Well I finally read The Shack. I didn’t know a whole lot about it, other than it was about a guy who goes into the woods and has a conversation with God, which really made me a little hesitant to pick it up and why I hadn’t read it until now (published in 2007). It all sounded a little unbelievable and, frankly, kind of boring. I figured I’d be overly critical the whole time.
But I finally read it, and it wasn’t anything like I expected. Believe it or not there was an actual story to it (I don’t know why I thought the book would open with some spiritual guy speaking with God in an abandoned shack). And I know that the way in which God is portrayed in The Shack has caused some controversy but, while keeping in mind that it is a fiction novel, I’d say most of it fits how I think of, understand and relate to our God, as well as how I think we ought to relate to one another.
I liked The Shack a lot, and I thought that the whole idea of writing that kind of a novel was brilliant. I’d love for it to come out as a major motion picture–hope it happens.
I’m betting most of you have already read The Shack. Did you enjoy it? If so, why? Was it life changing? What did you learn from it? Do you feel that it gave you a unique and fuller picture of God? Or did it violate your understanding of Him? If so what parts? Did it upset you? Would you recommend this book to a friend? I’m really curious to hear what you thought, both positive and negative.