if you haven’t heard of this book, you will soon. william p. young’s manuscript (written as a christmas present for his children) found its way into the hands of a publisher with a marketing budget of only $300. in a little over a year’s time, the shack has been printed over a million times and has reached as high as number 8 on usa today’s best seller’s list.

the book has found its way into the church and is being discussed widely. some reviews are filled with praise, others are cautious.

blogger and author tim challies has noted that the response varies in the public forum.

Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of
Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver
says it “has the potential to do for our generation
what John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim Progress did for his,”

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary says, “This book includes undiluted heresy.”

 While singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith says
The Shack will leave you craving for the presence of God,
” Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle says,
“Regarding the Trinity, it’s actually heretical

in discussing this book or anything that brings with it controversy, we should seek to be discerning, like the bereans of acts 17- going to the scriptures as our ultimate guide. tim challies has done this in a booklet that explores the themes and possible dangers in this book. you can download it here, and if you agree with what he writes, you have his permission to print it out as many times as you want to give away.

 is this book the end of christianity? by no means, nor should we make anything out to be. christ said that “the gates of hell” would not prevail over his church.

should christians avoid, and condemn the book? not having read the book myself (only several reviews in favor and opposed to it) i can’t say. but what i can say is that we should not be scared of things like this. we should seek to give biblically informed responses to anything contrary to scriptures teaching- whether it comes from the content of a book/movie/song itself or someone’s response to it.