There’s no doubt about it- The Shack has beena phenomenal success. By February 2008, the bookhad sold over 200,000 copies, with a marketing budget of about $200. But three months later, ayear after its release, it had sold over 700,000 copies. By the time you read this it will have soldover a million, and that could be just the beginning. It is now the best-selling Christian book inAmerica. It is already being discussed widely, and eventually it will be a topic in most churches. Over on Amazon it ranks No 3 for all book sales, and it has pulled in over 1,500 reviews!
But why all the fuss about a book that is seemingly attracting thousands of people to a greater understanding of the love of God, the Trinity and God’s view of man? Shouldn’t we all rejoice that people are reading about God and Jesus in ana age that seems so antagonistic towards Christianity? Isn’t it a tad judgemental to try and nitpick through the errors in the book? If that is your view then you need to read your Bible.
Acts 17:11 tells us that “the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Thus, if you don’t mind I’m going to cast my lot in with the Bereans and examine The Shack against what the Bible says, and I don’t really care if it’s “just a story- a work of fiction”. The heretic Arius (ca 256-336) used songs to infiltrate his false doctrine that Christ was a created being into the early church, and likewise we would be foolish to think that Satan would not use stories, songs or other methods to promote false doctrine within the church today. That’s why we have got to examine things in light of what the Bible says. It alone is infallible, authoritative and sufficient for all things pertaining to the faith. It contains the objective revealed truth of God, so why do we continually look for the subjective experience outside of it?
Anyways, back to The Shack review. Scott Lindsey, over on The Resurgence has put together a fantastic, and might I say fair, review of the book and I highly recommend you read it. You won’t be disappointed!
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