Book Review: “The Shack” by William P. Young

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My review of “The Shack” on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 10:45pm

“The Shack”
by William P. Young

I have finally finished reading “The Shack”, several friends have asked for me to post what I think about “The Shack” so here goes:
I have to say it is very interesting, it’s hard to follow and hard to swallow though.
It’s full of emotion, and you can get wrapped up in that. You will laugh, cry, get mad, be sad, and happy while reading this book.
It may challenge what you know and believe, in an intellectual sort of way, not necessarily in a spiritual realm.
It might make you question what you don’t know and don’t understand and think deeper thoughts than you really want to think.
It takes you out of your comfort zone mentally, and makes you think that some parts of this book are true heresy while other parts of it are so unique and entertaining that is keeps you reading just to get to the “end of the story”.
All in all, I had to keep reminding myself that this is absolute fiction and I had to remind myself not to say “well, I don’t think that’s biblical”, ahhhhhhh, because it’s not a biblical book.  So you have to know going in that this book does not line up with scripture, not that I’m any scholar on the subject of course.  The one part of the book that really bothered me the most was when the main character “Mack” is told that he must forgive someone in order to release that person to God. Which implies that God is kinda limited and can’t act in someone elses life until we forgive them. There is also a part that implies that we are all equal to God in some ways.
Anyway, for a moving work of fiction it was pretty good, I would have enjoyed it just as much if the characters had been totally different.  Not going to give it away by saying exactly who the main characters are.  You will know exactly what I am talking about if you read the book.
I’ll sum it up by saying; I am ready for my very own personal trip to “the shack”
Well, that’s my little review, I’m no biblical scholar or professional critic, but that’s just my 2cents worth and it’s free.

 

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