The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
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Invariably, they responded to my negative response with something along the lines of "You have to! It changed my life! I was full of questions, and life stunk, and then I read the book, and God made sense to me, I understood quantum physics effortlessly, and all of a sudden I could spin flax into gold!"
So, what I'm about to say is going to make a lot of people pretty angry.
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This is a hard book to review because you pretty much have to separate it into two parts. The novel, and the theological.
This man is not a writer. As far as the novel aspect of this book, I don't personally believe it is well written. Both the descriptions and dialogue don't ring true to me. But if delve into a little of the back story regarding this author you find that he never intended this book to be published. After experienci ...more
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It wasn't a book that I just couldn't put down. This is usually a prerequisite for me to rate a book so ...more
Added to my review below are several more specific drawbacks of the book. Unfortunately, every one of these would have been pointed out by first or second year writing students, which simply reiterates my main point below: Shame on you ...more
I was given this book as a gift many years ago and read the first few chapters. I was annoyed by the profanity. I don't think it is ever okay for a Christian author to use profanity in any circumstances. Why not use alternative words especially in a fictional book. It's like the children who swear to try and shock people or to fit in with the crowd. Christians are called to do neither of these things....l ...more
All of you who liked, commented, and otherwise made it clear that you "felt me" on my response to The Shack are very much appreciated.
Why did you make me do this book club? You all seem like nice people.....what did I do?
Seriously. I missed the book club meeting due to work or I would have yelled out at the top of my lungs 'NOOOOOOO, not The Shack!' But I wasn't there, so instead of reading Cloud Atlas, The Shack happened, and I let it happen with my absence.
*sigh* Where to begin.....
1. I am not a Christian. Strike one for The Shack and me. Many people are and that's fantastic, but this book was so stupid that I have hope ...more
It begins with an unspeakably horrible tragedy happening to a loving father. ( ...more
This is the story of Mack, a man whose 6-year-old daughter was abducted and brutally murdered during a family camping trip. The serial killer, a man who leaves a ladybug pin everytime he kills a child, was never captured, and the only clue to Missy's abduction was an undeniable, bloodstained red sundress on the floor of an abandoned shack high up in the middle of nowhere. Now, four years after Missy's murder, h ...more
I don't disagree with the message that God loves us and wants a relationship with us, but this book is so full of pot-holes and misinterpretations that renders it useless:
The Jesus character says: “My life was not meant to be an example to be copied....It is a means for your independence to be killed”.
Huh?? What Bible is the author reading? What about St. Paul telling us to be imitato ...more
I tried, I really did, to read this book. I got about four chapter in and completely gave up. I'd get rid of the thing but she signed it and my conscience would bother me, and so it sits here mocking me, probably for forever.
I thought I couldn't finish it because the writing is bad, but I read the ...more
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I am a little surprised to see so many people who did not like the book. One reviewer maybe explained the wide disparity in the need to seperate the work of fiction itself with theology. Perhaps many people are put off by the imaginitive take on Biblical ideals.
As a work of fiction, I found it original and thought provoking. Theologically, it was ungrounded, yet working as an abstract parable, it illustrates ...more
Things are very often better explained and understood in story than in definition, and that is why I usually tend not to like didactic ...more
I read this years ago -during the hype. People were raving about it. It was a number 1 best selling book.
Yet, its a 'least' favorite for me. (the book with the manipulated ending)!
Its funny how we come across an old book we have read. (positive or negative). We meet a new member on Goodreads --and before you know it, memories return while reading their reviews.
Why people were so turned on about this book --I'll never understand.
Despite the pompous subtitle and the fact that I'm a non believer, the description of this book interested me. I expected an emotional story where a man confronts God and demands answers for what happened to his daughter. I knew this book was Christian Fiction so I was sure that at the end the man would reconcile with God but I didn't expect the book to be so maudlin and preachy.
I li ...more
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The manuscript, that later became The Shack, was intended only for his six kids and for a handful of close friends. After mu ...more