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Subject: Have you read The Shack?
Date Posted: 11/11/2009 1:12 PM ET
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I'm a little over halfway through and am having a hard time "getting" alot of the messages I'm sure I should be getting from it.

If you've read it, what did you think of it and did you understand it easily enough? Maybe I have to finish it all to look back and have that aha moment?

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 3:33 PM ET
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Maurine,

I read The Shack about a year ago and had mixed feelings about it. There is a lot of underlying theology - some of it is biblically accurate, some of it isn't. I came away from it feeling encouraged that there is purpose in all that happens to us, and despite our poor choices God still loves us. The representation of the Holy Spirit in the book, and the idea that God is a woman, is not biblical. It was aspects such as those that made me dislike the novel. I think some of that theology is misleading.

I definitely suggest finishing the book, and maybe rereading it will help you better understand some of the underlying messages.

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts once you finish it.

Check out this link. I thought it was helpful. http://arminiantoday.blogspot.com/2008/07/book-review-shack.html

Date Posted: 11/20/2009 12:45 PM ET
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There have been several threads on this, in the last few months; some got quite long. I was totally bored with it; did not appreciate the constant proscelytizing. If you are active in a mainstream Christian denomination, you might like it, or you might be horrified with it, because it takes some different views of things (like making God an older black woman) . If you're not particularly religious/church active, I don't think you'd find it very interesting. I know several people who said it kicked off a lot of discussion in their church groups.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 1:27 PM ET
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I read this last summer.  I thought the characters were one-dimensional stereotypes.  I also didn't "get" the concepts.  Just my opinion - I know a lot of people who really loved it.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 2:25 PM ET
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It wasn't terrible but too farfetched to relate to reality. Would not read it again but I know a lot of people that would.

Subject: The Shack
Date Posted: 7/24/2010 9:12 PM ET
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I read The Shack and struggled to finish the book. The concepts were a little too far from reality. But I do know a lot of

people who love the book.

Date Posted: 8/5/2010 6:01 PM ET
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I didn't like it at all. I didn't really get it.

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 8/14/2010 12:16 AM ET
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I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON THAT DID NOT ENJOY "THE SHACK." GLAD TO KNOW THAT I AM NOT WEIRD.

MARY

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 4:38 PM ET
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Got about half-way into it without getting "into it" and never picked it up again.

-RD

Date Posted: 8/19/2010 1:03 AM ET
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"I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON THAT DID NOT ENJOY "THE SHACK." GLAD TO KNOW THAT I AM NOT WEIRD."

LOL Mary no you were not the only one who did not enjoy The Shack. This book has actually has a thread in another discussion forum that started fights when people doged it though so I think most of us who didn't enjoy it kept to ourselves after that.I personally hated the book from start to finish. I hated the fact that the author used the horrible death of a child to create some wierd mental breakdown world.

If you are not enjoying the book halfway through it I say pitch it. I personally finished the whole book and really hated the fact that I didn't throw it in the trash halfway through. But hey thats just me.

Date Posted: 8/29/2010 11:46 AM ET
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I struggled through this book also . . . I did not feel the writing was very good and many elements were often contradictory. I am in the process of reading the bible from beginning to end and am enjoying/understanding that far better than this novel.