Saturday, September 17, 2011
Hell is Real (But I Hate To Admit It) by Brian Jones
Jones believes that the reason most Christians don’t tell their friends about Jesus has nothing to do with not knowing how—it’s because they don’t think they need to. As Jones writes, the first four years he was a pastor, he didn’t believe in hell himself. Today, he shares his story of discovering the truth that hell exists—and why many Christians are afraid to believe in it.
Hell Is Real motivates Christians who have grown complacent in their view of hell. Drawing on the teachings of Jesus, Jones leads readers into a head-on collision with apocalyptic urgency—the all-consuming, inspiring conviction that will overcome readers when they realize that hell is real and they can help save people from going there.
Jones answers four questions about hell and whether it is real. There are lots of scriptures to prove it is a real place. A place you do not want to go nor do you want anyone else to. He tells his story of how he didn't believe in hell until four years after becoming a Pastor. For me, this was a surprising fact. Christianity is based on Jesus' dying on the cross to become sin for us and to reconcile us to the Father so that we do not spend eternity in hell.
Jones uses the last chapters with ways to share and not to share your faith. The advice he gives is practical. Christians should be telling the lost about hell and how to avoid it. This book doesn't give graphic descriptions but he does get his point across. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.