The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity Mackenzie Allen Philips Youngest Daughter, Missy, Has Been Abducted During A Family Vacation, And Evidence That She May Have Been Brutally Murdered Is Found In An Abandoned Shack Deep In The Oregon Wilderness Four Years Later In The Midst Of HisGreat Sadness,Mack Receives A Suspicious Note, Apparently From God, Inviting Him Back To That Shack For A WeekendAgainst His Better Judgment He Arrives At The Shack On A Wintry Afternoon And Walks Back Into His Darkest Nightmare What He Finds There Will Change Mack S World ForeverIn A World Where Religion Seems To Grow Increasingly Irrelevant The Shack Wrestles With The Timeless Question, Where Is God In A World So Filled With Unspeakable Pain The Answers Mack Gets Will Astound You And Perhaps Transform You As Much As It Did Him You Ll Want Everyone You Know To Read This Bookbook Description From The Back Cover

Wm Paul Young is a Canadian author Young was the oldest of four He spend the majority of his first decade with his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea West Papua , among the Dani, a tribal people When he was six he was sent to a boarding school.The manuscript, that later became The Shack, was intended only for his six kids and for a handful of close friends Af

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  • The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
  • William Paul Young
  • English
  • 06 November 2018
  • 9780964729230

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  1. says:

    I know, I know Everyone loves this book No fewer than forty three people asked me Have you read The Shack yet Invariably, they responded to my negative response with something along the lines of You have to It changed my life I was full of questions, and life stunk, and then I read the book, and God made sense to me, I understood quantum physics effortlessly, and all of a sudden I could spin flax into gold So, what I m about to say is going to make a lot of people pretty angry.The Shack appears to me to be an ex hippie s best attempt at amalgamating God, Dr Phil, and Oprah The writing is bad, the story is cheesy, the format is formulaic and cliche, and the theology is spotty and poorly explained at best, and downright heretical at worst I was not impressed If it makes a lot of people think hard thoughts about God that they d rather avoid, then I suppose that s fine I m just not sure hard thinking should be done at the expense of clear thinking And I m certain bad writing is no way to advance good theology even if this were.

