversational.
None of them is poetic.
After reading the first chapter with all of the reflective questions and rhetorical “what ifs” that Rob Bell has been sharing in all of the promotional material leading to the release of Love Wins, I’m reading the chapter about heaven.
Heaven is captivating. Rob Bell explains with poetic beauty what N.T. Wright says in Surprised by Hope with more biblical exposition and theological reflection. But Bell does so in a way that energizes our emotions toward a vision for what God is doing on earth in preparation for “the age to come.”
If you’re looking for a taste of what heaven will be like, look no further than Rob Bell’s expressive question and response chapter in Love Wins. It may lead to further reading, but it may also enthrall you enough to act within this present age with the creative expression we are to expect in the age to come.