>The Shack: A Cross Driven Review

>Everyone and their grandmother has weighed in on the shack. A quick look at Amazon reveals that it has a 4.5/5 rating. That’s incredibly high. 76% of reviewers gave it a full 5 stars. This book has been a big hit in evangelicalism. I finally got my hands on a copy of the book, and so cheap jerseys I have decided to give cheap nba jerseys it a review here. William P. Young has pretty large shoes to fill. Eugene Peterson (author of The Message) claims that, “This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his. It’s that wholesale nba jerseys good!” That’s a pretty tall claim, considering that Pilgrim’s Progress is the most widely read book in the world excluding the Bible. Let’s take a look at The Shack from a Cross-Driven perspective. I will be posting this review in several pieces, because I just cannot find time to bang it all out in one sitting. The first part is here, wherein I look at the good things about The Shack

THE GOOD

I think it is important to be charitable and address the good things that the book has to say. After all, the Shack is not entirely bad, and I must credit Young for the things he did right. First, the book had me in tears. The story of what happened to Mack’s daughter and the subsequent redemption made me tear up cheap nba jerseys at least five times. Young is a more than capable writer, and I was defintiely drawn into the pain that Mack felt and the scars that it left on his family. It would hurt so deeply to face Descenso that kind of tragedy, and I cannot pretend to know what that must be like as a young man of 24. I readily admit to that. I have faced some hard things in my life, but the torture and murder of my little girl is not something with which I can fully identify. Young does an excellent job of making the reader feel the weight of Mack’s pain.

The Shack challenged me to recognize that God is loving. He is not only judicial and not only wrathful, but he wholesale jerseys is also hot loving. He is a very good God and not in a stale way that makes him out to be a machine. He really does care and he really does feel and he really does understand what his children go through on this planet. I was challeged by The Shack to make sure that my view of God’s love is in a Biblical balance. Please note, however, that I am not saying that the view of God’s love presented in the Shack is in Biblical balance but only that it challenged me to check my own view against the Bible.

The same can be said for God’s Hello personal nature. The Shack challenged me to recognize and keep my view of God’s personal nature in check. I have discarded a lot of what evangelical Christianity says about the “buddy God,” because it is not according to scripture. However I must never lose sight of the fact that God is personal. And once again, The Shack challenged me to look at my own views and make sure that I see God’s personal nature as the Bible expresses it.

 

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