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The Love Wins Companion: A Study Guide for Those Who Want to Go Deeper

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For anyone who wants to delve deeper into Rob Bell’s bestselling Love Wins, the expansive and accessible Love Wins Companion offers scholarly support and critiques, resources for individuals, groups, and classes, and brand new material by Rob Bell himself. As Love Wins continues to become a touchstone for thousands of readers worldwide, controversy surrounds the book’s arg ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by HarperOne (first published November 1st 2011)
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Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I was so very excited when Love Wins first came out, so needless to say, when I saw this companion I was equally excited for the chance to go deeper into the ideas presented in Rob Bell's previous book. My theology may differ in some ways from the author, but it's always very refreshing, for me, to find other Christians equally willing to express views different from the "mainstream" or "orthodox," who focus on the idea of God and His love as foundational to understanding the Christian faith, an ...more
Joe Iovino
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to hear Bell
Recommended to Joe by: Bell email
I found this book extremely helpful in interacting with Love Wins, and I hope to work through this with a group in my church very soon. I think it opens up doors to great conversations.
I first read Love Wins in the midst of the controversy that surrounded the book. As a bit of a Bell fan, I found myself looking for the heresy rather than reading the book for its content. This Lent I re-read Love Wins with the companion. The companion allowed me to process the theological implications of Bell's
Rob Carmack
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I was pretty underwhelmed with this. I suppose I was expecting more than it offered. My main complaint with Rob Bell's Love Wins was that it lacked a bibliography, so my assumption was that this study guide would provide that. It didn't. However, it did provide a lot more Scriptural references than the original volume did, which I appreciated, but it did not give us much in terms of pointing toward other resources beyond the excerpts in the chapters.

Rob Bell doesn't really have much to do with t
Joseph Shafer
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I don't really understand the controversy. I absolutely do not see him advocating for universalism or some kind of watered down gospel. As a devotional, it's an inspiring piece that gives you more hope for what God can do in the world. If you are reading it to get some kind of philosophical or theological treatise, you are reading the wrong book.

Basically, Bell is saying that as Christians, we need to be focused on what God is doing now, not after we die. He emphasizes the fact that God never gi
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology, religion
I love that this is 3X longer than the actual book. Aspects are very helpful for cultivating conversation. I am especially hopeful for anyone who may have read Love Wins, wants more, and discovered this companion. This will be extremely helpful to them as they, maybe for the first time, work through some big questions. This is a wonderful discussion guide. I recommend it, if not for everyone, at least for a the leader of a Love Wins book group... especially if they don't feel as confident leadin ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
While this provided helpful questions to engage a discussion group, I found some of the "helpful" essays decidedly unhelpful. The one which deeply troubled me was the over-the-top bigoted and racist depiction of a god-like character, Uncle Ben.
Erin Henry
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lots of extra essays by Rob bell and other authors like Oswald Chambers, NT Wright, Peter Rollins, Pope Benedict XVI, Donald Miller, etc. Also has study questions that you can do on your own or in a group.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would make a good study guide for a small group.
Amihai Uriel
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book to read after reading "Love Wins" by Rob Bell. It definitely goes into more detail, and has some great discussion points if you want to use it for a bible study. Definitely recommend !
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great read! Lots of short stories from lots of different people.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Not a lot by Rob, but study questions, readings from other authors, Bible studies to go with it. I found it helpful in our small group.
Apr 07, 2014 added it
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I would love, love, love to form a small group to work our way through this book and companion.
Eric Nentrup
Agreeable, mostly, but forgettable.
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
It would be best to read this alongside the other book.

Perhaps read a chapter from 'Love Wins' and then read the related chapter in this book.

Rob Springer
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
…because I couldn't get enough of Love Wins. Bell doesn't actually write everything in this, though.
Rachel Lloyd
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this book because it introduced me to Frederik Buechner and Cathleen Falsani.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok

Not the best discussion questions :(
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Rob Bell is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of the bestselling Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. A graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, Bell speaks to large crowds around the world and has appeared in a pioneering series of short ...more
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