It's time for another book feature. Since we're talking about subjectivity this week, I thought I'd feature one of the most controversial books of the past few years: William P. Young's The Shack.
Have you read this book? Chances are you have. Or at least heard about it. It seems like no matter where I go, everyone has an opinion about it--whether they've read it or not. I've heard people say they refused to read it based on personal belief that it's heretical in nature, and others say that it showed them a completely new way of viewing God. I've heard some say that the book helped them heal from deep wounds and others who feel they have a better handle on the Trinity. And yet I've heard others feel like it's a direct attack on Christianity.
When I read this book, I had no clue about the buzz behind it. I'd just returned from Africa and was completely unaware of all the hoopla. My aunt gave me a stack of books which included this one. I put it aside because it was so short, saving it for when I had nothing else to read (I like long books). Anywho...
I was so taken with the book that I went online afterwords just to see if it was a real story or not. My thoughts went something like, "This can't be real. It couldn't have been.... Could it? What if? I have to know..." Honestly, whether it was real or not, I was so jealous of Mac--that he actually got to see/feel/hear (etc.) God when I would give anything to do that--that I kept reading just for that reason. I'm not going to comment on the theological aspects of the book because that's not for me to do. Whenever I had a response to anything that was said, whether negative or positive, I wrote down the quote, the page #, and decided to search the Bible to see what it said. It deserves the final word on everything.
If nothing else, this book got me to think. It was never meant to replace the Bible, or even to be a supplement to Scriptures. It was a story a daddy wrote for his children in order for them to better understand the Trinity. Young wasn't looking to start a movement or to do anything other than teach his children in story form. He just happened to do it in a way that rocked the world.
And then of course, there's the mesmerizing fact that he literally struck gold and his self published book became a bestseller. He's the exception to that rule we know all too well. And in light of Thomas Nelson's big move, it just adds more intrigue!
If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend that you do. Take any questions you have and see what Scripture has to say. It's the ultimate authority. If nothing else, maybe this book will help you think about what you believe--whether it's for or against the story between the covers.
See y'all Tuesday!!!
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