Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Shack, by William P. Young

Publisher:
Windblown Media
4680 Calle Norte,
Newbury Park,
CA 91320
978-0964729230
Price $8.99 on Amazon
264 pages

I loved this book for what it attempts to do, which I feel is to bring people closer to God. To teach us how to handle certain things that may be wrong in our lives, or things that have been bad in our past.

What people fail to realize is that this is a work of fiction. It is not factual in comparison to the Bible. We don't have just one universal God for all religions. The Bible teaches us that we are to go to church and worship together, to help each other. That no man will see the face of God. Man is made in God's image and not that God is made in man's image. You will find these things are changed in this book.

The book teaches us about forgiveness; but the Bible does not say we have to forgive in order that God can reach out and save people who have done terrible things to others. The author tells us that we must forgive those who have kidnapped, raped and killed an innocent child, like the one that is mentioned in this book. That by forgiving that person for what he has have done is the only way that God can enter his life and then he can be saved. We are to love the sinner but hate the sin.

This book is accurate in that we have no idea of the pain God feels when we turn from Him; when we fail to accept Him, into our lives. The Shack, does not explain a lot of what is in the Bible. Instead the books reads like we are free spirits to do as we see fit.

I loved this book because it is a start for people who are just begining to be curious about God. It is also a book to help other Christians, who have found their spiritual life not what it used to be.

I loved this book because of the love in it. The way it has made me feel. My eyes have been opened on some issues that I had never thought of before. You must be wondering how I can love something and find fault at the same time? All that I can say is, God loves me and I am full of faults. It is not my intent to hurt anyone or take away the joy they may find in this book. I have felt the joy but I also know the truths that are left out.

1 comment:

tracysbooknook.com said...

I have to say that "The Shack" by William P. Young was a very thought provoking read.

After reading the book, I was left pondering several things about it – which is a true testament to the book's worth. I had several questions on the validity of some of the descriptions of God but I had to humbly admit that there may be no answers this side of heaven for how God presents Himself to each individual.

I posted a more in-depth review of this book on my own blog www.tracysbooknook.com.

-Tracy