As of this writing I have read The Shack and am currently reading Baxter Kruger's book, The Shack Revisited. Overall I liked the book. At least certain aspects of it. I went into reading it understanding that the book uses metaphor exclusively. Lots of symbolism going on and frankly it was fun exploring some of the themes of the book.
I'm still really processing all I've read so far. Next I'm reading a book by Randall Rouser. After that, a few books by critics. All waiting for me on my kindle. I'd better get at it. ;)
Wow. I'm that complicated?? I think I'm a very simple person.
This is what I meant and I only go on about this because I hope you understand me a little better for the future.
I read The Shack. English was my major. I know about themes, symbolism, and all that stuff. Maybe I've forgotten some of it. Who knows. My brother reviews movies and music. We used to talk about movies all the time.
I don't need to go to google to find out about a book or movie I've seen. I can decipher it all on my own. Plus, if I wanted to know what OTHERS thought about it, I could have googled it on my own without being supplied a link.
What I meant is that I was interested in what WE HERE ON THIS FORUM thought about it. Why would some think that God was female for instance??
You see. There was no sacrcasm involved.
I say what I mean.
No need to guess.
Oh because of bias.if I came from a jw background and I do.the first thing I need to know is the nature of God accurately and that isn't hard.I was hardcore antitrinitarian.imagery means something.if bodily appearence means little why not call God adonis? Bezelebub?
The word el simply means god.yet words and in this case images convey meaning.
Both mormon,and jw teach forgiveness, I can argue that Jesus need not to have died on the cross but a stake.a jw teaching and they teach nearly the same. One must believe he died,rose and be baptized their way to be allowed into the millenial kingdom.
I think one of the most startling revelations about the book is the fluid and constant unity between the three characters used to exemplify the oneness of the Trinity. There is no time that one is operating on their own without the complete awareness and agreement of the rest. And anytime Mack spoke with one, the others received his needs and meanings equally and instantly..... actually, even beforehand.
Seems I remember another more recent thread about this movie, but this is the most recent one I found in my search. I watched this would our 16 year old daughter last night, and I was surprised how much I loved it. I remember being concerned with some aspects of the book, so I went into it prepared to pause it and talk to her about some things along the way. But I never wanted to pause it! And I'm sure our teenage daughter preferred not to stop and get a lecture throughout it.
Sure, there are some missing pieces of the Law and the Gospel, but as far as Hollywood goes, we'll never see everything we want. The perfect film to some here would be theologically offensive to others.
This was a well done film with a deep focus on the Triune God. Some do not appreciate how the Trinity was portayed, but what are they holding out for? We clamor for faith-based films with wholesome values, and then many believers denounce them when they don't align perfectly with their theology.
I'll finish reading the book eventually. But as I understand it the author recently published another book that revealed some off-base doctrinal teachings. Still, if you know true teaching, false teaching should be fairly easy to pick out, I assume. It won't deter me from reading the book anyway, but I might be more wary than I would be otherwise.
After reading The Shack, I read "Finding God In The Shack" by Randal Rouser. This book, by Rouser, is the one to read. Really digs deep into the theological ideas from the Shack and I loved Randal's book. It made me appreciate The Shack all the more.
I've not read the most recent book by The Shack author.