I wrote this long review of Love Wins
then set the review aside for a weekend. When I came back, I realized I had basically written a giant diary entry. My history with Christianity is complicated, let's leave it at that and move on to the actual book.
Obviously, a lot of readers will have a hard time being objective about a book with a subtitle like A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
, so I'm not going to pretend that I'm the best person to look toward for an unbiased review. I share most of Bell's beliefs and a hearty handful of the four stars I gave it are due to the fact that I think Love Wins
tries to answer important questions -- questions that are especially important for someone from an IFB background -- and I tend to agree with most of Bell's conclusions.
However, his conclusions are drawn somewhat haphazardly. It can be difficult to understand some of his reasoning and I think his arguments could be stronger.
In case you haven't seen this book in person,
as if the book
were a poem.
And the poetic line breaks came off as gimmicky, honestly, especially when there's already a non-standard font and unusual paragraph justification in the mix.
But the title is A+ -- the "love wins" part, I mean -- so bonus points for that.