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Back to The Shack. Here’s my quick thoughts. Hoping for a deep, drawn out argument or defense of the book? Sorry, won’t find that here.
- I took a LONG time to get going. It seemed like a third of the book was preface. But that’s just me, I like to get to it.
- The story was very moving. I’m not gonna lie, I fought back tears many times.
- The portrayal of the trinity of God did not offend me in the slightest, in fact it offered me a new way to experience God for the week or two that I read the book. And it challenged me to explore God deeper than just a ‘pray to/sing to/serve to’ God.
- I did not read this book expecting it to be a theological study of the trinity. In fact I clearly remember the author stating that this book was FICTION.
- I believe that Christians can and have missed the point on this book. Rather than an exegesis of scripture, this is a fictional look at how God could choose to reveal himself. I think this is an attempt of an author to share how he personally experiences God – as each of us experience God a little differently.
- I believe that the danger of this book is if the reader misses the point and accepts the story as fact without clear, Biblical teaching on the nature of God. If you are looking for that, don’t look to a fictional story.
- I’m a little appalled that some in the Christian community have come out so strongly against the book, as if it was completely heretical. I mean we get all excited when a movie that portrays God as a giant Lion comes out. And we jumped all over the end-times books & movies, that were completely fictional… We are a weird crowd.
- And of course, I don’t consider myself a theologian, so I could be way off too.
- All in all, it’s a beautiful story of pain, redemption, love, forgiveness, and relationship.
Back to Driscoll. He’s very angry about this book:
Bob Botsford preached on it too:
I don’t know. I respect guys like this – they’re proven warriors, they’re obviously concerned for their churches & for the church as a whole. I just really think that it’s an issue of missing the point. I don’t believe the book is trying to state any theological premises, it’s just a story with some interesting adjectives to describe God. I’m of the thought that God will not be anything like we can imagine in our human brains. God gave us an imagination for a reason.
Of course, I’m learning too, every day, so help me out if you have other thoughts.