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    Having had such high hopes for this book, I was sadly disappointed about its content, being for the most part simply unbiblical Yes, there were poignant scenes and emotional moments that moved me to tears but that does not tip the scales against all of the errors slipped in and truths that were twisted Being protective especially of new Christians, I strongly caution anyone about reading it This book should be read with much discernment.Please read the Bible and learn about the Way, the Truth, and the Life There is nothing good about this book that the Lord can t teach you without it.I d like to write a thorough review when I have time For now, here is a good one to read Update Friends, I still do not recommend this book Here are a few articles that may help you understand why Reply to It s just fiction comments.http www.challies.com archives gene07 26 17 UPDATE Hi guys I ve meant to come back to this review, especially since the movie came out, but I haven t had the time or energy Yes, OF COURSE God can use anything to reach people Nothing is impossible with Him Years ago, He used the first few chapters of a book to remind me of His love for me and bring me back to Him I stopped reading it once I realized it was a prosperity gospel book, but it had served its purpose I wouldn t recommend reading that book to anyone, and I don t recommend anyone read this book either Why Because it preaches yes, preaches a different gospel and does not line up with the Word of God A close family member of mine was one of the first people to read this book She and the author talked back and forth at length about the theology of it He wrote it to share his views and theology with his children and it got around and became a book My family member gave it to our whole family and told us what a life changing book it had been for her She highlighted it and scribbled in the margins like a Bible This was a pivotal and instrumental book in her life I ll just say I have seen what the fruit of Universalism is Live like hell and go to heaven, even murderers are God s children , it was all forgiven at the cross without repentance If Jesus doesn t judge me, then who the f do you think you are No, I m sorry to say this is not just a book of fiction This book has led many away from the true Gospel So many are aching to know God To know and FEEL the love of God God is love But God is also righteous, just, and holy Universalism is not the Good News The Good News is that God loved the world so much He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to take the sin of the world upon Himself and sacrifice His perfect, sinless life and body for us to make atonement for our sins and rescue us from the penalty of sin, hell but we must believe in Him, choose Him, repent of our sins, and submit to His loving authority For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life John 3 16 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem You are witnesses of these things Luke 24 45 48 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved Romans 10 9 He must be our Savior AND Lord And He said to all, If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it Luke 9 23 24 As an aside, the disrespectful way Jesus was portrayed drove me nuts He was God in the flesh, not a mere clumsy human I cannot go into all of the errors in this book today I don t have the time It reminded me of when Jesus was tempted in the desert and satan twisted scripture at every turn Jesus, as the Word of God, was than able to contradict the enemy s lies and silence him with scripture In response to why I delete some comments Way back when I opened my private Goodreads account, I thought my reviews were only for my private Goodreads friends only had two negative reviews of this book at the time I read it before it really took off so I figured I d put this out there for my close friends I was taken aback when people started posting on my reviewmany were furious with me and slammed me for being judgmental and bigoted People who didn t know me in real life The hilarity of calling me of all people judgmental and bigoted would have made me laugh if it hadn t make me so mad Ha Some members would friend me only to send me awful messages and I had to request Goodreads to block one particularly vicious member So yes, if someone is condescending or rude, I delete their comment If they are so off the wall, I don t have time to reply, I delete their comment Frankly, I find venomous comments ironic considering what the book teaches They can spew hate on their own review Thankfully, I have the authority to delete comments on mine If you want to post about how your religious degrees and pedigrees or experiences give you the right to belittle me or people like me, do it on your own review None of that will change my narrow mind God has given me peace and discernment about this book I have four kids and little time or patience for anonymous disrespect and online arguments I understand how attached we become to our books especially the ones special to our hearts I can see how this would be that special book to some However, I stand by my original review God bless you all and guide you to Himself.

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    Pure drivel This book read like a Betty Crocker recipe gone bad take one all American Jesus lovin fearing family, add one unexplainable tragedy, mix with equal parts anger , guilt and sadness , bake for three weeks and get a bitter man who has turned his back on God Alias, no need to give up, because God writes our hero a personalized note, and tells him to meet him in the shack the place of his daughter s murder , funny thing is, god is a black woman cooking pancakes in the kitchen who says you can me god, Yahweh or just plain ol Jessie, I answer to all three Yes, I said pancakes.I could go on, but it s just too easy The lesson of power of forgiveness was demonstrated well, but no better than the Hallmark card I bought my boss when I spilled a whole bottle of red wine on his new suit..

