Read this book, saw the movie, now I'm reading the book again. Paul Young is an excellent author but this story has taken on a life of it's own. The story allows us to visit with the Trinity in a way never before told. It allows us to see that God is moved by our infirmities and loves us beyond compare. He is not sitting on His throne waiting for us to make a mistake, but is waiting on us to call upon Him in time of need. Mr. Young lets us see a loving Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Purchase the book and keep it on your shelf to read again and again!
Absolutely spell binding, and makes you know where you want your faith to be! Even when things go wrong as they do, you can rest knowing God can make your sorrow into something bigger than you can dream.
This book really made me think about the bible and my faith in a different way. Even if it is a work of fiction and doesn't portray things exactly like the bible it is a great story with a great message. It took me several tries to really get into the book but was able to once I used the audio version. Would love to experience this deep of an immersion to fully deal with the struggles we face. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for something different with a deep desire to dive deeper into faith.
Even if you don't read the book, go on YouTube and listen to the author himself explain what he means by the things he wrote in his book. When interviewed about The Shack, he said, "The Shack is about theology." That means those who say this is just a story do not understand what Young intended. I have dear friends that adore this book. I can understand that because it is a compelling story. The problem is when made aware of some troublesome and unscriptural elements, will we defend the book? or be Bereans and see whether these things are true or not?
1. Bottom line, the book teaches universalism, the believe that all people are or will be saved. He believes all people have been redeemed. There is no repentance or faith necessary for salvation.
2. He has a different view of hell than the Bible. He believes that hell is actually just a restorative process.
3. The book promotes extra biblical revelation. The letter from Papa (a woman representing the Father) is extra biblical revelation, as well as all the conversations between Mack and the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. If God actually said all these things, then they should be added to the canon of Scripture.
4. It places words and false theology in the mouth of God. It goes against scripture in so many ways including teaching that the Father was crucified with the son. Papa shows Mack the scars on her wrists.
5. It promotes feminism. The Jesus of the book said, "the world....would be a much calmer and gentler place if woman ruled.
6. The author believes God is neither male nor female. This goes entirely against the Scriptures where God is referred to as male, and never female.