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The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity Paperback – July 1, 2007
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When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of "The Shack." This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" did for his. It's that good! --Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
Finally! A guy-meets-God Novel that has literary integrity and spiritual daring. "The Shack" cuts through the cliches 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. --Mike Morrell, zoecarnate.com
"The Shack" is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself. With every page, the complicated do's and don't that distort a relationship into a religion were washed away as I understood Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the first time in my life. --Patrick M. Roddy, ABC News Emmy Award winning producer
About the Author
Wm. Paul Young was born a Canadian and raised among a Stone Age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of former New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult and now enjoys the "wastefulness of grace" with his family in the Pacific Northwest.
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The main theme of the book is God meets you where you are, true enough. It's about Mack's healing from his childhood wounds from his Father and from his anger at his daughters killer and at God for allowing it to happen, but no remorse for killing his own Father. The killer also is just a victim of circumstance as was his father. No one is ever responsible for what they do.
There is a scene in which Mack faces his judgment and he is asked to choose which of his two children he will send to hell, He has to choose one, but instead chooses himself. It is about the only time that he seems repentant, a good thing, but it makes God a liar as since she specifically tells him one will go to Hell, and then lets everybody off the hook. An obvious nod to Jesus' self sacrifice on the cross, but God doesn't lie or trick people to make them see his point.
I saw the movie too, liked the movie more.