Shadow

Book Review – The Shack

The Shack

Book Review – The Shack

The employee at work insisted that I read “The Shack.” He didn’t give much detail about the book. but says the book

reveals the grace of God in a personal tragedy. After several initial mistakes, I was finally able to start the book.

I’m not a huge fan of Christian novels. I was immediately disappointed but kept on reading. I have to confess that I

was entertained by Young’s prose as he provided clear details that helped me visualize the story. His style eventually

became a distraction when I began to analyze his style and not. Interested in his message, however, every author has

a different style. I should have left it that way. In Chapter 7, he becomes CS “Lewisesque” where he turns the reality

of our hero (Mark) into a realm of fantasy, uh… Lord of the Rings. Let’s go. (I like watching movies but can’t read books)

Book Review – The Shack

If you’ve read C.S. Lewis, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” or John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim Progress,” you’ll understand how

the author uses parables to illustrate God’s nature and attributes. Young uses contemporary parables to reveal God.

Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit He let the dynamics of family relationships describe the Trinity. Readers can

immediately identify the three persons of the Godhead according to the roles Young assigns to them. I’ll admit that

God playing Aunt Jemima had me in the loop at first. However, “God” explained that “she” came in the form that

Mark needed the most: a nurturing mother. Jesus was portrayed as a handyman, a fisherman, a good boy.

I never understood the Holy Spirit.

In addition to Young’s entertainment, I began to analyze his theology. And I can easily conclude that Young believes

Book Review – The Shack

in classical Pelagianism. Pelagianism Wikipedia defines Pelagianism as “the belief that original sin does not spoil

human nature and that human will can still choose good or not.” Evil can be without the help of heaven, so Adam’s

sin is a bad example for his offspring. But his actions were not like that. Other sequels are referring to original

sin. Pelagianism sees Jesus’ role as a role model for the rest of humanity. (Therefore, it is against Adam’s bad

example.) In short, humanity has full control and full responsibility for its own salvation. take full responsibility for

all sins According to Pelagian doctrine, because humanity does not need the grace of God for salvation.

The young man, unfortunately, tried to manipulate the Godhead in exchange for God’s sovereignty. Young’s gods

Book Review – The Shack

were similar to the gods that Pelagius had in mind. God created the world and sat down and observed life as it

manifested – intervening for a time. only time but doing so in order not to disturb the so-called God’s “free will”

tends to resist the temptation to intervene because of His love for His creatures. which is no different from a

watchmaker who winds the clock puts on a coat and watches the time pass A watchmaker’s only chore is to wind the

occasional clockwork.

Young’s simple approach to portraying the Great God described in the Bible made me think he was influenced by

Harold S. Kushner’s book “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” It was printed in the early 1980s and was a

big seller. In it, Kushner destroyed the omnipotence of God and omniscient. Kushner said, “If God cannot make my

Book Review – The Shack

sickness go away, What good will he be? who needs him God doesn’t want you to be sick or crippled. He didn’t give

you this problem. and he did not want want you to have it anyway But He couldn’t make it go away. That’s too hard

for God.” Of course, I don’t know if Young had read Kushner, but that thought had been running through my head.

I would rate Young high for his commentary on the lead character’s umpire encounter. Young captures the

underlying cause of our character’s continued remorse and broods about his personal loss. Our hero is blaming God

for his loss and angry at God for not intervening. People murmured and complained that life “Dealing bad cards for

them” is a stab at God.

in my mentoring mission, Most people who seek solutions to their problems are unhappy that God has not let them

Book Review – The Shack

rest. Whether it’s a better parent or a more loving and responsible spouse. The counselors were disappointed with

God that He had not given them a life without difficulty. They do not see the purpose of suffering. And they certainly

do not appreciate Romans 8:28-29. “And we know that everything works together for the benefit of those who love

God. for those who are called according to his will because of those whom He knew beforehand He also

predetermined the appearance of His Son. so that he may be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” “How

can all things work together for God with those who love God?” I believe that trials and tribulations. (“Things”) help

us become more Christlike in our nature and behavior.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.