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    I was recommended this book by several people who found it both moving and fresh So Mr Young certainly has an audience for this glib encounter between Mack, the everyman, and God I, however, must not be the intended audience Despite the fact millions of copies have been sold and the book has climbed its way to the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List, I found The Shack to be preachy and fake to the point of insincerity The main characters are so flat and one dimensional that one can barely believe they are in need of redemption By all accounts Nan is the perfect wife So much so, she harbors no ill will or judgments against her husband, even when their young daughter is kidnapped while in Mack s care The rational among us realize that it was not Mack s fault young Missy was snatched by a serial killer, but one can hardly suspend their disbelief that in the face of such tragedy, the family confronts little of the typical doubt and blame so many have felt under similar circumstances Granted occasionally guilt creeps to the surface, as Missy s sister Kate becomes sullen and silent, blaming herself for her sister s fate, but all in all the family appears to do quite well I supposed this shouldn t surprise the reader, however Mack has already overcome many trials, including horrible abuse at the hands of his father In spite of leaving home at a tender age, Mack becomes educated, successful and a wonderful husband and father Sound too good to be true Don t worry the author is Mack s long time friend and confidant, chosen by Mack to write this detailed account of his spiritual transformation Or is he In the forward, Mr Young journals about his friendship with Mack, his struggle to truly believe Mack s story and ultimately his decision to help Mack turn his experience into a book But wait, this book is fiction, and despite the author William Young inserting himself into the story as the gun wielding, jeep owning Willie, this is not a memoir, it s a novel A literary device or dishonest intent, I ll let you decide, but at very least it s horribly misleading, lending credibility where it is not due But that s not the point is it This book is bringing a fresh perspective to the theological scene But I didn t find it fresh or even slightly startling Could it be that this 1 bestseller is actually dull and trite Absolutely Mr Young attempts to grab the reader by making God the Father appear to Mack as a woman Are you completely blown away Unable to wrap your mind around the religious consequences No I didn t think so, because at the very least, you ve taken 7th grade Ancient Civilizations and you know that yes, there have been people, in fact, entire cultures that have pictured god as a woman More recently, the cult classic film, Dogma, after a series of affronts on Christian assumptions disgruntled angels wreaking havoc, descendants of Jesus walking among us , reveals that God is a girl Oh, but Mr Young goes a step further his God is not just a woman, but a black woman Does that make any difference It shouldn t Young is assuming that our white Protestant values will be affronted by this depiction, making his novel all that shocking and controversial I for one am offended certainly God can be represented as an african american woman, but I do not find these ideas mind blowing The fact that Mr Young does shows how little he really understands His caricature of God for that s what it is seems to only use proper grammar about 90% of the time Is this what you think black people sound like, Mr Young and his depictions of Jesus and the Holy Spirit fall flat They are neither engaging nor inspiring Only the scenes with the personification of God s wisdom seem to have what this book is lacking passion Mack finally reveals what the rest of us have been feeling all along, anger anger that a small child like Missy could be brutally murdered by an evil man, who gets away And that brings me to The Missy Project At the end of the book, right after the acknowledgements, the author tells us about this special project, and I think to myself, Finally, after 250 pages, here s something I can believe in The author is going to donate all of his money from this horrible book to helping find missing children But I was disappointed yet again The Missy Project is just some strange scheme to sell books Yes, that s right, Mr Young lists ways you can help him get copies of his book into circulation Are you kidding me And so I end this review with a challenge If you really want to be spiritually transformed, don t spend your money buying this book Instead, go out and help someone in need or donate to a worthy cause I guarantee it will be infinitely rewarding.

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    My updated comments on the book and movie are here was given this book as a gift many years ago and read the first few chapters I was annoyed by the profanity I don t think it is ever okay for a Christian author to use profanity in any circumstances Why not use alternative words especially in a fictional book It s like the children who swear to try and shock people or to fit in with the crowd Christians are called to do neither of these things.lose the profanityit won t cost you any sales When members of the Trinity begin appearing in person to the main character as black women I threw the book awayI m not going to say any I just find it shocking that so many Christians have read and recommend this bookwhere is the discernment or the adherence to Biblical principles.I don t recommend this book.

