Just a quick post tonight before I retire for the day. Here are a few more links on blog posts concerning The Shack.
John Stackhouse has posted some essays about the book. His first deals with the ‘defense of ideological fiction’. In the second essay he begins to tackle the ‘theological issues‘ in the book. He writes:
As I say, these are important theological matters in themselves, but not crucial to The Shack. I would like to see them either corrected or dropped from later editions of the book. But even if they aren’t, I don’t see them as fatal to the book’s main purpose and helpfulness. In my next post, I’ll consider a couple more that some think doom the book entirely.
In the third essay, he deal with a few more ‘issues‘ bringing the total to six. I think the professor provides a well balanced review and analysis of the book and if I read correctly he has promised at least one more. They are worth the time it takes to read (which isn’t long at all).
HT: Jason Goroncy
This quibble aside, this book is a profound reflection on the nature of God, the struggle and significance of personal suffering, and the need for deep healing in the deepest parts of the soul. I recommend this to all people – believer and unbeliever alike! Like the best of spiritual writings, this book holds the potential to radically transform its reader.
I realize that there are some perceived issues with the book. What is needed is honest evaluation, close reading, and an understanding of the significant point the author is making about the nature of suffering that is, can be, and should be redemptive. The ministry of suffering is not one talked of much in this world of the health and wealth, prosperity, name it and claim it gospelism. I think The Shack points us forward to a place where suffering can rightly resume its office within the theology and practice of the church. I am still thankful the book was written and I am still recommending that you read it.