Book Review: “The Shack” – William P. Young

With the movie version of the widely popular book “The Shack” getting geared up to hit the big screen, it is safe to assume that based on the extraordinary success of the written version, the movie version of this fiction will also be well received in the professing church. It SHOULD then also be safe to assume, I believe, that Christians will be obedient to the very word we base our faith on and “test all things” (2 Thess. 5:21) and no matter how emotionally charged a story like “The Shack” is, or how it may “speak” to us, we will be ready and vocal in dismissing it if it contradicts scripture in its portrayal of the person, character and work of God.

In a review, Greg Rice says:

I guess what I am trying to say is that I find this book not only theologically inaccurate, but totally unnecessary. We already have a book to tell us how God deals with tragedy in our lives. It’s called the book of Job. Here we see God actually suggesting to Satan that he afflict Job. It was God’s idea! Why? We can’t know all of the reasons, but God certainly does and if He does not share them, He absolutely has the right to do so. My guess would be to show Satan that when God’s Holy Spirit controls a man, that man will never turn away. Consider Job’s word in Job 19:25-26:

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,”

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