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The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity (edition 2007)

by William P. Young

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Member:doubleperfect
Title:The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
Authors:William P. Young
Info:Windblown Media (2007), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Personal Struggle, Devotion

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The Shack by William P. Young

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    Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory (soflbooks)
    soflbooks: David Gregory's short story about a man who accepts a dinner invitation with Jesus is better written than The Shack and sticks to evangelical theology.
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    Thrones for the Innocent by C. W. Kesting (Desmorph)
    Desmorph: Thrones for the Innocent is a stunning compliment to The Shack. It addresses the metaphysical mysteries of ontology and theology without preaching. Where The Shack speaks directly to and about God and the Christian Trinity; Thrones is both subliminal and aggressive. Thrones helped me deal with the frustration I felt in my own heart about the paradox of the existence of evil and and all-loving all-powerful Creator. Thrones is very spiritual and yet avoids struggling with the convolution of structured religion. it should raise some eyebrows as well as quiet some tortured hearts.… (more)
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    Rooms by James L. Rubart (paulstalder)
    paulstalder: ähnliche Handlung: Ein Mann kommt in ein Haus und kommt mit seiner Vergangenheit ins Reine
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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: Another story of searching for meaning after personal tragedy and questioning why bad things happen.
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i feel like i should preface this review by stating up front that i'm an athiest. (not that it matters in the least. a good story is a good story)

i found this book beautiful (and painful) on so many levels.

as a parent, your heart can't help but break when reading about the grief associated with the loss of a child. (incomprehensible) i found the father to be completely believable.
and as a child, who hasn't longed for those days of childhood when everything was simple and you knew (hopefully) you were unconditionally loved by and the light of your parents world. (played by the trinity here)

this book was lovely. perhaps enjoyed all the more because of the lack of dogma i brought into reading it.

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  mkclane | Jul 31, 2015 |
Young, William P.
The Shack

Fiction (Inspirational)
Part mystery, part fantasy, part philosophical discussion, the key to enjoying The Shack is keeping an open mind. When a man's daughter is abducted from their campsite and later presumed dead, he is overwhelmed by a depression that curdles everything in his life. A mysterious note left in his mailbox compels him to return to the place where the last evidence of his beloved child was found. Though dreading what he might find there, he makes the trip. What the bereaved father encounters tests his faith, helps him turn his life around and move on as he tries to make sense of what has befallen his family. The scenery and characters are well-wrought and memorable. My favorite is a fractal garden described as a controlled chaos of color. It is easy to appreciate The Shack if you think of the characters as representing different schools of thought, each trying to understand and relate to the others. Some of your own beliefs will be validated even if you don't agree with them all.
Recommended November 2009
  dawsong | Jun 15, 2015 |
How can I give heresy three stars? Read and find out. My review is too long for Goodreads, so check it out on my blog:
http://justintapp.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-review-71-of-2014-shack-by-william.h...
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  justindtapp | Jun 3, 2015 |
This book for me was an interesting read and vastly different from the books that I tend to read. An English teacher of mine gave me this book in order for me to experience a different type of genre in order for me to open my mind to something that makes me uncomfortable. The uncomfortable factor being that I'm not a religious person. So my view is a bit different from the usually type of people that would purchase this book. A book that revolves so heavily about religion.
I will admit that I'm surprised that I did find it an interesting read. My heart went out to the main character, the father Mack that had lost his daughter Missy to a kidnapper. Yes the writing isn't the best quality but it gets the point across. For this booking being a religious book it didn't make me as uncomfortable as I thought it would. It did have some interesting twists and turns throughout the book. It's not a typical religious book and I personally think that's a good thing because it makes it unique. No it's not the best book out there but it's an interesting read in the end. So it's a worth a shot to read if you need something different to read in order to broaden your views. ( )
  Jennamarie96 | Jun 2, 2015 |
I thought this was a good book; an excellent message & certainly not out of line with the BIG theological idea: God IS Love! It may not be the most well-written book (literarily speaking) I have ever read but I enjoyed the story. ( )
  mfdavis | May 20, 2015 |
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Young's too-weird-for-the-pulpit thoughts about how Adam's rib and the female uterus form a "circle of relationship" have the appeal of knobby heirloom-produce in a world where much religion arrives vacuum-packed. His theories—how to believe in Adam while supporting particle-physics research; why the Lord is OK with your preference for lewd funk more than staid church music—accomplish what mainstream faiths tend to fail at: connecting recondite doctrine to the tastes, rhythms, and mores of modern life. ... And though the novel, as a novel, is a sinner's distance from perfection, it's an eloquent reminder that, for those who give some faith and effort to the writing craft, there is, even today, the chance to touch and heal enough strangers to work a little miracle.
added by eromsted | editSlate, Nathan Heller (Jun 3, 2010)
 
Would I recommend this book? No, I would not. It is full of theological problems as well as an irreverent and casual attitude toward God. Yes, there are nice things in it and people might even be helped by the book. But so what? There are some nice things in Mormonism, too. Should we encourage people to read the Book of Mormon because Mormonism might help someone feel better? Not at all.

Sadly, experience has shown me that most Christians aren't interested in biblical fidelity. No, I'm not talking about biblical nit-picking. I'm talking about fidelity to the revealed word of God to the point where we don't contradict what is plainly stated in scripture!

We Christians should regard the word of God as the final authority on all things, and any supposed accounts of actual occurrences should be compared to scripture, not our feelings, wants, and desires. In the case of The Shack, the book falls woefully short of scriptural truth in many important areas and has the strong ability to mislead people regarding God's nature, work, and plan for us.

Again, I do not recommend it.
 
Focusing on just three of the subjects William
Young discusses in The Shack, we’ve seen that
errors abound. He presents a false view of God
and one that may well be described as heretical. He downplays the importance and uniqueness of the Bible, subjugating it or making it equal to other forms of subjective revelation. He misrepresents redemption and salvation, opening the door to the possibility of salvation outside of the completed work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We are left with an unbiblical understanding of the persons and nature of God and of His work in this world.
 

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This story was written for my children:

Chad-the Gentle Deep,
Nicholas-the Tender Explorer,
Andrew-the Kindhearted Affection,
Amy-the Joyful Knower,
Alexandra (Lexi)-the Shining Power,
Matthew-the Becoming Wonder

And dedicated first, to:

Kim, my Beloved, thank you for saving my life.
And second, to:

"...All us stumblers who believe Love rules. Stand up and let it shine."
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Who wouldn't be skeptical when a man claims to have spent an entire weekend with God, in a shack no less?
March unleashed a torrent of rainfall after an abnormally dry winter.
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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 his "Great Sadness," Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against 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 forever.

In 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 book!
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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 his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against 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 forever.

In 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 book!

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Mackenzie Allen Phillips' 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 his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against 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 forever. In 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.… (more)

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