"God is love! It's that simple, that profound.

"Paul believed this. He gave the Corinthians a wonderful description of what our religion should involve and what it should look like: 'For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love' (Gal. 5:6, MSG).

"Isn't that brilliant? Religion and nonreligion are firmly put in their place by God's love. And our intellects are given something to work on. Paul encourages us to think! It is okay to think! Sometimes our little gray cells are put on the back burner by those who want us to follow a faith they prescribe. It is good to unwrap a package. How can we receive the gift if we don't delve a bit?

"Do not be afraid. God can be trusted. You are free to love, to explore, to ask questions, to think. That is the invitation Rob Bell puts before us in Love Wins and now in The Love Wins Companion. We are invited to step outside of the boat and draw closer to the one who calls us and wants to be known. Do not be afraid. God appreciates our efforts and smiles at our failings. He loves our humor when we lighten our load and when we enjoy the presence of his Spirit in our lives. God is willing to be found — by anyone who is looking. That's good news. And the password is love."