Is Hell Real? (“Erasing Hell” Book Review)

Book:  “Erasing Hell”

Author:  Francis Chan

This book is a response to the recent argument in theological circles that hell is not a literal place.  Many struggle with the idea of hell, and for good reason, it is not a pleasant place.  How could a loving God send someone there?  Do those sent there truly spend eternity there?  The answers to these questions should be life-changing…because if hell truly is a real place and is an eternal place of torment, wouldn’t we do everything we can do stop people from going there?!?

Disclaimer:  Francis Chan is one of my favorite speakers/authors out there.  His book “Crazy Love” literally was life-changing in my life.  That being said, I will do my best not to allow that bias or fandom to enter my evaluation.

What I liked:

  1. 1.       No IMHO – These are not opinions in this book.  Each subject or question about hell uses Scriptural support.  And not just one passage, but many to support each claim made.
  2. 2.       Convicting – The description of hell and its everlasting qualities convict you.  Without ruining the findings, you leave these pages convicted that the world needs to hear about Jesus.
  3. 3.       Cherry on top – At the end of the book, following compelling arguments and deep Biblical study…the gospel message is given.  Very appropriate.

What I didn’t like:

  1. 1.       Anybody got a pen? – With any Francis Chan book, it is such an easy read that I often forget to soak in the ideas and concepts.  I end up reading to quickly wanting to get to the next page.  I realize being a page-turner is not a weakness…but you are warned:  have your pen ready.
  2. 2.       Advertisement at the end – Thought the advertisement for his previous book wasn’t needed at the end.   A page or two maybe, but to do the whole sneak peek thing…eh.

Recommendation:  A must read.  It wrestled with the aspects of hell fairly and Scripturally.  A good reminder for any preacher…for any Christian!

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One thought on “Is Hell Real? (“Erasing Hell” Book Review)

  1. Caleb says:

    For a good theological discussion of various views of hell check out the book “Four Views on Hell.” (http://www.amazon.com/Four-Views-Hell-William-Crockett/dp/0310212685) This is one of a series of books which places various theological debates into written form.

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