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Author and former pastor Rob Bell’s interview with Oprah Winfrey on her “Super Soul Sunday” program this past weekend featured aspects of the Michigan native’s rise to ministry and his founding of a megachurch, to suddenly finding himself the subject of controversy and criticism over his 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, and the adversity and pressure that eventually led him to depart from the faith community he had been leading for years.

“Love Wins held on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 24 weeks and helped usher in what some might call a new brand of Christianity…which didn’t sit well with everybody, of course,” states Winfrey in the narrated introduction to the interview. “Prominent conservative Christians called him a ‘false prophet’ and even…’a heretic.’

“The onslaught took its toll and Rob was shaken. He had never intended to become a polarizing figure. He says he just wanted to shine a light on the questions that many Christians struggled with in private.”

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