Published by Rick Meigs on July 29th, 2008 in Books.
Derek Keefe’s “overview” of The Shack called Reading in Good Faith has been getting some buzz.
Keefe brings some needed balance to the conversation.
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I saw Scot McKnight’s link to the CT review by Keefe…and put up a link to it myself. Yes…balance is the right word.
Thanks Peggy. Just checked out Scot’s post and the comments are good. Thanks for the heads up.
Update: Here is the link Peggy mentioned. Good discussion.
My wife is only two chapters away from finishing it. She has throughly enjoyed the book. From her perspective, it has opened her eyes to the fact that when you really get down to it, God really is in love with people. It seems to me that God has gotten a bad rap, mostly because we in the church are famous for mixing the old covenant with the new covenant. The end result of course is powerless living! Why because the old Testament preached that it was all based on my behavior and the new testament says it is all about what Christ did for us.
Bottom line of The Shack is of course, relationship. God is all about connecting with His kids. I am sure that the book will touch people in a lot of different ways.
“God really is in love with people.”
Scott: That is spot-on and the book does a good job, IMHO, of getting us to see this. I also happen to like the way Paul deals with the Trinity — showing the relationship and oneness of God in the three.
Mr. Keefe does seem to be attempting to bring some balance to the conversation. So why does he join the group who have chosen to focus on an issue to which this work of fiction devotes so little space, the church, and characterize the book by the author’s comments on that issue and by “theological errors” that will “make you cringe”? Was there no space in the review to list some of those errors?
I’ve read the book twice, the second time searching for the issues that seem to be so upsetting to some churchmen. At the end of the second read I was still asking myself why some quarters of the church find this little book so threatening.
Perhaps an old acquaintance, a practicing psychologist for many years, and his comments on people who over-react to things that other people say about them might shed a little light. Per this gentleman, behind such over-reactions there is usually the belief that what is being said about them is basically true. Is there a possibility that what “Willie” says about the church hits a bit too close to home?
The book is fiction. It is about one person’s journey out of pain into peace. Yes, it contains theological statements, but it is not a systematic theology. If I reject the entire story because I do not agree with everything Willie says, then will I not have to reject everything everyone I know says, since I have yet to find anyone who agrees with me on everything?
Do you not wonder – Is this not really a case of “sour grapes”? Paul Young has sold 1.1 million copies of this book, and it is still number one on the NY Times paperback fiction bestseller list. Who of those writing a critical review can make a similar claim?
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