How would you summarize Christianity in 2 words? Could you maybe say, “Jesus saves”? Or maybe something more relevant like “Got Jesus?” For Rob Bell, Christianity is this: Love Wins. Rob has been using the phrase for years at his church and it has even shown up as bumper stickers at my church and printed on Starbucks cups. The curiosity has been, at least for me, what he meant by that phrase. Does it really capture the essence of our faith?
Several years ago a read a few books by Richard Bach. Bach, most renowned for his book Jonathan Livingston Seagull, wrote a book called One. In the preface he talked about Seagull and another book called Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah and commented that he wrote those other books in essence to have the guts to write the book he really wanted to write: One. Having now read every book that Rob Bell has written and watched each of his tour videos, I have to say that this book is Rob’s One, his magnum opus if you will. This is what he has tried to say all these years and what he finally got the nerve to put down on paper and send to his publisher.