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    First off this will be lengthy so don t feel you have to read it.This is a hard book to review because you pretty much have to separate it into two parts The novel, and the theological.This man is not a writer As far as the novel aspect of this book, I don t personally believe it is well written Both the descriptions and dialogue don t ring true to me But if delve into a little of the back story regarding this author you find that he never intended this book to be published After experiencing several tragedies in his life he spent a lot of time trying to figure out who God is and with the encouragement of his wife wrote this novel as a gift to his children Friends read it and encouraged him to have it published.As far as the theological aspect goes I think he presents God in a way that challenges our notions of who exactly we think he is It seems to be done in a deliberate way and to be honest it sometimes made me uncomfortable This was written by someone who believes in the Trinity but was making attempts to show how they function separately All of the characterization of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and their interactions with each other felt off to me However the conversations they have with the main character provided some amazing insight to me as to the love God has for us and just exactly how arrogant we can be in our judgements of God s decisions whether those judgements be conscious or not.Here are a couple condensed conversations that particularly spoke to me Jesus asks the main character what he is afraid of Well, I m afraid of looking like an idiot I imagine that Exactly, Jesus interrupted You imagine Such a powerful ability, the imagination That power alone makes you so like me But without wisdom, imagination is a cruel taskmaster If I may prove my case, do you think that humans were designed to live in the present or the past or the future The main character responses with the present.Jesus says So tell me, where do you spend most of your time in your mind, in your imagination The main character replies I suppose I would have to say that I spend very little time in the present For me, I spend a big piece in the past, but most of the rest of the time, I am trying to figure out the future Jesus responds Not unlike most people When I dwell with you, I do so in the present I live in the present Not the past, although much can be remembered and learned by looking back, but only for a visit, not an extended stay And for sure I do not dwell in the future you visualize or imagine Do you realize that your imagination of the future, which is almost always dictated by fear of some kind, rarely, if ever, pictures me there with you It is your desperate attempt to get some control over something you can t It is impossible for you to take power over the future because it isn t even real, nor will it ever be real You try and play God, imagining the evil that you fear becoming reality, and then you try and make plans and contingencies to avoid what you fear.You do this because you don t believe You don t know that I love you The person who lives by their fears will not find freedom in my love I am not talking about rational fears regarding legitimate dangers, but imagined fears, and especially those into the future To the degree that those fears have a place in your life you neither believe I am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you You sing about it you talk about it, but you don t know it Another one where God is speaking Nobody knows what horrors I have saved the world from cause people can t see what never happened All evil flows from independence, and independence is your choice If I were to simply revoke all the choices of independence, the world as you know it would cease to exist and love would have no meaning This world is not a playground where I keep all my children free from evil Evil is the chaos of this age that you brought to me, but it will not have the final say Now it touches everyone that I love, those who follow me and those who don t If I take away the consequences of people s choices, I destroy the possibility of love Love that is forced is no love at all.one of the reasons it makes no sense to you is because you have such a small view of what it means to be human You and this Creation are incredible, whether you understand it or not You are wonderful beyond imagination Just because you make horrendous and destructive choices does not mean you deserve less respect for what you inherently are the pinnacle of my Creation and the center of my affection All in all I m very glad I read this book No one knows the mind of God, but I appreciated this man s insight into the love God has for us.

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    While most of my friends seem to have a love or hate relationship with this book, I can t say that I do I am the rare reader that didn t have a strong opinion about this book, one way or the other I found it to be good and entertaining enough, but I didn t find it to be life changing or especially inspirational for me It was certainly a change from my usual type of story, so that was refreshing in a sense However, in the end it was in the good but not great category for me The Shack tells the story of Mackenzie, aka Mack , whose youngest daughter was abducted and murdered Mack is expectedly devastated and distraught He is also exceptionally angry at God, feeling that a worthy god wouldn t have allowed such a heinous crime to occur to such an innocent young girl as his daughter, Missy.Understandably, Mack is never the same man after the loss of Missy His relationships are forever changed as he drowns in his own guilt and misery He has lost faith and turns his back on God.When Mack receives a note in his mailbox from God, luring him back to the cabin where his daughter was murdered, he doesn t know what to think Could somebody be so cruel as to play this type of a sick joke on him Is the murderer still watching and toying with him Could the murderer want to kill him as well Is it possible that Missy could still be alive Mack doesn t know what to think However, he knows that he won t be able to rest until he gets to the bottom of it Borrowing a Jeep from a friend, he sets out for the cabin the site of his worst nightmares.During his time at the cabin, Mack has if forced to confront his loss of faith Over the course of the book, he gets the closure that he needed and leaves a changed man It was about as rosy as it could get for a book that centered on the murder of a child.Personally, I didn t feel any great sense of peace or satisfaction while reading this story While I can see why some people felt that this book restored their faith and gifted them with a greater sense of empathy, it just didn t work that way for me I saw where author was going, I just wasn t jumping on board that train.In fact, I think I was upset with Missy s killer by the end of the book than Mack was I couldn t let it go I wanted vengeance and justice for her young life I wasn t going to be satisfied unless the child murderer was found and put to death That s just me though, I m bloodthirsty like that.I m also not what I would consider to be a very religious person I don t offend easily and I respect the views of others I was raised as a Methodist, but I m not a devout follower by any means That being said, nothing ever amazes me like the lack of tolerance that many self professed Christians have for anyone with views that differ from their own Not that this is a phenomenon exclusive to Christians either There seems to always be some in every group religion We all know them, they re the my way or the highway and what I believe is right and your beliefs are wrong people A quick glance at the reviews for this book revealed that it has garnered lots of that type of attention no big surprise there.On the one hand, I can see that the author attempted to bridge the gap and present a book that might cross religions However, since the book was so heavily based on Christian principles and beliefs, this attempt fell flat It was clear that the god presented was based on Christian teachings.Yet, even amongst Christians there are many differences in theology This author focused largely upon one of those areas where different denominations have varying beliefs free will vs predestined fate The author was clearly in the free will camp Not surprisingly, readers who fall in the predestined fate camp will take issue with one of the major premises of the story If you are able to appreciate a story that has strong religious themes that may or may not align with your beliefs, then you might enjoy this one I found it to be a good story, but I would have liked to feel of a sense of justice Things at the end were too nice, tidy and convenient for me If I were a religious person, I might have enjoyed it , or I might have despised itwho knows It might be a great choice if you re looking for somebody s response to the age old question, Why does God let bad things happen to good people For me it was good, just not great.Check out of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com

