When Mack Philips's youngest daughter, Missy, is abducted during a family vacation---and later presumed murdered---he thinks life can't get any worse. Then he receives a note, supposedly from God, inviting him back to the scene of the crime. If he returns to the place of his darkest nightmare, will he find despair---or hope? 272 pages, hardcover from Windblown.
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Many days we, as Christians, place God in our own borders and say THIS IS GOD... Sadly, this is dangerous. God tells us in His Word, His ways are not our ways. So in saying this, I LOVED this book. Is God embodied in my own defined borders? NO. Is the LOVE, MERCY and GRACE he calls us to embrace as we walk with Him evident in the words of this book, ABSOLUTELY! Why would any person seek a relationship with someone if we knew everything about them? Don't you still enjoy the mystery of getting to know your spouse? Realizing the amazing person your child is developing into that you never saw? and seeing that God's mercies are greater than the borders you once held Him in? Do I take this book as necessary as the Word of God? Not particularly, but do I LOVE the way that the concepts and truths of the Holy Bible are shown in the story of how God beckons to meet our needs in the season we find ourselves? Aboslutely! I read this book as I was trying to forgive my own father for hurts that cut me as deeply as Mack's father. Through God's mercy displayed in the book, prayers with God and my loving husband, I was able to forgive. I wouldn't take the book as fact, but if you are able to extend the borders that you have placed on God, it is a good read to stretch your mind beyond itself.
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.
This book has some unexpected twists, it kept my attention the whole time - it is a great new way of looking at God
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Very intersting perspective on God,
Date:May 17, 2013
Location:Nova Scotia, Canada
I have read The Shack beofre..loaned it to someone and never got it back, so I wanted to read it again. why I bought a new copy. I just find the author has an interesting perspective on God, on the Blessed Trinity. He helps me appreciate God's love and his relationship with each unique aspect of His personality. Interesting.
Captivated my interest in the very first chapter. Mack asked questions of God that I know many have wondered about and ask over and over, for I have, The whole thing is the learning to accept God as a loving God and not the misconceptions most of us have today. The important thing is learning that we all belong to God and He loves us the same. But mostly to forgive all no matter how bad the offence, which will open our souls up to total peace that we can only find when we do forgive. I would encourage anyone to read this book.
I totally agree with Eugene Peterson. This book will go down in history as a Christian classic. It is fiction so you have to read it with your imagination. It is not meant to be read or interpreted as formal doctrine or theology. It is simply meant to stretch your interpretation of doctrine and religious traditions. I have walked this walk of faith in Christ for thirty years and I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone, including young Christians.
I was led to "The Shack" by a relative who considers herself to be a Christian. She highly praised this book. I found the audio version at our library and listened for days while home cooking and cleaning.
Initially, I was excited by this unconventional depiction of God. What if everything that I had been told about God was a lie and the Holy Bible isn't the true word of God? I began to wonder if Christianity itself was just a mere construction to control the masses and to comfort the weak. Had I become nothing more than an indentured servant tied to a home and children-a virtual slave to my husband? What if instead of being saved out of living a homosexual lifestyle in my youth, I was merely misunderstood?
If the bible isn't the inerrant word of God, maybe God is female as well as male, so maybe I was really born that way instead of being in rebellion to God's word. Why should I struggle with conquering "sin" in my flesh when there is no wrong for me to repent of? What if salvation itself is not necessary, because there is no judgement by an all-powerful God, and a sentence to burn in everlasting hellfire?
The shack abandons the world of absolutes in favor of foolishness that chips away at a Christian's foundation-his/her belief in the God of the bible. Instead, God becomes a black woman, an Asian woman and a Latino carpenter-those 3 in one. If a Christian is defined as being Christ-centered, then this is not it.
I regret ever taking the advice to let "the Shack" into my consciousness. I left my home and my husband and tried to return to my old ways, but God loved me enough not to let me get too far with that. He closed off every door and lovingly showed me the truth (in his word, the KJV, for myself). It was a hard road back, I thank God for everyday that he has restored to our family.
If it was only to keep someone from a similar fate-please don't take that first step into The Shack's "alternate world." I wish I could give negative stars...Please be warned, this can really ruin your life.
I bought this book after hearing about it in weekly Bible Study. I heard that some people criticized it, but after reading through it, I cannot find any fault in it. It is fiction, Christian fiction, with an excellent story of forgiveness, redemption, and love. Some people put God "in a box" to fit their perception of him. The author of "The Shack" shows us that all of our perceptions are just that - perceptions. God is love.
I plan to read this book again, more slowly, to make sure that I did not miss something. This book has made me want to buy one for all of my family members to read. As a believer, I seek a relationship with the Father through His word - the Holy Bible. As a believer, I read this book, and I was pleasantly surprised and very much entertained.
I recommend this book of Christian fiction. It is something that I will not forget. If you buy it and read it, you will not forget it either. There are many kernels of wisdom in "The Shack", and many comforting thoughts, as well.
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Date:June 12, 2012
This book has a great message. I have recommended this book to others.
Though this book is purely fiction I found it to be very uplifting and glorifying to the Lord. It takes God out of the box we so often try to put Him in. Obviously, the Bible is still the best resource for learning about our Mighty Savior but I found this book to be wonderfully inspirational-bear in mind of course that the subject matter is very heavy, but sadly, that's life.