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The Shack by William Paul Young
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May 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: theology, novel
Read in May, 2010

An outstanding, very unusual book. With no literary ambitions, the first youthbook I read in 20 years. Very touching, a page turner. A wonderful justification of who God is. Completely wrong where it states the idea that we can communicate with dead persons. Suspicious to me also the chapter that introduces the concept of an aura covering everybody's body, that's near to esoteric crap. Could it be one of these 99% truth-1% lie products that we remember somewhere from paradise...?
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Louisa A very challenging book that brings God down to the capacity of the modern reader to understand, approach and accept Him. The innovative way of presenting God as a woman, is just a way of stressing that He is above any stereotypes humans might have in mind about Him. A very clever way of avoiding analogies that some cannot accept for different reasons. The idea of relationships at all levels is fascinatingly presented. Theologically correct on most points, except the idea of existence after death. Unfortunately this compromise does not satisfactorily answer a very important question: ‘Why does God allow pain?’ Otherwise, a friendly, caring and fun God comes out of the story. It remains for the modern reader to discover Him and to experiment His attributes. And if you get stuck in real life, the book ‘God sent a man’ gives a deep, alternative insight on what the answer to the difficult question might be.


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