Playing Many Parts

Book Review – The Shack by William P. Young

My mom bought me a copy of this book and said I just had to read it.  As usual, Mom was right!  This book is amazing, and it is right up there with Randy Alcorn’s books on the same theme.  I was drawn to Randy Alcorn’s books after my first reading of Deadline.  Randy is a Christian author who takes what I have found to be a somewhat unique perspective on Heaven.  None of us knows for sure what Heaven will be like, but how many of us have really considered what it may be like?  Revelation reveals to us what the end of this Earth will be like, but does it really explain what Heaven will be like before the end times?  After the end times?   I can’t answer that, but I have learned from Randy that challenging preconceived ideas of Heaven can be a rewarding exercise that usually brings me to a deeper appreciation for the God of the universe.  Like Randy Alcorn did with Heaven, William P. Young has also encouraged me to go back to scripture to check out his assumptions, and mine, about who God is and what he expects.

So while I may not agree with every idea William P. Young puts forth in his book, I think that it is a very good book for adults to read.  I think that people who will read this book, and then go back to scripture and look for answers to questions that it will raise will really enjoy it and get a lot out of it.  I am even going to encourage my DD to read this book, as I think she has a deep enough theological basis to read it from.  But be warned, some of the ideas in this book are not traditional.  I believe that the main point of the book is very scripturally sound and is therefore good for instruction and has redemptive value. 

One more word of caution;  have plenty of tissue handy.

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  1. * twoclayfeet says:

    Jesus teaches us in Luke 13:3 and John 3:3,5 that we must repent of our sins or perish, and be born again to be allowed into the Kingdom of Heaven.
    The Shack teaches that God doesn’t want our sorrow for our sin. Only the sin of arrogance (of being God’s judge) is mentioned, but it is more than implied that all sin is meant (page 184)
    The god of the Shack says that because of Jesus he has forgiven all of the sins of mankind against him (page 225) And that if we forgive someone it will allow God to redeem them and it will release them from judgment. (page 224,225)

    There are some that believe that the Scripture from John 20:23 applies to either some or all that call themselves Christians now.
    Going back to what Jesus said in Luke 13:3 and John 3:3,5, it’s clear that we, each as an individual, must repent (be sorry for our sins, ask our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus to forgive us of them, then forsake them), accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and walk in obedience to Him and His will — thereby, being born again.
    I understood that whatever authority Jesus gave to those He was talking to in John 20:23, was only given to them — because of their total love and commitment to Jesus, and only because of and through the enabling of the Holy Spirit, and because of Luke 13:3 and John 3:3,5.
    Adam Clarke, in his commentary, says that it is certain that God alone can forgive sins, that it would not only be blasphemous, but grossly absurd, that any man could remit the guilt of a sin that had been committed against God. Those who believed on the Son of God, because of their preaching, had their sins forgiven, those who would not believe were under condemnation. That it was only to the primitive apostles that this power was given.

    If we love our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus and all the little children of the world (no matter what age they may be), we will share with them the truth of God’s word.

    I exhort then, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men; including kings and all who are in high station, in order that we may live peaceful and tranquil lives with all godliness and gravity. This is right, and is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who wants all mankind to be saved and come to a full knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 8 months ago
  2. Twoclayfeet,
    To be honest, I missed this entirely, but I would agree with you, only God can forgive sins.

    Like I said, I don’t agree with every idea in this book, but look at the great dialogue it created here that may not have otherwise happened!

    Thanks for stopping in and for leaving such insightful comments.


    | Reply Posted 9 years, 8 months ago
  3. You should definitely find a better job… actually that was pretty well written 🙂

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 7 months ago

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