Back To “The Shack”

I’ve posted reviews (here and here) on the much-loved-and-much-loathed best-seller The Shack before, but here are a few more to add to the mix:

Here are three new blog posts:

And here are three recent reviews:

[HT:  Justin Taylor]


6 thoughts on “Back To “The Shack”

  1. Sarah just read The Shack and liked it a good bit. She had read Douglas Wilson’s critique of it and felt prepared to handle bad theology, but Wilson’s criticism didn’t point out the things she disliked most about the book. At one point, the God figure dismisses authority and hierarchy as man-made. We are all to submit to each other, and God even submits to us. That’s what she didn’t like the most about it.

    Still, she liked it overall.

    • Thanks Phil! I’m glad to hear Sarah read the book and read it with discerning eyes. I don’t remember the part you’re referring to about God submitting to us. On which page can we find it? Or which chapter? Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sarah told me this morning that Keller’s review was the most insightful she has read. The submission dialogue starts on pg 147. The Jesus character says, “Have you noticed that even though you call me ‘Lord’ and ‘King,’ I have never really acted in that capacity with you? I’ve never taken control of your choices or forced you to do anything, even when what you were about to do was destructive . . . To force my will on you is exactly what love does not do. . . . That’s the beauty you see in my relationship with Abba and Sarayu. We are indeed submitted to one another and have always been so and always will be. Papa is as much submitted to me as I to him, or Sarayu to me, or Papa to her. Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect. In fact, we are submitted to you in the same way.”

  3. I plan to read this soon, but I don’t expect to like it since it seems to be a long authorial monologue, not a story. Still, there may be parts that appeal to me. I’ll let you know.

  4. Thanks Phil. And thanks for sharing the passage about submission. Raises a few ‘red flags’ doesn’t it?

    And yes, read the book and share your thoughts. I’ll be interested to see what you think, as I’m sure the readers of your blog will, too.

    It behooves those of us who have been called to shepherd God’s people to help them think biblically about what they read, watch, and hear.

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