Monday, April 12, 2010
Book Review #879
The Shack by William P. Young
Rating: one star (out of four)
I had heard so many great things about this book, so I was eager to read it. The story was kind of disturbing in the beginning and I wasn't sure if I wanted to read about that kind of thing for the whole book - but luckily it changed. I thought it was an interesting story, but I thought the author's theology was off and there were a couple of things in the book that I just didn't agree with. And the author's portrayal of God, well, that was a little bit too weird for me to handle...it kind of made me grimace a couple of times.
I felt like this book was trying too hard to appease a wide audience, and that meant it didn't stick to a proper sense of restrictions. I don't believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit know everything the others know. I believe they are three in one, but I also believe that God is the head. I don't believe that there is not a heirachy, because in the bible it clearly states that God knows certain things even Jesus doesn't know. So with the author's portrayal that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit were all the same but separate was something that I wasn't buying and I thought it was unbiblical. This book is supposed to be from a Christian perspective, but I felt that it made some of the beliefs a little murky and slanted. I would not recommend this book.