The title and cover design for this book instantly grabs your attention. In my many years of reading and writing about books, I find few address the subject of Hell but Kevin Benton is passionate about it. In the introduction, he states his reason for this book: "My presupposition is that hell is a real place, and there are real people there. My purpose in writing A FIELD TRIP TO HELL is eightfold: I want, first, to explore with my readers whether there is a divine saving grace and knowledge and if the evidence shows we will be spending eternity in either heaven or hell. My second purpose is to challenge professing Christians to make sure they understand the ramifications of true faith and the afterlife. Even "professing Christians" can wind up in a real place of punishment called hell. The third purpose is to motivate believers to develop a passion about fulfilling the Great Commission. Fourth, I want to take readers on a field trip to hell by way of the Word of God incorporated into the story. I am hoping our trip will bring some understanding and clarity to the most frequently asked questions about the dreadful nature of hell while proposing some nontraditional aspects. The fifth purpose of this book is to encourage those without faith to come to faith. The sixth purpose is to encourage believers to make sure their questions on the afterlife are answered. The seventh purpose of this book is to hearten those who have made decisions for Jesus Christ. And the eighth purpose of this book is to offer some essential instructions for growth in the Christian life." (page 20 to 21).
Benton combines his personal experiences with stories and lessons from the Bible to explain his perspective. The subtitle for the book, "Experience the 30 Torments of Hell Firsthand Without Having to Stay for Eternity" comes into the book in the ninth chapter during a standing room only seminar Benton and his wife lead at a conference. Each of these 30 Torments are explained in detail. The stories and the writing encourage the reader to keep turning the pages and to complete the book--which I commend. My only caution about this title is that at times, Benton strays from his topic of hell into more of a personal memoir. Overall he presents pointed information on an unusual topic and I commend him for his courage and effort to pull it together into a single volume.