There is no book that has receiving more buzz than “The Shack” this year (at least in Christian circles). I have read the book, and, in it, I saw the beauty of an emotional story that draws the reader towards a certain view of God mixed with some serious error. The danger comes when, emotionally involved, one openly reads and applies something as truth that may not neccessarily be so. Usually in a fiction book, theology is not so readily mixed, so it almost creates a new paradigm to “learn” through.
I know there are many hot sports opinions on all sides about this book. Tim Challies has posted a very thorough and readable review. It may take about 20 minutes of your time, but it is an educational read. No matter what you thought of this book or how it affected you, I think this is a discipline to learn about Biblical discernment through it. This will not be the last book that seriously seeks to redefine the image of God through fiction. We, as people of the word, have to train our minds to discern what is true and what is not.