Sunday, November 9, 2008

the shack

Thinking about reading The Shack by William P. Young? Read this first. Already read it? You need to read this analysis too. So I guess I'm kind of reviewing a book I have never read. How weird is that? My book club voted to put it onto our 2009 calendar (I didn't vote for this one -- I wanted to read Pride & Prejudice for the umpteenth time...I hope I don't sound self-righteous -- I don't mean to). And then yesterday I was surfing the web when I ended up at this review on the Boundless webzine site. I don't think it was coincidence...I think it was a divine Google hit.

"[S]olid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” - Hebrews 5:14
What is discernment? Tim Challies gives a great definition:

It is “the skill of understanding and applying God's Word with the purpose of separating truth from error and right from wrong.” Discernment is knowing what God says to us in the Bible so that we can apply this to our lives and live in the way God would have us live. It is a skill that demands practice and one that demands intimate familiarity with the Bible. It is an ability that allows us, with God’s help, to filter what is true about God from what is false.
If you have already read this book, I humbly suggest that you prayerfully ask the Lord of Hosts, in Jesus' name, to reveal to you through His Word, the Bible, WHO HE IS.

"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, [be] honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen." - I Timothy 1:17

  • Click here to go to to read both Tim Challies' blog post about the book, and download the pdf of his review.
  • Click here to just view the pdf of the review.

Oh, and if you are wondering, I'm taking some Godly counsel to heart, and will not be reading this book.


Kellie said...

I debated for awhile on wether or not to read this book. Mostly because I had heard that this book involved a violent crime against a child, which is I just cannot read with messing pu my head.

Plot aside, it may be a good read, but I had read about how the author had depicted the Trinity and that a bit to irreverent to me.

Then some friends of mine that I respect and trust began to tell me that they thought that it was way off theologically, although a few still enjoyed it.

In the end, I couldn't get over the theological twisting of Truth (even if it is fiction) and chose not to read it.

thefourwinds said...

I'm with you Steph. Having to sort through manure is no way to find the truth.

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