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Shirking The Shack

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The ShackA month or two ago, I was talking with a good friend of mine.  During that conversation, he recommended a book to me — a book that, he said, had a profound impact on him and his walk with Christ.

So, on his recommendation, I bought the book and began reading it.  However, life threw a couple of curve balls at me and the book took a seat on the proverbial bench and I started to go back and pick it up this week.  Before I could, though, Tim Challies points to a review of William Young’s The Shack over at Out of Ur, a blog by Christianity Today.  In that review, they had this to say:

Young does two things I wouldn’t advise fiction writers to do: 1) depict the Trinity in bodily form and 2) put words in the Trinity’s mouth. My fear would be that such attempts would result in hokey prose—and, to be honest, that happens from time to time in The Shack.

In reading this post, I was pointed to Challies’ 17-page review of The Shack — which can be downloaded as a PDF file here.

After reading the post at Out of Ur, and Challies’ review, I’m faced with having to choose between reading the book for myself and drawing my own conclusions based upon the Word and the Truth — or trusting people like Tim Challies and Mark Driscoll to warn me of the possible dangers in the book and not invest time in a book that may not give a return, spiritually speaking.

I think CT makes a good point at the end of their article by saying:

Regardless of how you feel about it, it seems The Shack is destined for fame, if only for a short while. I’m sure [others] will want to know what you think of it.

I pray I make the right decision.  I’ve already passed on a recommendation for The Shack based on what little I had read and the word of those who had read the book (and liked it).  I need to apologize to those I’ve spoken to regarding this book — I had no idea it was so divisive and I had not read it completely.  I think in the future, I need to hold off on giving my opinion on books until I have read the book, or a majority of it at least.


Written by Andy

June 20, 2008 at 8:02 am

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  1. I don’t know if I was the one who recommended The Shack to you, but I would do it again and again. There is something quite enlightening about seeing God and knowing he is there when you read the words from this book. It will change the way you will look at God or at least challenge it. It helped me to see that the Body of Christ is a true reflection of the Image of God. We are imagebearers. I hope you do read the book and not trust anyone to make decisions for you. Maybe we all need to see Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit with skin on. The Shack helped to realize the Trinity is real and active in my life. That God does care for me and want to have an on-going conversation with me. So think for yourself, read for yourself and when you are done if need be, dismiss it for yourself. Either way, I think you will be changed.

    Kortland Fuqua

    June 26, 2008 at 10:35 pm

  2. I personally loved the book, and wrote a review of it on my other blog. The Shack is most definitely not the Bible, but it doesn’t claim to be. If you read it as a work of fiction, but are open to challenging the box we tend to put God into, then I think it’s great. It’s obviously not a Bible study or to be used in lieu of the Bible.

    Rambling Rose

    June 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm

  3. Good words. I still haven’t decided on what to do with the book, but will surely check out your review. Thanks for the heads up and the great point(s).


    July 1, 2008 at 10:37 am

  4. But, if you wait until you have actually read the book thoroughly and reflected on it carefully before drawing your conclusions and publishing them for the world to read, that would apparently make you more mature and discerning than Mark Driscoll! Interesting.



    September 11, 2008 at 4:28 am

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