So at the recommendation of a good friend and my husband, I finally read “The Shack.” So what did I think about it? Well, I really enjoyed it. It was kind of interesting the way it displayed the Trinity. The author must have done a lot of studying to develop the intimacy and details of the Father, Son and Spirit. The questions it brings up and answers (well, as much as we can understand as humans) was very intriguing. One of the hardest things for me to understand is how God can allow terrible things to happen to innocent children and “The Shack” has done a wonderful job of trying to help us understand these tragedies.
Apparently, there is some controversy because God the Father is cast in the role of a black woman. But I think that it’s perfect. The book even says it: why cast God into a role of an older, white man that would fit into man’s feeble stereotypes? It’s amazing that we, as Christians, think we have it all figured out because we have God’s Word, but the disciples didn’t get it when they walked and lived with Jesus. How can we think that we are any better than they were?
I love the part where Jesus talks about how it’s not about being a Christian (and laughs as he says he’s not a Christian), but it’s about the relationship. It’s not about a hierarchy of leadership, but about being on equal footing so we can share in each other’s lives and in Jesus’ life, not that we will ever be on the same level as God, but he bridged the gap between us and limited himself, so that he could relate to us.
Anyway, I really think everyone should read this book. Even if you don’t agree with everything presented theologically, it really gets you to think outside the box. Isn’t that what Jesus did with his followers? Got them to think outside the box?