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Wednesday's Word: The Shack

A year after the rest of Christendom, I have finally read The Shack.

Two things surprised me.

1. The theology wasn't nearly as wacked out as I'd been influenced to believe. In fact, I don't think the theology is any more misinformed than my own theology is. What I mean is, it's not perfect, but I don't think it's that far off. I would be totally willing to suggest the representation of God in this book as a decent starting point for understanding who He is. And it was a good reminder to me of the centrality of relationship in my worldview and interaction with God.

2. The writing was awful. The story itself has great potential, and there were moments of really powerful dialogue. But I wasn't even halfway through the prologue before I thought, This is going to be painful. This may be in part that it's a very didactic text (that is, a text intended to teach a specific point). But for a book that I believe made it on the NY Times Bestsellers' List, I was surprised. I had to skim. I was always one step outside the story. And that disappointed me.


So. I would recommend this book for a good spiritual discussion. I wouldn't recommend it for a good, mesmerizing read.

Comments

Kirsten said…
dude...nice summary.
question: I thought no blogging until Sunday at the earliest?
... said…
oh kirsten, come now. resolutions like that are meant to be broken.

thank you, beth, for agreeing with me (unbeknownst to you). I thought i was the only one who didn't find it entirely heretical....
Nadine said…
I was super-late to read this, too. The hype exhausted me. But...

...it made me cry. At a certain point I stopped caring about the poor writing and got caught up in a narrative that felt really personal.

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