Okay, here are some real reviews on The Shack

In case you didn’t know, The Shack is a novel written by William P. Young that is selling like crazy and has been called everything from “wonderful” to “heretical” (and everything in between). I haven’t read it yet, but I have read quite a few reviews on it, so I thought I would share some links with you in case you were interested in learning more about it. And even though I haven’t read the book myself, here is the link to My Review of The Shack. (Note: I finally got around to reading it. Although there were some good things about the book, I thought the negatives outweighed the positives, and I would have a hard time recommending it.)

Tim Challies has written two reviews for The Shack. You can read his briefer review here or download his 17-page in-depth review here.

That The Shack is a dangerous book should be obvious from this review. The book’s subversive undertones seek to dismantle many aspects of the faith and these are subsequently replaced with doctrine that is just plain wrong. Error abounds. I urge you, the reader, to exercise care in reading and distributing this book. The Shack may be an engaging read but it is one that contains far too much error. Read it only with the utmost care and concern, critically evaluating the book against the unchanging standard of Scripture.

Mr. Dawn Treader reviews Tim Challies’ review and then adds his own thoughts on the book.

These are all valid theological soft spots in the book. Kudos to Challies for exposing them … Still, I found The Shack an interesting read and it challenged me to think about forgiveness more deeply, and for that, I am grateful. I look forward to getting into many great conversations about The Shack, particularly with my non-Christian friends.

Melinda at Stand to Reason offers a mixed review.

You’re going to be surprised. I was. I liked it. It does reveal some things about God well and things I’ve never really seen attempted in literature before. You’re not going to be surprised. I wasn’t. I didn’t like it. I have some serious concerns about it. I can’t recommend it. I can’t condemn it.

And finally, trinity scholar and comic-book artist Fred Sanders offers a mix of reviews from five different perspectives: 1) The Kids-Book Author, 2) The Naive Believer, 3) The Worried Theologian, 4) The Literary Snob, and 5) The Haiku Artist. Here is a sample from the Kids-Book Author review:

Did you like Mack’s Trinity?
Did you like Mack’s persons three?
Did you like how Jesus talked?
Did you like that water walk?

I did not like Mack’s Trinity.
I did not like Mack’s persons three.
I did not like how Jesus talked.
I did not like the water walk.

That Mack in Shack!
That Mack in Shack!
I do not like that Mack in Shack!

Oh, and did I mention My Review of The Shack here? What is your review of The Shack?

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  1. My Review of The Shack at Ray Fowler .org

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