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Finding God in the Shack

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What would it be like to lose your youngest child to a serial killer? And then to have God invite you out for a conversation at the very shack where the terrible deed took place? And then imagine that the door to that shack of horrors opened . . . and before you knew it you had been swept up in the motherly embrace of a large African American woman? This most unlikely of s ...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Authentic (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Randal Rauser, an associate professor of historical theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta, explores the religious controversy sparked by William Paul Young’s 2007 novel, ‘The Shack,’ in his latest publication, ‘Finding God in The Shack.’
As Rauser states in the Introduction, “theology can enrich our understanding and experience of God. And that includes the experience that many have cherished reading The Shack. The fact is that beneath the surface of this compelling story is an inner s
Bart Breen
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Good Primer for those with Concerns

I approached Rauser's book with a few concerns, but probably not the ones that a typical reader might bring. I've read The Shack several times critically and had come to the conclusion long ago that the concerns expressed by some as to the theology were both overstated and also coming most often from those who lean hyper-Calvinist.

What I was concerned most about was whether this book, in its effort to address the theology, was going to do it some violence by
Célia | Estante de Livros
É do conhecimento geral que, quando estamos perante grandes sucessos de vendas, surgem normalmente os livros “sucedâneos”, que pretendem analisar com mais detalhe o livro original e (porque não dizê-lo?) aproveitar-se um pouco do seu sucesso.

Este Encontre Deus na Cabana centra-se quase em exclusivo na análise da forma “inovadora” que William P. Young escolheu para representar o seu Deus e a Trindade. Compara-a e tenta integrá-la com as noções comuns e mais conservadoras, abordando temas como o m
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
"Finding God in The Shack" is not as comprehensive as it could have been. Rauser says nothing about The Shack’s weak Eucharistic scene, for example, most likely because differences in denominational outlook would color any commentary there. More frustrating for me is that even while defending a novel of which he is especially fond, Rauser tends to hedge his bets.

What Randal Rauser has given the rest of us is a study guide. I have stubborn, armor-plated, hairy, ill-tempered problems with some of
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
I read this book while leading a group in a discussion of The Shack by William Paul Young. There has been extensive criticism by many more conservative groups and ministers of The Shack, but I found it a very powerful book. In this book Rauser defends The Shack against the shouts of heresy, as well as many other complaints. Rauser examines the major issues of The Shack--the image of God; the mystery of the Trinity; hierarchy in the Trinity; the arguments against an all-powerful, all knowing God ...more
Ed Laundy
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There is a great deal of controversy about The Shack. This book examines each area of controversy with an even hand. In most the author agrees with the theology of The Shack. There are areas where he does not agree and somew areas where hte htere seems to be no way to determine if The Shack is on target or not. I enjoye d Searching almost as much as The Shack itself. If you have questions about some of the basic tenents of Christianity you should read this book, but only after reading The Shack.
Oct 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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read, on-line, that many conservatives, evangelicals didn't like the shack and why.
In searching for a positive theological analysis, I came across this Canadian theolgian's
work which really helped me to further understand the shack.
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
One gentleman's encounter with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit helps him move on from a tragic loss of his daughter.
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You won't be able to put this book down!
Robin Royal
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Ok not as good as The Shack.
Luana Henry
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting, glad I read it.
Aunt Sheila
May 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great side book to read after the Shack. also makes you rethink things in a different light.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Didn't really care for it.
Ewa Krzeminska
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Let's check if it has something to add to the Original.
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Mar 03, 2009 rated it liked it
positive review of the shack which i didn't like at all for its description of God
Kingsley Layton
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful and resourceful.
Lina Vieira
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
A bit tiring to read but made very good points sometimes in favor of The Shack and other times against.
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
a must read
Soneide luz
Feb 09, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
O Misterio do Livro A Cabana revelado.
Sep 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Read this book at the same as "The Shack" in order to compare the author's ideas with my own as I was studying "The Shack" in a church study group.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
An analysis of how The Shack lines up with Biblical teachings. Overall solid analysis, however, I felt like the author's issues with his own father clouded some of his assessment.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maravilhoso !
Me deu uma outra visão, tanto sobre A Cabana quanto a Deus. Tenho certeza que o que aprendi com ele não vou esquecer (:
Kara Vehar
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me a lot after reading The Shack. I learned a lot about my faith.
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Randal Rauser is a systematic and analytic theologian of evangelical persuasion. He is driven by apologetic concerns and above all by the tireless pursuit of truth. The downside is that this requires him to recognize when he is wrong (which is often) for truth is complex and it offers us no guarantees that we shall always find it. At the same time, Randal does not despair of finding truth, for he ...more