Monday, February 2, 2009

The Shack

(Photo by Hazel King)

"The Shack" by William Paul Young is a work of fiction and not a theological textbook. The best-selling novel has created a stir by its unorthodox presentation of the gospel message. If you have read this book, you know that it can seriously challenge your idea of God. If you plan to read it, be prepared to have your preconceived notions turned upside down. I do not necessarily agree or disagree with the way God is presented in the book, but it gave me plenty to ponder. We tend to be more comfortable with our “God-in-the-box” than with the truth that God cannot be boxed in. He so far exceeds our imaginations that we cannot truly grasp even the concept of God, much less the reality. That is where faith comes in. If we come to God, we must first believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him. "The Shack" does an admirable job of presenting the nature of God and his overwhelming love for the people he created. More than sacrifice, more than rote obedience, God desires to be in relationship and daily fellowship with his children. It is that simple--and that complex.

“An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.” (A.W. Tozer)

By Hazel King
© 2009

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