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    It is hard to not get carried away and be too effusive about this book When one has spent time with someone or something, it is natural to feel a close connection to that thing and, I think, lose objectivity Obviously I didn t try too hard to be calm and subdued in my praise because one can see that I rated it 5 stars however, I think I will start with why I don t think it is a 5 star book It wasn t a book that I just couldn t put down This is usually a prerequisite for me to rate a book so highly, but at times not all the time I could take it or leave it The entire beginning of the book bored me and seemed second rate The characters and conversations didn t ring true to me I only kept at it because I had heard that something amazing would await me later in the book Also, I never forgot that this was a book and a story that someone made up When my attitude towards the book changed as it became meaty, I still felt that story wise, it was cliche, predictable, and even hokey When it came together at the end, I did have a greater appreciation of the way the plot elements came together, but most of the time I thought certain components of the story weren t very well done An example would be the part where the relationships at the campground are being described People in real life don t act like that, where total strangers get so close in the span of a weekend camping trip I especially rolled my eyes over the dialog the adults had over a campfire So tell me, Mackenzie, what is she like I just thought the conversations were not at all what real people who have just met are like I could be wrong, though I also cringed sometimes at the conversations that occurred at the shack Not because I felt them to be irreverent, but because they seemed like the author decided, Hey, I want to try to stick something funny in here, and what ensued was a huge departure from the usual profound observations I think he could have been both funny and profound at the same time, and he wasn t he was mostly just obvious Okay, enough bashing, because this was an incredible book that should be read by everybody That I rated this a 5 in spite of the things that I didn t like, should tell you that there is something very amazing about this book There is no way I can convey the impact of the thought provoking and possibly life changing conversations we become privy to I don t know that you would much care for the book if you were a total athiest, not atuned to the spiritual at all, but people of all spiritual and religious persuasions will find aspects of this book deeply worth pondering You must read it The following section contains what might be some spoilers for some people, but I wanted to mention them being a little vague as parts of the book that I particularly appreciated.When Mac is telling his guests about his family and stops saying, Now here I am telling you about my kids and my friends and about Nan, but you already know everything that i am telling you, don t you You re acting like it s the first time you heard it The response from Mac s hosts is great As we are listening to you, it is as if this is the first time we have known about them, and we take great delight in seeing them through your eyes I also like the part that talks about fear in our life and the role it plays in our bondage The person who lives by their fears will not find freedom in my love I am not talking about rational fears regarding legitimate dangers, but imagined fears, and especially the projection of those into the future To the degree that those fears have a place in your life, you neither believe I am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you You sing about it, you talk about it, but you don t know it Right now I can t read that to my wife without choking up, it so cuts to the quick And this about lies not the lies people tell to stay out of trouble, but the lies we believe about ourselves or others as a defense mechanism Lies are a little fortress inside them you can feel safe and powerful Through your little fortress of lies you try to run your life and manipulate others And finally, there is this gem about The Law, specifically, the Ten Commandments Actually, we wanted you to give up trying to be righteous on your own It was a mirror to reveal just how filthy your face gets when you live independently These were some of the interesting parts of the book that helped me personally There were other parts that I thought were dubious theologically I thought there was so much real good valuable stuff that these departures could be overlooked Anyway, the counter at the bottom of this box says I can writ almost 6000 characters, but I will not I must say, you have to read this book Don t miss out on this I am very serious.

