LOVED this book! The book has some interesting components to it in regard to how the author portrayes God at times. Some could make these portrayals controversial though I care not to and enjoyed the book as a written art form. The book was written with much thought and will make the reader think as well. I had my 14 year old daughter read it. Though she was alittle resistant to read something her mom suggested to her, it turns out that The Shack is now one of her favorite books! I did not order the Study Guide to the book though I wish I had so my daughter and I could've discussed it in detail. A GREAT book for an adult or teen book club or church group --much opportunity for group discussion/literary analysis. This book will make you laugh and cry. Allows you an opportunity to virtually visit with God and I found myself never wanting to end that visit. Really needs a sequel. Very powerful.
I was surprised that i hadn't heard of this book when it came out. However, it came at a good time for me and i've found several friends who wanted to read it. It's a different look at the trinity but the theology and message came through clearly and it kept me reading. The joy of being with God is well presented and acts as a devotional vehicle. It renewed my confidence that He is especially fond of me!