Tuesday, September 16, 2008
So I finally gave in and read it.
The book is worth reading, but with discernment (duh...). Anytime most of a book is quoting God, metaphor or not, there is sure to be error. But as Paul would say, "Test everything- let go of the bad and cling to the good. Avoid every kind of evil." (1 Thess. 5:21-22)
I could probably go on about what I didn't like about it. I won't. I already linked to some concerns I (still) share with Mark Driscoll about this book. But I think he goes way too far when he says you shouldn't read the book.
Now for some highlights for me...
- "Life takes a bit of time and a lot of relationship."
- Jesus is not good looking (Is. 53, "there was no beauty to attract us to him...")
- "Inside me? Not just some positional, theological thing?"Mack asks. Jesus responds, "[true spiritual life] requires that a very real, dynamic and active union exists."
- Mack's main problem is doubting the goodness of God.
- Regarding worry and the future- God lives in the present, not our imaginations about the future. So live in the now.
- Mack's experience is more real than this life. I've often thought about this- oh the foolishness of naturalism! There is a world unseen that has been and forever will be.
- "fears and lies become bigger in the dark- they are more a shadow than a reality. When light shines in you, you start to see them as they are."
- There was great insight into the question, "Do all paths lead to God?"... "I will travel any road to find people."
Overall, this challenged my view of God. I think I'm the better for having read it. But I would still rather let Isaiah 40-66, rather than The Shack, shape my understanding of God.