Love Wins for Teens by Rob Bell (Who will be invited to God’s party?)

In March, Love Wins for Teens: If God Threw a Party, Would Everyone Be Invited? Would You?, will be released. I think that this is going to be a great resource for teenagers. I worked with students for several years and this is the vision of God they are longing for. If the teen edition is anything as compelling as the original, this is bound to be a great resource.

Here’s the book trailer:

Here’s the description:

Love Wins shot to the top of the bestsellers list and started conversations among Americans about heaven and hell and compassion and the very meaning of life. Author Rob Bell’s ideas have stirred discussion, inspired hearts, and offered insight as well as understanding.

Now teens can delve into these issues in the teen edition of Love Wins. In this new book, Rob Bell focuses his attention on explaining in ways both understandable and approachable to teens how it is that “love wins”—and why that’s such an important lesson to learn.

If God were throwing a party, would everyone be invited?

Or does God invite some and not others?

And if so, how does God decide?

Is it what you say?
Is it what you do?
Is it what you’re going to do?
Is it who your friends are?
Or what your friends do?
Or what religion you happened to be born into?
Or where you live, or what you look like, or what you believe?

What if the idea of heaven and hell that we have been taught is not, in fact, what the Bible teaches? What if Jesus meant something very different by the concepts of heaven, hell, and salvation from how we’ve come to understand them?

And what if the answer to life’s meaning is much better than we ever imagined?

In his teen edition of the bestselling book love wins, Rob Bell tackles all these questions in a way that addresses the real challenges of growing up in today’s world. This is not just a book of questions and this is not just a book of answers.

This is a book of exploration.

This is a book of discovery.

This is a book about why love wins.

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  • wassup402
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=692217652 Jane L. Bonner

    heresy is always what “they long for”.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems
      • wassup402

        btw Kurt, this was an excellent & poignant response (sarcasm intended.)

        • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems

          Wassup402,

          I do not think people that are quick to drop hateful “heresy” bombs necesarily want an “excellent & poignant response.” I know this from experience. With that said, I want to give you a response through the multitude of resources that I have written on this site dealing with the issue of hell and Rob Bell’s Love Wins.

          First, to understand my view of hell… which I believe to be more biblcially based than eternal torment… read: “Hell Yes. Hell No! Or Who the Hell Cares” at this link: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/category/series-hell-yes-hell-no-who-cares/
          If you actually care about an “excellent and poingnant response” I invite you to read that series, rather than call me out as having never exhaustively dealt with the issues. To understand my view, read the entire series.

          Second, after you have read that entire series, you will then be able to understand my review of Love Wins. That post is called “Love Wins isn’t Jewish Enough for Rob Bell.” You can read that at this link: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/2012/06/04/love-wins-isnt-jewish-enough-for-rob-bell/
          Recently, I also gave this intro to a guest post on hell: *If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I am not a universalist. In fact, I’ve written about **my view of hell in detail* *, a view which I call: “**Purgatorial Conditionalism* *.” I also responded to **Love Wins here* * (but you really need to **read the Hell Series* * first to understand my point). I believe (with quite a bit of flexibility) that humans are born mortal and only become eternal creatures through choosing God’s free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Therefore, if a person dies and doesn’t know Christ, that person (most likely) will simply be “dead” for all eternity. This person will only “wake up” at the resurrection (upon the return of Christ) where they will face judgment in the fires of God’s love. Fire images in the Scriptures are about refinement, so it is possible that some will, in that intense moment of judgment, choose to be reconciled to God and ushered into the renewed creation. However, many/most who don’t know Christ ‘now’ will probably not want Christ ‘then’ and will ultimately cling to their evil inclinations. In God’s mercy, the fires of love will metaphorically burn these people up, until there is nothing left of body or soul… they will be dead for eternity. This is hell.*

    • wassup402

      “…this is the vision of God [you're] they are longing for.” Sounds like something the Serpent may have said back in the garden.

    • Jeff

      No, what people long for is to worship a god that is less petty, vindictive, capricious, and cruel than they are. The theology of hell with which I was reared is revolting and goes something like, “Believe just like I do or else my god will burn you forever in hell.” We all know this strand of theology so I’m not saying anything new. I wouldn’t pledge my allegiance to that kind of being any more than I would pledge allegiance to Mao Zedong. This theology also makes god completely incompetent. God “wishes that none should perish” kind of like I wish I had a Mazerati. “Oh bummer…”, cries God, “…I know that 90% of my created beings will live forever in torment. I wish there were something I could do about that. But hey, I’m just one God and free will is too powerful for me to overcome. I wish it was different.” So, remind me again, which theology is heretical? I’m confused.

  • Charlie

    Kurt, let me ask a question. I read your original post two years ago about love wins, and while I appreciated the sentiments and questions in the book, I’m very weary about the content being out in front if students, if not handled with more care. Moreover, I’m wondering your take on this: Rob asks the question, does God get what God wants, will everyone be at the party? But in the parable of the farmer scattering seed, Jesus makes it clear that some will fall away, but even more than that, some will never get the chance to hear or it will be snatched from them by the enemy. How does that fit into the dichotomy Bell proposes?

  • Ken Steckert

    When I see another “Love Wins” it reminds me of Rick Warren’s “40 days” and Bruce Wilkinson’s “Jabez”. The appearance to me is they are out to make more money. I do not know their hearts, but that is the message it sends me.


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