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  1. The Shack
    The Shack
    William P. Young
    Windblown Media / Trade Paperback
    $7.49 Retail: $15.00 Save 50% ($7.51)
    3.5 Stars Out Of 5 2255 Reviews
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  1. Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Meh...
    January 22, 2016
    JenniferB
    Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Well, who hasn't reviewed The Shack? This will just be a drop into the massive bucket that is online reviewing, but here goes.

    If I've said it once, I've said it at least 5 or 6 times...it's terribly hard to do teaching fiction well. It always comes off sounding a little bit cheesy. In that respect, The Shack is to Christians what the Celestine Prophecy was to the New Age movement a couple of decades ago. Will we look back communally on our fascination with this title and wince once a few more years go by? It's certainly possible (although Christian readers are perhaps a bit more loyal.)

    I was a bit late to the scene of The Shack, reading it a couple of years after it's release. It was honestly hard to see what all the hoopla was about. This book isn't great literature, it isn't a spectacular allegory, and it isn't great theology. To compare it to Pilgrim's Progress as an editorial review does here, is...well...rather misguided.

    Another point to consider is that if you don't deal well with topics of child loss, you may not be able to stomach this book. I told my husband he probably shouldn't read it. He'd rather avoid that kind of content because we have seven children who he frets over.

    I won't dig into the theology. Google Challies' huge in depth PDF review if you want some of that.

    The Shack ultimately has some warm-fuzzy moments about God, and perhaps the biggest takeaway here is that Jesus is a real person, one you can have a real, authentic, loving relationship with. I'm not sure that reminder justified reading the whole book in my case, though there are probably seekers out there who will be pointed to Jesus through the popularity of this work.

    If I enjoyed teaching fiction more, I'd rate this work higher, but as it is....meh, I can't really see the cause for all the applause.

    I received a review copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Refreshing
    December 30, 2015
    Needa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I stumbled upon this book. Loved reading it. I was so impressed by the book, I purchased it for several friends. We have enjoyed many conversations and Bible studies as a result of what we read. It has restored and revived us. Made us crave to understand, see and desire more of God in our lives. My friends and I realize there is some controversy over this book and it should never replace studying your Bible.
  3. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Loathe this book
    November 12, 2015
    O
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I managed to pick up a free copy years ago from somewhere because I wanted to know what all the fuss about the book was and have my own informed opinion. I can emphatically state that the god portrayed in this book is NOT God. There is irreverent banter between God the Father and Jesus completely nullifying His holiness. Furthermore, the Trinity is portrayed as two women (the Father, the Holy Spirit) and one man (Jesus). That alone is blasphemous as God is identified throughout Scripture as He. The definition of faith is some philosophical nonsense and not the one given in Scripture. There's so much more wrong with it. Even books written in the fiction genre when being sold as Christian themed literature should have their grounding in Scripture. Make no mistake this book isn't grounded in Scripture, and it has the potential to confuse and lead people from the Truth. It's not more than one of the wolves in sheep's clothes that we are warned about. Everything deemed Christian must hold up to Scripture all of which is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be fully equipped for every good work. This book deserves zero stars, but it wasn't an option. I loathe The Shack.
  4. connecticut
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Save your Money
    August 24, 2015
    Brooke
    connecticut
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for The Shack.
    Two people gave this book to me as a gift - after reading just a few pages, I threw them both away. Definitely not a book based on true Christianity and not something that should be suggested to unbelievers - it will only confuse them.
  5. MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Fiction
    June 2, 2015
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    MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for The Shack.
    This book may not be a terribly written work of Fiction. However, this IS a book of FICTION! The slippery slope is reading something like this and expecting it to really guide you to biblical truth. This book holds many fallacies that may cloud your judgement when looking into God's perfect Word.

    I should think those of true, strong, Christian faith would not be so interested in reading this. I also think it is dangerous for an immature Christian to be reading such a thing. May you enjoy reading and hold it to the light of God's truth to see if what you are reading is pleasing in His sight.

    Be sure of this, that there is ONLY ONE WAY to the Father and that is through His Son Jesus Christ. May you truly accept Him into your life as Lord and Savior, so that you may be with Him and His Father in Heaven for eternity.
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