Author: William Young
Publisher: Windblown Media
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Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his "Great Sadness," Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant "The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!
"This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress' did for his. It's that good!" Eugene Peterson
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I gather that this book has more than a million copies in print and has stayed number one on the NY Times bestsellers list for two months, and that there are more than just rumors that a film will soon be made by one of the major Hollywood studios. So what are we to make of this phenomenon?
Firstly, it presents a welcome change from the writings of the New Atheists. I am delighted to report that 'The Shack' has already had more than double the sales of the much-hyped Richard Dawkins book, 'The God Delusion.' It demonstrates yet again that the public have a keen interest in spiritual themes. To feed that interest with a fable that conveys a lot of Biblical content is a very good thing. This book is likely to go on to sell more than twice as many copies as it has to date because serious marketing has only just begun.
'The Shack' takes on some of the most difficult and perplexing issues of suffering and faith without ducking. I think we would all like the subject of suffering and the existence of a loving, powerful God to be simplerâ€”but itâ€™s not. As a result, some of the discourse between God and Mack (the central character) is pretty dense and demands some time to stop and think. Throughout all the painful events and discussions, the love of God shines through and the implications of human freedom are teased out.
Is it good theology? We will be reading disagreements about that for many years to come and some views will not be very charitable. I doubt that anyone will agree with all the explicit or implicit statements in this novel. But that is the nature of theology. Overall, I was comfortable with the main themes of this story. God is presented in very personal terms and is depicted as loving in all that He/They/She (you will see what I mean when you read it) does and is able to redeem even the most horrific suffering. The grace and love of God is the key, but the catalyst is our forgiveness. I am content with that.
How can a Biblical Christian be happy about a book that tells a story where Father God presents himself as an Afro-Caribbean woman called Papa? Well, it took some getting used to, but I could agree with the point the author was making. Later, God appears to Mack as a much more traditional father figureâ€”maybe Young added that in just to make some long-standing Christians a little more comfortable. I wonâ€™t get into how Jesus and the Holy Spirit are depicted, but itâ€™s worth reading just for that.
Though this book is and will be controversial, it takes a similar approach to that of C.S. Lewis in his Space Trilogy or even Narnia. Fables, or metaphors make a wonderful media for conveying truth in clothes that we are not used to. If we make the mistake of being too literal with the imagery, we will miss the woods for the trees. In this case, the woods are beautiful even if some of the trees are not perfect.
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