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Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Olson, also author of Questions to All Your Answers and Who Needs Theology?, tackles not only the positive spiritual impact of The Shack, but also the conflicting theologies that may confuse Christians. For example, in Chapter 4, titled, Is God in Charge but Not in Control?, Olson says Young is over the top in a passage describing Gods submission, but later in the same paragraph he writes, There is some truth in it, but surely it could be expressed in a better way. His style allows for both negative and positive aspects of the book to come to light, providing a neutral, yet informational, look at the spiritual elements of The Shack.
The most valued aspect of Olsons guide remains his unwavering honesty and bravery in trying to tackle meaty and mysterious Christian questions, including why bad things happen to good people, why there is evil in the world, whether Jesus is more Jew than Christian, and how God can be comprised of a Trinity. Olson does not back away from making a valiant attempt to provide explanations for these difficult topics and rarely falls back on the stereotypical answer of God works in mysterious ways. He also makes a point to analyze the praise and problems that The Shack presents to theology and its sometimes vague representations of God. Olson takes into account that The Shack is a work of fiction and, therefore, he allows for a certain range of creative license, while simultaneously making an imaginative work applicable to furthering walks of faith.
Finding God in the Shack contains complex and heavy themes, yet explains them in a simple manner that readers will appreciate. It is the perfect reading companion to The Shack and is highly recommended to the Christian community. Nan Johnson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
The extraordinary success of The Shack and the wave of discussions it has engendered combine to make Olson's work an important commentary.
A helpful guide. At once a guide for the seekers and a reference manual for Christians who might be helping them in their search. Olson highlights each theological point raised in The Shack and expands on it from a biblical perspective. A handy study guide with questions is included at the end of the book. Finding God in the Shack would be a great companion to a book discussion group in your neighborhood or church.
Read The Shack first and then read through Olson's treatment of its themes. Olson's book also can be used in a class or group setting since it includes a study guide. Olson's clarifications are excellent. Finding God in the Shack will give us additional biblical information to keep us grounded in our faith.
"Olson offers a fair and wise assessment."
"I kept wondering what a good theologian would make of all this and was not disappointed when one of the nation's leading evangelical scholars stepped up to address the issues raised in The Shack. Dr. Olson, professor of theology at Baylor's George Truett Seminary, gives us his just-released Finding God in the Shack, a book conveniently divided into twelve chapters with a study guide; perfect for a quarterly group study or reading circle."
"If you have questions about The Shack, and if your questions are theological, and if some have suggested that this book is full of heresy and you are wondering about the book, then you need to read Roger Olson. The reason this book is the one you need is because Roger Olson is a very good theologian and Roger Olson has read the book (some critics haven't) and Roger Olson is not on some defense of the book or 'out to attack' the book. It is one of the only discussions of the novel that is both theologically alert and fair minded."
"Written by theology professor Roger Olson at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, the book attempts to defuse concerns over The Shack's unorthodox depictions of God and the Trinity. Dr. Olson correctly points out that much of Mr. Young's novel is actually quite biblical."
"Author Roger Olson takes the reader on a play by play of William Young's The Shack as he explores the book's many complex and controversial issues. The discussion is illuminating as well as intriguing."