When I saw a popular Christian blogger write, “Love Wins for Teens? No thanks.” I knew that was code for “It’s going to piss off a lot of Christians”. So I knew I just had to get it. Reading ‘Love Wins for Teens’ by Rob Bell is bound to deliver you into the path of a ‘heresy’ hunt.
You see, I find it very odd that Christians, who claim to follow the God who loves us so much that he sent his only begotten Son, would be so downright critical of a book about God’s love, especially a book that tells teens how much God loves them.
I get the feeling that Rob’s 20 years in ministry has given him some insight into the kinds of questions teenagers are asking about God. He presents those questions throughout his book and they are the same questions my own teens have asked.
Our kids have legitimate questions about God and about how some Christians are
representing misrepresenting him.
In generations past, kids were told they could be seen but not heard. I think that is a dangerous way to approach raising teens in the era God has placed us in.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with Rob’s answers in this book, it behooves you as a parent to read it anyway. It will give you a clearer idea of what goes through a teens mind about the God you serve.
Rob unpacks the importance and responsibility we have with our free will. He paints an alarming picture of what happens when we “go out and do whatever we want” as well as what happens when we think we’ve “lived exactly as God tells us to”. He parked it in the story of the prodigal family and reveals how we can be like one brother or the other, but uncovers the beauty of the most important person in the story, which is the father.
I found liberty through the pages of ‘Love Wins for Teens’ and wish I would have had this book when I was a curious teen asking questions about Jesus, heaven and hell. Along with that liberty, I found responsibility.. a challenge about what one naturally does once they know and experience the power of God’s saving grace.
‘Love Wins for Teens’ is now required reading for my teens. It’s not a book that promotes religion, it’s a book that inspires faith.
*Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for reviewing this book and I purchased the Kindle version myself.
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