I finished reading the book “The Shack” recently and I wanted to post some thoughts.
First, I don’t see why all the controversy. I know some big name people have some very strong opinions about the book and people are quite concerned about it. I don’t get it. The most important thing to remember about the book is it is FICTION. This is not a theological text book or a claim as an add-on to the Bible. It is a work of fiction and should be taken as such. Anyone that is wasting their time trying to pick this book apart theologically is just focused the wrong way and spinning their wheels. Why do we have to make everything an issue as if the future of the body of Christ rests on a book? Many did so with “DaVinci Code” and now this. These are fiction works.
Are there problems with “The Shack” when stacked up to theological understandings? Yes. The same could be said about almost EVERY piece of literature ever written. No work outside of scripture is the infallible and perfect Word of God.
However, I do believe “The Shack” does a decent job addressing why bad things happen and what God’s role is in the dirty and dark side of life. I also think it captures God’s character in many ways, though not perfectly. Again, only scripture does that. I appreciate how the author dealt with man placing self in position of judge over God and the emotion involved in it.
The book is pretty well written. It engages the reader from the start and keeps you engaged. I didn’t get bored reading it which I easily do with many books and the vast majority of fiction. If you are a parent of young children, the emotion and description of the abduction is heart wrenching. Honestly, I almost stopped reading it during that portion because it was hitting close to home.
I’m glad I read the book. One thing that always irks me is when people are against something based on what someone else says. I heard many say negative things about the book and they had never read it or done any real research on it. They heard a sermon or read a blog by a person, who didn’t necessarily read it either, and then made their judgment based on that. I also know of people warning others not to read it and turning it into an issue of spiritual warfare. WHAT? is all I will say to that.
If you like fiction or are curious, pick up a copy and check it out. If you know someone dealing with a tragic loss, this is something to consider as a conversation piece with them.
We just need to remember, this is not scripture and does not claim to be.
I’m sure there are some that have very strong feelings about this. You are free to comment. Just remember, it’s my blog, and I’m free to moderate. 🙂