Monday, February 09, 2009

The Shack

My new cleaner has almost finished her first shift. I know, but in the old days, there were a whole host of full-time servants here. I think I am quite restrained.

And you should try living in a shack like this.

O - you thought this was going to be about a certain book, did you? A little novel that makes God out to be like Guinan on STTNG? Right. Well, for those of you wondering about the latest must-read Christian publishing phenomenon (that doesn't have my name on the cover), Gary Smith puts his thoughts here. And for something at more of a remove, Ben Sternke on his blog has a recommendation for Michael Spence's one paragraph review of Roger Olson's 'Finding God in the Shack'."

Becky, my new cleaner, is still trying to find anything in this shack.

5 comments:

camillofan said...

How can something be the latest sensation in the evangelical publishing world (or whatever) and me not know about it? When did this book come out?

I am torn over whether to read it. On the one hand, it is a big hit, and I seldom touch those (The Purpose-Driven Anything, The Prayer of Jabez, Left Behind and its many spin-offs... all unread by me).

On the other hand, it is a book some conservatives disapprove of, and I'm always tempted to look at those (although even that aspect couldn't get me through a single Harry Potter book, not to mention The DaVinci Code).

I am such a rebel.

Marcus G said...

"Some conservatives" disapprove of everything, and thereby tempt all of us to behave badly in so many ways.

It just doesn't appeal to me. If you want to read a good contemporary novel with Christian themes, try one of Marilynne Robinson's. Modern literature at its best, with both Gilead and Home more than worth the work they demand of a reader.

the_exile said...

Well, I've read Gilead and The Shack and although I enjoyed Gilead and it is MUCH better written than The Shack, only the latter left me feeling challenged. The Shack is of its time and that time is now. I can't subscribe to either the extreme lovers' or the haters' views (this was my summary) but it will soften hearts and I think that is what many of us need.

That said - you nailed it with the Star Trek reference - Guinan is EXACTLY right!

Marcus G said...

You see, I have a degree in nailing things without actually having opened a page. 'Nuff said. 'Nuff read.

camillofan said...

Ever read any Frederick Buechner? Speaking of contemporary authors who write beautifully and treat themes that resonate with Christianity.