The Shack

This morning I read this tweet from @ecucru

“@pastormark on Why the book ‘The Shack’ is heretical and dangerous: http://tinyurl.com/6lnxxu”

Having heard William Paul Young at Catalyst 08 discuss the controversies surrounding his book – I wanted to watch and see what Driscoll had to say.


Driscoll makes a hard argument that the Shack is about the trinity. However, never reading the book I do not know. If my memory serves me correct – I believe William Paul Young disagreed and pointed out what the book was really about.

Overall – I do know that the book is FICTION and I think we need to have that lens on when evaluating it.

So – What are your thoughts on the book? Do you agree with Driscoll? Were you there for the William Paul Young interview at Catalyst 2008? What IS the Shack really about?

Comment away…

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4 comments

  1. Brad Christian · October 18, 2009

    From Cessie Rice:I agree that the book is fiction and that if one was to read it and believe it to be doctrine, they'd possibly be believing the wrong things. Reading "The Shack" was kinda like when I first read The Message Bible….maybe not the best for specific Bible studying, but might cause you to think a little differently about the same verses you've read for many years. I think we'll never, this side of Heaven, truly understand the Trinity but "The Shack," if nothing else, helps to put it in a light that makes the mystery of that relationship a little more understandable.

  2. Josh Clark · October 20, 2009

    I've read the book and I can say with absolute conviction that this gentlemen completely missed the point of the book. It is not an "explanation" of the Trinity, or an endorsement of God as a woman. In fact, to each of these arguments the exact opposite is true. Regardless, the book is a story about healing and restoration, and the unexplainable, unimaginable, and indescribable power of God. The "images" of God are no more "graven", than my child's drawings of God to illustrate their stories; which, by this the speakers interpretation of the Commandment, are heretical also. Anyway, its a fantastic book, well worth reading.

  3. Jason Curlee · November 10, 2009

    very interesting…mother God…is he taking a fiction book to far…and was that the intent of the author…

  4. smblack07 · December 2, 2009

    It reminds me of the controversy that surrounded the book "The DaVenci Code." That too was a fiction that everyone flipped out over. I think it is important to understand the trinity from what the Bible says about it, not from what some man had interpreted to be. I have never read the book, so I cannot say anything for or against it. However I can say that sometimes the label "fiction" is just a scapegoat used so that authors can say whatever they feel like with out being accountable for it. Its like the "JK" of the literary world. If people would just READ the BIBLE a lot of things would be clearer. And to those who say "its to hard to understand" maybe you do not understand it because you are not reading it through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and if such is the case maybe you should seriously evaluate your salvation. As a Christian I CRAVE the Words of the Lord. And it's a craving that can only be filled through His Word. That is a craving and longing that has echoed throughout history. The Bible says to "long for the pure spiritual milk of the word." 1 Peter 2:2 (kjv) Its like trying to talk to someone you don't know. Very, very awkward.

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