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Product Details

  • Paperback: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606570323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606570326
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you have ever had a conversation on The Shack, whether with an enthusiast or a critic, you will want to invite this skilled and accessible theologian into the conversation. Before you have read a dozen pages you will know why we need to keep company with theologians.

They help us keep our conversations on God intelligent, informed , and irenic." --Eugene H. Peterson Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.

Review

If you have ever had a conversation on The Shack, whether with an enthusiast or a critic, you will want to invite this skilled and accessible theologian into the conversation. Before you have read a dozen pages you will know why we need to keep company with theologians. They help us keep our conversations on God intelligent, informed and irenic. Eugene H. Peterson Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.

More About the Author

My story begins in eternity past when God fore-ordained that I would come to be. Fast-forward to 1973 when the divine decree was made manifest as I entered the world ... and Edmonton Alberta (Canada) was never the same again. At the age of four I decided to move to Kelowna, BC and I brought my family along with me.

After sixteen years living in the lush Okanagan valley (Canada's preeminent fruit-growing region), I made the move to the lower mainland (the south coast of BC) where I spent 6 1/2 years living in the Vancouver area, during which I completed a BA (Trinity Western University) and an MCS (Regent College) while moonlighting with the perfect job for a student: driving a limousine.

In 1999 I married the girl of my dreams and moved to England to start a PhD at King's College, London with my theological mentor Colin Gunton. Jasper (Rae Kyung) and I moved back to Canada in 2002 and lived a year in Surrey BC as I completed my doctoral thesis and Jasper brought our child Jamie into the world (while I cheered her on).

A year after we moved to Caronport Saskatchewan for one year as I taught philosophy at Briercrest College (my friends from England loved the fact that the nearest town to Caronport was called "Moose Jaw").

A year later we returned to the city of my origins, Edmonton, AB, where we have been since 2003, spreading joy around the capital region as I teach theology at Taylor Seminary, buy lots of books, and write a few of my own.

Customer Reviews

God's work speaks very clearly through this book.
CeCe
Far from being "preachy", this book incorporates scripture to bring the reader to a deeper understanding of the theoloigical implications of "The Shack".
Lisa A. Jackson
I have read the other version of this book and I think both writer's give really good version's of their perspective of the book The Shack itself.
honesty counts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Michael Morrell on April 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
My name is Mike Morrell - I'm a back-cover endorser on the runaway-bestseller The Shack. I said "Finally! A guy-meets-God Novel that has literary integrity and spiritual daring. The Shack cuts through the clichés of both religion and bad writing to reveal something compelling and beautiful about life's integral dance with the Divine. This story reads like a prayer-like the best kind of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. When I read it, I felt like I was fellowshipping with God. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it."

I stand whole-heartedly behind my endorsement. And yet even I have been surprised by the wide range of impassioned responses the book has received, ranging from people receiving it as a literally-true story straight from the mouth of God on the one hand, or a witch's brew of New Age heresy on the other. The Internet is filled with armchair speculation on the literary and spiritual merits of The Shack - much of it rather un-inspiring.

So imagine my delight when I found out that Authentic Media was publishing Finding God in The Shack, an interrogative-yet-playful tome by theologian and author Randal Rauser. Rauser takes readers on a fascinating journey through the pages of the story that has ignited the church's interest in theodicy ("the problem of evil") and the Trinity, a doctrine that has long been locked away in seminary classrooms.

As Rauser explores the intricacies of the plot, he addresses many of the book's complex and controversial issues.
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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Janna R. Ryan on February 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read and loved The Shack (and have given away 3 copies of it on my blog so far), reviewed it, encouraged many others to read it and defended it (not always very tactfully) from some that don't agree with it. This book is the missing link for those of us that love The Shack but can't always defend it properly or for those that might need a little clarification on my The Shack is a great book and not a theological nightmare.
Randal Rauser is a theologian that has laid out, in an easy to read format, why The Shack has been a great tool for opening people's eyes to some amazing ideas and facts about God. He addresses many sticking points people have including -

1) The Trinity
2) Why bad things happen to good people
3) Why God is portrayed like He is
4) Much, much more

This book will provide a lot of food for thought on its own. Take this for example when he is discussing God and Abraham with the whole sacrifice Isaac scenario...

"If God knows all events before they occur, including every detail of Abraham's life, then what was the point of the testing? The point was not that GOD would learn Abraham was fully committed to him, but rather that ABRAHAM would learn from and be strengthened by his own faithfulness." (page 29)

Grab a copy of this book and delve into the theological eyeopener that many of us lovingly refer to as "The Shack".
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bart Breen VINE VOICE on May 9, 2009
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I approached Rauser's book with a few concerns, but probably not the ones that a typical reader might bring. I've read The Shack several times critically and had come to the conclusion long ago that the concerns expressed by some as to the theology were both overstated and also coming most often from those who lean hyper-Calvinist.

What I was concerned most about was whether this book, in its effort to address the theology, was going to do it some violence by focusing on those elements of the book which are really secondary to what the book is about in the first place. The Shack has many elements of Theology within it, but it was never intended to be a systematic theology. Approaching it in that manner misses a lot. It can be a classic case of missing the forest for the trees.

That said, I was encouraged as I read this book, that the author recognized and addressed this concern from the very start. Futher, by addressing the book in broad themes and by recognizing that those themes are better evaluated as a whole as opposed to nit-picking on isolated passages which are wrested from the context of the book by critics who are exercising their own biases.

I did not agree with every element of Rauser's critique but in the end I left feeling that is was fair and would give the reader who was perhaps concerned about The Shack or wrestling with the critiques of others the tools they needed to move beyond the nit-picking and understand where the author of The Shack is coming from.

In view of this, I recommend the book and give it 4 stars.

4 Stars

Bart Breen
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Douglas R. Martzluf on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
In "Finding God In the Shack", Rauser has shared a helpful explanation of several theological themes in Young's, "The Shack". Though the author comes from a Pentecostal background, it is not obvious to this reader that it biases his views. I found Rauser's text to be a great help in teaching a class for adults on "The Shack" with many insights that I may have missed. It is a relatively easy read but has well-developed discussion of his points. I recommend it highly for those who want to dig deeper under the foundation of "The Shack".
Doug Martzluf
St. John's UCC
Chambersburg, PA
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