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4.0 out of 5 stars Grounded in Orthodoxy, 10 Aug. 2009
Mr. Michael Lumsden (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Finding God in the Shack (Paperback)
Reviewers of the Shack seem to either love it or hate it. Those who love it will find encouragement in the careful analysis of the themes drawn out in The Shack and how these are in line with fundamental biblical teaching. In general the author is a fan of the Shack - but with some reservations. There are some useful comments concerning areas where The Shack is weak (such as the lack of a place for the Church (or a caring Christian Community).

I think that those who dislike The Shack on the grounds that the theology it reveals is in conflict with their Christian beliefs will find the book very challenging. But these are in my view the individuals who would profit most from studying it. Roger Olson is an evangelical and an experienced author and theologian - he is well placed to be able to consider the book and comment on its orthodoxy. Those genuinely concerned about the teaching of The Shack have a great opportunity to have their fears put to rest by reading this book.

As a liberal Christian I found some comments in the book a little disturbing. Some of the issues commented on in detail seemed to me to be self evident. But I think this is because he is writing primarily for the evangelical Christian.

There is a very interesting section in which the issue of heresy is considered and the meaning is teased out. The author concludes that while some traditions may have different teachings and emphasis, when measured against the Bible and the Creeds, The Shack does not contain heresy.

An area that is perhaps overlooked is a consideration of why the book has had such an impact and why it has proved so popular. In my view this illustrates the power of story. CS Lewis was a brilliant writer and apologist for the Christian faith, but how many have read "Miracles", "Beyond Personality" or "Mere Christianity"? By comparison, how many have read any of the Narnia tales? Story enables us to experience the truth in a way that considering mere doctrine (however sound) can not. The Shack is following the example of Jesus in the use of Parables!

I was left a little disappointed that the book did not touch me in the same way as The Shack had done. But this is unfair, because analysis, however good is never going to be "blood and fire."

Given the level of hostility against the Shack form some sections of the Church, this was a book needing to be written - and needing to be read. The final sentence bears repeating. The last chapter is entitled "Responding to The Shack" and finishes with "We should develop a relational picture of God's character as defined by Jesus Christ - loving, forgiving, compassionate and merciful".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding God in the shack, 25 Feb. 2010
S. W. Rodrigues (England) - See all my reviews
I found this book very helpful in explaining things about the shack. and it is very helpful. glad I bought it.
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