Christian fiction books can be a great way to relate to non-Christians. Every now and then a book comes along that is talked about by almost everyone. It seems like everyone has read it and has an opinion about it. In the case of The Shack, Christians across the world have proclaimed it as the best book of all time.
So what exactly is it about The Shack that make it so memorable to everyone who reads it? Why is everyone and their brother proclaiming that you need to read this book if you're a Christian? Let's take a look at the details behind The Shack.
The Shack is a fiction narrative about a man who is summoned by God to a remote shack. The shack, as it turns out, is the place where his daughter was murdered a few years ago.
God shows himself in human form to the man as a black woman and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are also portrayed in human form. The book attempts to display the relationship between the Trinity as well as God's relationship with man.
The book itself is very entertaining. It is a fairly original idea and the writer proves himself to be a pretty good writer. It's a little difficult to read at times, but overall, it's a good story.
Beyond that, his message has been interpreted by many different people as contradicting Christianity as a whole. While the message seems like an eye-opening look at our relationship with God, many Biblical scholars argue that it goes against Biblical teachings.
Much of the writing is basically fiction conversations that have no Biblicial backing. He shows Jesus saying a lot of things that he never said in the Bible. Therefore, how can you be sure that Jesus would teach this?
He even comes close to the new-age doctrine that "all roads lead to the Father". He says that Jesus has no interest in making people into Christians and that He will travel any road to find you.
While these statements could be true, they could easily be interpreted by young impressionable minds to go against the Bible.
Overall, this book is one of the more entertaining Christian fiction books out there, but I don't think it is ideal in it's theology. If you like to read merely for pleasure, go ahead and try it out. However, don't expect to learn anything that is going to change your life and the correct view of the Bible.