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    Note After several friends challenged me to read the book again I assume they wanted me to upgrade The Shack to five stars , I indeed read it a second time As a result, I downgraded it another star There are things I noticed the second time I didn t the first.Added to my review below are several specific drawbacks of the book Unfortunately, every one of these would have been pointed out by first or second year writing students, which simply reiterates my main point below Shame on you Wayne Jacobsen for ruining a good book by not bothering enough to edit this properly Simply because you wanted another anti organized church book on the market, and probably saw this as a vehicle not a good one for that purpose either is not an excuse for allowing the following 1 Sloppy synonyms No one outside of bodice rippers uses the word visage for face I lost count how many times this word is used It is an example of the author reaching for the thesaurus when he got bored Elementary writing classes teach In dialogue, use the words he said instead of he opined or other such synonyms I would gladly pay for Young to take a writing course in lieu of Jacobsen editing another of his books.2 Inconsistencies of plot In one scene, the narrator who is supposedly writing down what the main character told him tells us what is playing on the television while the main character is passed out How can he possibly know this Second, why does it matter The plot is full of these little annoying inconsistencies The biggest and most annoying is this vague reference to a possible murder of his father Couldn t the boy just run away from home Did he really have to spike the dad s beer with rat poison Did the dad die If he does, why haven t the police come after him If he doesn t, what is he apologizing for in the great forgiveness sequence As I said, these inconsistencies are glaring.3 I re read one paragraph where the author uses nine similes Two of them concern tears and are in the same sentence Someone please sit this author down and explain that similes and metaphors are to open windows We don t need an entire glass factory delivered to us every page 4 I listened to an interview with the author He explained that this book started out as a transcription of conversations between him and God and that the story was a convenient way of bringing those conversations to light That makes sense It also explains why the conversations go on and on and on and on The plot stops every time there is an elongated conversation Mr Young, please read the Chronicles of Narnia and see how to write a half page dialogue that says by saying less Unfortunately, this is only the start of what is beginning to annoy me about a book that I wanted to like Read below for my full review So many of my friends have recommended this book that I knew I would read it and feel strongly about it That s an understatement There are no Spoilers in this review.Before I began reading I wanted so much to like this book Partly because I respected the friends who recommended it and partly because this is the author s first book As some of you know, I personally believe that most authors have one great book in them and it is often their first see Tracy Chevalier and J K Rowling That is why I was somewhat disappointed with my reading of the first few chapters The writer could have used a ghost writer to clean up his prose He overwrites like a young author Specifically, he uses too many deliberate similes and altogether too many adjectives In fact, on the same page he uses three different similes to describe the wind Can it really be a food group and a sigh at the same time I digress.He also gets cutsie with his description of the main character Mack The author needs to choose a voice to speak from The third person omnipotent is not working for him If you re not familiar with that POV, it is the tendency to describe what every character is thinking Usually writers choose third person specific, meaning they know the thoughts of only one person But later the author figures this out and sticks with the main character and lets him discover the story as it happens So, I guess my only real criticism is that the author is not a tremendously skilled writer Therefore, a quarter of the way through the book I was ready to be done with it Then I was delightfully surprised by what happened next It seems he did an about face as soon as he came to the kernel of the story After the tragedy that forms the spine of the tale, he tightens up the writing and I never noticed the shortcomings after that It is like the author himself really just wanted to get to this point in the story and realized the book wouldn t make sense and would be too short without the introductory part So be it From this point on, I was enthralled His meeting with God and the subsequent discoveries of God s character and the meaning of the events he has recently lived are some of the best theology ever implanted in a story At one point near the end I actually was in tears It may be 20 years back to the last time a book brought me to tears I ended the book totally satisfied.If I may take one or two liberties in criticizing a book I really enjoyed As much as I enjoyed the folksy presentation of God in this story, there are parts that don t ring true Holy Spirit still feels ethereal and standoffish Wisdom s speeches are canned and the meals get repetitive Major editing could have made this one of the great books of Christianity Also, I doubt anyone outside Christianity will read past the first few chapters That s a pity, but it is true It is not written well enough and there are still too many obviously contrived parts to the plot to make it seem real to someone who is bent on criticizing Christian writers.Some of my friends who love this book will really be annoyed that I am being over analytical But that is what a proper book review is about These things need to be said in order to balance the attitude which says we must lift up anything with a good message This is a phenomenal message hiding in a depressingly poor package.

