Almost everyone is talking about "The Shack", a Christian novel that attempts to answer the question, "Where is God when bad things happen?" There have been so many rave reviews about this book, and it is the #1 New York Times Bestseller, with over 3 million copies in print.
So, I wonder why it didn't hit me the same way that it has so many others. The allegories were interesting, and quite novel as God was pictured as a big mama type lady, the Holy Spirit as a female gardener, and Jesus as...well a rather hip and modern down to earth Jesus. Once you could accept the idea, it wasn't too shocking, but the answers given for pain and suffering in the world were not satisfying to me. I am a Christian; in fact I am an ordained minister. I am Spirit-filled, and non-denominational, so I am not stuffy and pragmatic. But it just didn't thrill me the way it seems to be thrilling others.
There were some things that I found quite novel and interesting in the book, and there were even times when I felt it led me to some revelation about the nature of God, and faith. I also found it to be a book that was difficult to put down, so from that perspective, it's a winner. Perhaps I just didn't agree with some of the theology. I do agree that, "All things work together for good, for those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose." But I don't believe that everything IS good, or that God causes bad things to happen. I think Satan does a lot of that, plus man lives in a sinful and fallen world, and we are allowed free choice, so much evil exists because it is in the heart of man. And the author supports that thinking, to a degree.
I don't want to give away the premise of this book, so I'll let you decide for yourself. It is a page turner, because you never know what's going to happen next. So decide for yourself about "The Shack." It is an interesting (and different) read. It will make you think, and that's always good.