I personally loved this book! I gave it to my lady friends for Christmas and all loved it! It's great how it takes heartache and portrays gods healing power in our lives. Also Gods faithfulness and desire to be close to us dispute us pushing him away. Must read!
I'm sure Mr. Young's motive for writing The Shack was a good one. But as a Bible-believing Christian I'm troubled that he felt the need to picture God in such an outrageously unbiblical fashion. He certainly did not need to do that to get this story on the "Best-Sellers" list. The storyline is intriguing, and his writing style is engaging, but some of his ideas cross the line between taking fictional liberties with biblical concepts in order to write a novel, and grossly twisting fundamental biblical truths. For example, Mr. Young's portrayal of God as a female is an enormous step away from how God clearly reveals himself in the Bible.
I can only guess Mr. Young's religious motive for writing this book was to shock lethargic Christians out of their stereotypical concepts of God, but what he ends up doing, I think, is telling his readers (both Christian and non-Christian) that the Bible's depiction of God is inaccurate, thus giving potential friends of the faith, as well as outright enemies of Christianity, another reason to dismiss the Bible as little more than a fairytale, and an outdated, non-authoritative one, at that.
Friend, if you're going to read this book, keep in mind that it is a work of fiction and in no way represents an accurate view of the heavenly Father of Christianity taught by Jesus Christ and his Apostles. My prayer is that Mr. Young will rethink his position and use his incredible skills to write a sequel to The Shack that better represents the God of the Bible.