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The Shack: Book # 1 of 2015

If you read only one book this year, make it this one!


You will cry and you will laugh. This book is like digging up the garden of your mind and questioning why you put some things there in the first place.

This story will effect your whole life, all of your relationships, and most especially your relationship with God.

I find myself torn between typing up a pages long monologue of my thoughts on this book and staying silent because I want you to experience it for yourself.

My children will read this book. My future husband will read this book. My friends will grow tired of me recommending this book. Forget “To Kill a Mockingbird”, every high school student should read this.

The Bible is the most important book in my life but the pictures in my head of Bible stories are OLD. They are visions of a life that looks nothing like mine. They are a world with no internet, no TV, no electricity, no cars.

I am convinced that God was truly with WM. Paul Young while he wrote this, helping him to vividly paint a picture for the modern world so that we may more readily understand that we are never ever alone.

When you finish the last chapter of this book, you will almost hear God whisper in your ear, “I am especially pleased with you.”

If you’ve read this book and want to talk about it, e-mail me, call me, text me, Skype me, send up a smoke signal and I’ll find you! I want to talk about it!


17 thoughts on “The Shack: Book # 1 of 2015

  1. I too once started reading The Shack. I got to the halfway point and changed the name of it to The Outhouse. I wish you would reconsider your view on this book and on William P. Young. I stopped at the point where he completely blasphemes God by making him into an obese fat black woman. The Bible is very clear that God has masculine attributes. Acts 17:29 tells us to not think of the Godhead as images or graven art. How many people are seeing God in a way that is not biblical because of this book? How many have the image of God as a woman in their head? Think about this please. There are many other issues that I have read about this book in the past. It has been a good while since I researched it, but the part I mentioned stuck in my head because I read it out of the book itself. I will admit that I very much was enjoying the book up until that point. I say these things because I want you to think about this and look at this book in the light of Scripture. You seem to have a pretty strong love for this book.

      • I very much do so. Like I said before, God authored His word and nowhere in it does He give himself feminine qualities. Things like this can do great damage.

      • “No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” 1 John 4:12

        God loves us all infinitely. If he objects to being portrayed as a fat black woman then surely he must object to being portrayed as a skinny white man? The bible says he wasn’t attractive so does he object to being portrayed as attractive? I think God is everywhere including in fat black women. But if I get to heaven and God says I’m wrong about that, I choose the way he reveals to me is right, which so far has included that He doesn’t mind being portrayed as a fat black woman.

      • I hate the movies that portray Jesus. The Bible series had a guy play Jesus that can be seen in magazines with half naked models. I remember researching that guy. God showed you who HE is in Scripture. HE is masculine. I am sorry that you can’t see that.

      • Andrea, do you believe the Bible to be God’s holy word? I am sure that you will say yes. The Bible is clear that God is masculine. I don’t know what else to say. If God wanted to be viewed as feminine then the Bible would make Him so.

      • Hmm.. It’s very interesting to me you think that. I would love to talk more about this. It’s very intriguing to me. Hope you have a great day and thanks for really getting the juices flowing in my brain πŸ™‚

      • Here are Thirteen heresies that are taught in The Shack. These have been around for a good while. Look them up. Research them please. I hope that you do not agree with any of these Thirteen things. I share these things out of love. Think upon them.
        1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus (p96).

        Because God’s eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 27:45).

        2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice (p102).

        The Bible declares that God’s love and His justice are two sides of the same coin β€” equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).

        3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless (p225).

        Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved (John 14:6).

        4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil (122).

        Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).

        5. God will never judge people for their sins (p120).

        The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-3).

        6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity (p122).

        The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. This doesn’t mean that one Person is higher or better than the other; just unique. Jesus said, “I came to do the will of Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father.” Jesus also said, “I will send you the Holy Spirit” (John 4:34, 6:44, 14:26, 15:26).

        7. God submits to human wishes and choices (p145).

        Far from God submitting to us, Jesus said, “Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life.” We are to submit to Him in all things, for His glory and because of what He has accomplished for us (Matthew 7:13-15).

        8. Justice will never take place because of love (p164).

        The Bible teaches that when God’s love is rejected, and when the offer of salvation and forgiveness is rejected, justice must take place or God has sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for nothing (Matthew 12:20; Romans 3:25-26).

        9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell (p248).

        Jesus’ own description of hell is vivid … it cannot be denied (Luke 12:5, 16:23).

        10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn’t matter which way you get to Him (p182).

        Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will come to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

        11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us (p182).

        Jesus, who dwells in the splendor of heaven, sits at the right hand of God, reigning and ruling the universe. The Bible says, “In Him there is no change, for He is yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 11:12, 13:8; James 1:17).

        12. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven (p122,192).

        Jesus said, “Only those who believe in me will have eternal life” (John 3:15, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40).

        13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper (p65,66,134,198).

  2. This is my favorite book of all time!!! I even got to meet Mr. Young. So humble and fun πŸ˜€ This book is the reason I now call God Papa. That and I took a journey on my own to see who this “Papa God” is really about. Papa wrecked me with this book and I’m soo thankful He did. I’ll never be the same. Thank you for this read. It was quite refreshing πŸ˜€

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