The Shack by William P. Young (Wm. Paul Young) is one popular book. I have heard about it from many different sources. At one extreme is Eugene Peterson on the front cover stating, “This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his. It’s that good”. Some say that it has changed the way they view God. They no longer see God ‘in a box’, to quote more than one person. Another group falls in the middle and claims it is yet another passing fad. A fourth that it needs to be confronted. And yet a fifth that seek to have it thrown out of book stores and burned. I will largely fall into the fourth group with sections causing me to want to burn the book.
I’ve read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress many times. This book is not its equivalent for many reasons, the least of which is that a much larger portion of the Christian life is dealt with in Pilgrim’s Progress. I’m never sure what people mean when they say God was ‘in a box’. Meditating on verses such as Psalm 115:3, Habakkuk 2:20, Ephesians 1:11, and Philippians 2:5-11 would, I think, be more helpful and solid than any fiction book. Also, even if it were a passing fad, as Christians we are to evaluate teachers and be prepared to give an answer (Deuteronomy 13:1-4, 1 Peter 3:15). Lastly, the fifth group only speaks to a problem with our Christian culture. We would not need to remove books from stores if Christians could properly discern for themselves and educate each other on them. As for the burning, righteous indignation is a virtue
With all that for introduction I will continue with posts every two or three days going chapter by chapter to review sections of agreement and disagreement. I hope this will aid you in thinking through this popular book.