I am a little surprised and frankly disappointed that this book is even sold on Christianbook.com because it clearly teaches universalism which is heresy. I can't however say that I'm surprised that there will be a movie version of the blasphemous book "The Shack" (written by a universalist) coming out soon. It does however concern me that so many Christians will not only read this book blind of its deceptions but will also flock to see the film and never even realize all of the heresies that are in this ridiculous story..The lack of basic theological knowledge among Christians is disheartening and disturbing...and yes theology does matter!
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young is a thought-provoking book. The author has interesting perspectives on life. A small group of 6-8 women gathered each week to discuss one chapter at a time. The first time I read it independently. Reading for group discussion was great.
The Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit are presented by the author in alternative personages. It is refreshing to consider different views. My reading group used Scripture to validate the author's points and to question our own preconceived notions. I would recommend this book for independent reading and for group discussion. It might be helpful to look into one of the study guides that are sold separately.
Like the author, I have known deep tragedy, and more than once. The picture of God that he portrays in this book is not in any way, shape, or form, the God of the Bible. I made myself finish the book even though it made me heartsick to do so. If the author's intent was to provide comfort in some way, he failed miserably.