Having read My Name is Russell Fink, and now Return Policy, I'd say that author Michael Snyder has a genuine knack for portraying 'pathetic' people. AHaving read My Name is Russell Fink, and now Return Policy, I'd say that author Michael Snyder has a genuine knack for portraying 'pathetic' people. And I love it. Perhaps it makes his stories all the more easy to relate to? This is truly a heart-warming story. Definitely recommend it....more
5 stars? Ya, I know it's crazy because I guess this is a super-controversial book... but I am rating it this way because of it's impact - not because5 stars? Ya, I know it's crazy because I guess this is a super-controversial book... but I am rating it this way because of it's impact - not because of it's sound theology. The view of the trinity in this book is one I had never considered. And, although it challenged a LOT of my fundamentalist upbringing, it inspired me to return to the Bible and learn more - find the closeness with God described in The Shack and to see what God's Word said regarding his triune relationship. NEVER should anyone replace the Bible with a book that is claimed to be fiction by it's own author - but 5 stars to the man who can make your heart yearn to know more about the Lord through a fiction tale.
The book at times moves you to laugh, to cry and to dig deeper.
So... that's my review... As of late people, in the Christian circle, have been discussing whether or not it is 'right' to read a book... Since when has it been wrong to read anything? I would really LOVE to read the Koran. But - I want to READ it - Not BELIEVE in it. If your faith is not strong enough to discern between fact and fiction than, really there are more important things to worry about... And you know what? The Shack is an extremely popular book right now. So, people are going to talk about it. There are even non-christians reading it and asking questions... I have no idea what they are talking about if I have not read it. Now, the Bible can answer all of their questions... I just might not understand the context.
Some reviews by Christians, of whom their opinion is valued, have even gone so far as to call the act of putting the Holy Spirit and God the Father in human form - sinful. That is dangerous ground in my opinion. The author is admittedly a Christian. A God-fearing, deity of Christ believing man. And, his work is admittedly fiction. Is it not just as dangerous to portray God in animal form? As a lion perhaps? But we don't question the validity of CS Lewis' works. And - have you read "The Last Battle"? Not exactly correct theology there - yet fundamentalist Christian churches across the globe don't hesitate to teach sermon after sermon on the symbolism of the redemption story.
Have you reviewed The Shack without reading it? Or, have you put words in the authors mouth without asking him his intentions? I hope I never write a book. I am as sinful as it gets... And, I know that if I write a piece of work I too will deserve to be called sinful - BECAUSE I AM.... and you know what? So are you. Let authors have their creative freedom. Let people read what they want to and help them to discern the truth from it. If we want people to grow to maturity - shouldn't we let them question their faith a little? And stop scaring people away from having honest questions... It's time to get off the milk like babes and learn to eat solid food. We do that through questioning... and then affirming the truth....more
It's been a while since I read this one - perhaps I should pick it up again. This is one of those books that I have picked up several times and read tIt's been a while since I read this one - perhaps I should pick it up again. This is one of those books that I have picked up several times and read through the first 1/3 rather quickly - really soaking up the symbolism and taking in this man's journey to salvation. It's even better when you read the annotated version - with the scripture references on the side. But then... a little after 2/3 of the way through the book gets rather dry. One of those books where perhaps the author was paid per word? Still a great book - a classic in my mind. Just takes some pushing through to the end... Symbolism there too?...more