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The Shack by William Paul Young
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May 11, 2010

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bookshelves: religious-spiritual, read-2010
Read from May 11 to June 22, 2010 , read count: 1

Not great literature, and pretty sappy storytelling, but there are nuggets of truth that it worth make wading through the less the stellar presentation and questionable theology. The crux of Young's message (to me) is two-pronged: 1) God wants us to make him the center of his life...not a priority, not even the first priority, but THE priority around with all other aspects of our life revolve. 2) God exemplifies and demonstrates over & over what love is, and this story, despite its deficiencies, is an unflinching and touching illustration of unconditional love. I didn't love this book, but I was really impacted by the points Young made. I don't know that I would recommend it, but I am glad I read it.

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Becki Lusk I received your copy today...wondering what your thoughts were on it as people tend to love it or hate it. I'm not sure I will love it either, but I've been wanting to read it for quite some time.

Bookish Phil loved it & pushed me to read it for a long time, but I resisted because I'm never confident that something that has such appeal to so many is actually going to appeal to me. Many times I have found that the hype far exceeds the quality (Eat, Pray, Love is another example), and it makes me skittish. When I finally read it, I didn't have the emotional response to it that Phil did, but I did think that it had, at its core, the truth of God's love for us. The other issue I had was the faulty theology that popped up fairly frequently, but the crux of the book was right, and that was the more important part. Hope that helps...I'm still kind of ambivalent, due to the fact that the book itself wasn't stellar as a piece of literature, and that always colors my opinion.

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