The Prodigal Gospel of Rob Bell.pdf (329 KB)
The Prodigal Gospel of Rob Bell.doc (437 KB)
Be warned, be very awarned: this is a lengthy review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins. By which I mean that the files appended to this opening post will print out at 105 pages–and I’m not even going to comment on (most of) the scriptural context issues! (That would be well worth doing, pro and/or con, but it’s also a whole other huge project in itself.)
One of our members, Gem, has started a different discussion thread here for chapter by chapter group discussion of the book. I certainly recommend participating in it!
I posted up parts with a few days between (except for Parts 1 and 2 which went up together), so as to allow visitors time to digest the big gulps, and so as to allow members time to comment a bit between installments. (And to give me time to compose more!)
This opening post features a table of contents with links to the parts of the review; and I’ve added links at the end of each part to the start of the next in case readers want to skip over any subsequent discussion (if any).
Part 1: Goofy Introductory Comments Now (It’s also the immediately following comment, so there’s a good chance you can see it already… )
Part 2: Duck Season
Part 3: A Really Short Review (And Why It Won’t Be Short)
The post with the “really short review” itself can be found here. It’s a paragraph.
Part 4: Tireing Of Suspicious Innuendo And Personal Relationships
Part 5: This Feels Like It’s Going On Forever
Part 6: Fishy For Hell
Part 7: Love Wins! (Or At Least Doesn’t Lose!)
Part 8: Taking it Personally
Part 9: Rock On (Rob’s chapter 6 is the key to everything else in his book. If you read only one part, read this one. If you read only one chapter, read that one.)
Part 10: The Prodigal Gospel (This is the grand finale, covering Rob’s 7th and 8th/epilogue chapters.)
I have also written a far more formal 13-page summary review, which is available for download here.