Author of several rather controversial books on Christian spirituality, Bell (founding pastor, Mars Hill Bible Church, Grand Rapids, MI; Velvet Elvis) is nothing if not a hip pastor. His books generally reconcile Christian belief with modern life in novel ways, but in his broadest theological statement yet, Bell treads old territory: by a rather curious and selective reading of the Bible, he suggests that our ideas of hell are too broad and our notion of heaven too small-in short, he is a good old-fashioned American Universalist. VERDICT For many mainstream or conservative Christians, Bell's message will (as usual) go too far; for younger or more open-minded Christians, it may well have the intended effect-to bring readers and believers closer to God. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.