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    Why Why did you make me do this book club You all seem like nice people..what did I do Seriously I missed the book club meeting due to work or I would have yelled out at the top of my lungs NOOOOOOO, not The Shack But I wasn t there, so instead of reading Cloud Atlas, The Shack happened, and I let it happen with my absence sigh Where to begin..1 I am not a Christian Strike one for The Shack and me Many people are and that s fantastic, but this book was so stupid that I have hopes that any well informed, well read, reasonable Christian would have asked themselves What the fuck did I just read upon finishing this stinker.2 Way back when, when this book first came out, friends and random people upon finding out I was a reader would look at me.their eyes would get a little wider as they suggested You should read The Shack Then they would creepily stare at me for a little too long I d say Thanks, I ll check it out and I did and I read reviews from people I respect and then I put it in the never ever read for any reason even if my hair is on fire and the only thing that could put said fire out was The Shack and I still won t ever read it file I forgot to put the book club rider in the file See, I fell for similar suggestions before and I was determined not to be fooled twice.silly me.This book is pure drivel As I was going through it I thought that it had to be a first effort from this author Bingo At the end of the book there was a note from the author in which he said I had never tried my hand at creative writing before No shit Sherlock.But I m getting ahead of myself The characters in this book were not fleshed out at all Most writers know that to develop a character you have them do things that show the reader who the person is.you don t just narrate what they did and how they felt The reader has nothing invested and couldn t give two poops what happens to the characters when you tell instead of show A little girl died violently in this book and I was completely unfazed by it That is a miserable failure.I can suspend disbelief in books about zombies, vampires, genius eleven year old girls, chimera, reasonable Republicans okay, that one was difficult but I couldn t do it with this book, or other books like it, because these books have a agenda to make you believe in the stuff they are writing about and that makes my stomach turn At the beginning the ever narrating narrator narrated and I paraphrase You may not believe in Mac s story here He doesn t care, maybe this book isn t for you..okay. But then again maybe it is drama sting Oh for fuck sake Really I tried to figure out who this book was written for Was it for non Christians and he thought he needed to dumb it down for us because we must have never had read the Bible or had a critical thought or we would be Christian.of course Or was it preaching to like minds.or maybe three year old s No clue.I could go on and on about how much I hated this book I could point out that in this book God is a black woman, Jesus is a middle eastern Jew with a big nose Mac believed he was supposed to be good lookingWTF and the Holy Ghost was not some guy with a sheet over his head running around saying boo but was a woman of undetermined Asian decent And the author thought himself progressive and hip by coming up with these radical ideas.well, maybe, sadly they are for some special folk but to me it just felt forced, racist and sexistin my humble opinion But I m tired and sad and I have no in meGood night all.

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