A Response to the Shack

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The book The Shack, by William Paul Young, addresses the topics of forgiveness, redemption, restoration, and a relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Young takes a unique perspective on how a husband and father, Mack Phillips, deals with a tragic loss and how he comes to find his faith once more. This book takes readers on an amazing weekend encounter with Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Jehovah. As the weekend progresses we see this broken man transform and heal with each passing page. Although the story is fiction and may not be theologically sound, in order to find truth in Mack’s road to forgiveness we must have an open mind to the Holy Trinity, blame, and the effects of dwelling on the past. The depiction of the Holy Trinity by the author is unorthodox at best, but not far from the truth. The first character we come in contact with is God the Father (Papa), portrayed by a large African American woman. Next we have the Holy Spirit (Sarayu) which appears to Mack as a small woman of possible Asian descent. Lastly, there is Jesus, seen as a Middle Eastern man in a manual laborers get up with a look about him that isn’t exactly atheistically pleasing, but altogether intriguing. Even though many would disagree, I like how Young gives us this fresh perspective on the three I don’t think that it should matter that God was depicted is in these forms. I am pretty sure that God, being the creator of all things, can and has revealed himself in any manner he chooses. In Exodus, chapter 3, God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. Seeing God as a burning bush seems more of a strange sight to me then as an African woman. We must remember we were created “in his image”. With all the misconceptions and perceptions we have of who God is we tend not to be receptive to him well. I consider that this form may have been the only way Mack would be able to receive

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