THE SHACK WILLIAM P YOUNG EBOOK
After his daughter's murder, a grieving father confronts God with desperate questions -- and finds unexpected answers -- in this riveting and deeply moving #1 NYT bestseller. When Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter Missy is abducted during a family vacation, he remains. Editorial Reviews. Review. What's most amazing about the whole story is that a Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Religion & Spirituality WM. Paul Young. Editorial Reviews. Review. "When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian Buy a Kindle Kindle eBooks Kindle Unlimited Prime Reading Best Sellers & More Kindle Book Deals Free Reading Apps Kindle Singles.
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Read "The Shack" by William P. Young available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. After his daughter's murder, a grieving. Read "The Shack Reflections for Every Day of the Year" by Wm. Paul Young available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. William P. Young .. I'll be at the shack next weekend if you want to get He purposely thought about the shack as little as possible and even when he did his.
Mack believes that God has toyed with him and questions whether there is any good in following God at all. And this raises the issue that the novel is, undeniably, a work of fiction. The author would never have his readers believe that the events of this story actually occurred. Some would argue that because this is a work of fiction, there is some room for imagination and license.
It is meant to impact the way the reader thinks about God, about love and about life. It is not a book that was written only to share a story, but to share theology.
But certain disturbing themes recur throughout the narrative, making it clear that Young is intentionally writing the fiction of the emerging church, with its disdain for doctrine, creeds, institutional religion, the church, and authority. All of these elements, which require organization, order, authority, and submission to that authority, are the things Young objects to when Jesus tells Mack that the church is simply about relationships and sharing life.
For Young, the church is nothing unique; we have relationships and share life with coworkers at our jobs, with our hairdresser, daycare providers, and psychologists. Scriptural Authority Early in the novel, before Mack even meets the Trinity at the shack, we learn that he doubts the authority of Scripture.
Nobody wanted God in a box, just in a book. Especially an expensive one bound in leather with gilt edges, or was that guilt edges? Mack resolves his bitterness and anger against God not as he reads the Scriptures and comes to greater understanding and not as he hears the Word preached, but rather as he directly communicates with the Trinity at the shack.
Authority In fact, Young seems to take issue with anything that suggests a hierarchy, that a person is obligated to submit himself to another authority, and even denies that there is submission among the members of the Trinity.
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It is clear from many passages of Scripture that the members of the Godhead have distinct functions. He comforts them by telling them that the Father is sending the Holy Spirit in His name v. Jesus tells His disciples that He obeys the Father ; The three work together in harmony; there is no hint of resentment among the Trinity. Hierarchy is part of the character of God Himself.
Young, however, contradicts this truth and suggests that the idea of hierarchy is only a crazy notion of the human race. A Distortion of God In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. Young creates a god not to be worshiped; this is a god to pal around with, one who is a little bit smarter and nicer than most humans—one who bakes well, stargazes, gets careless and spills pancake batter, and at times is just plain silly.
What Young has done in this novel is to create a god in his own image, a god who appeals to him and who at times resembles the God of Scripture but in the end is a far cry from the great I AM who revealed Himself to Moses and Isaiah. Young has portrayed a god who becomes what we want him or her to be. Many critics have rightly criticized Young for portraying God as a female.
Obviously, in Scripture, when God speaks of himself, He speaks of himself in masculine terms, and so ought we to speak of Him. But more to the point for Young, it seems, than making a statement about feminizing God is a need to depict God in a way that becomes palatable to those who have father issues. He changes us so that we can see Him as He truly is. If God changed His nature, He would cease to be God.
When Mack verbally attacks Papa, suggesting that God is not worthy of his trust, he brings Papa to tears, who is sad because of the great gulf that exists between the two of them p. Mack snaps at God in anger p. For Mack, God is not transcendent. The following are some of the more obvious untruths regarding God represented in The Shack. He could see a deep sadness in her eyes. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside.
God the Father suffered on the cross, a form of an ancient heresy called patripassionism. There is no distinction among the members of the Trinity and there is no authority or submission among the members of the Godhead. We also chose to embrace all the limitations that this entailed. These are some of the major, more obvious errors in the novel. Discerning readers will find many more errors that they will object to. For those who believe that we can know God only as He has revealed Himself to us in His Word, this novel should be difficult reading.
The great tragedy of this novel is that undiscerning readers, moved by the plotline, think that they are coming to a greater understanding of God and the Scriptures, when in fact they are coming to a greater understanding of Young and the god he has created.
If we want to know the truth about a historical figure, we turn to the best source about the person. Imagine this scenario: A novelist writes a story about George Washington. How foolish will this student appear to his advisors when he presents his findings!
Topics and Questions for Discussion 1. In Eve, we become witnesses with Lilly to a retelling of the Creation story that challenges centuries-old theological interpretations and cultural assumptions. What presuppositions and interpretations did you bring to this story?
How did this affect your reading of the novel? Eve sets up the woman as the hero of the story, saving Adam from himself and a life of loneliness and damnation. Discuss how this shift affects your view on gender issues?
Does this story bring relief or confusion to your understanding of your self and your gender? In the traditional interpretation of the story of creation, women are seen weak-willed and not trustworthy.
The rational is that since Eve was deceived, and by this deception sin entered the world, women are susceptible to all kinds of malfeasance. Women—how have you experienced this? Men—how have you fallen into this or resisted this way of thinking? As Lilly journeys through physical healing at the Refuge and witnessing creation with Mother Eve, her own story and pain comes to light and spiritual and emotional healing begins.
Where do you need to find healing? I know God!
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Once you know someone, believing is no longer a concern. What do you believe about God, yourself, this world? What do you know about them? God exists in three persons who experience each other face-to-face, that is, they are in constant relationship with each other.
We were created to experience the same triune relationship with God and with each other. Yet so often we turn from the face of God or the face of others. In the novel, John states that when we do, we cast a shadow that we live in, as long as we remain turned away from the other. What is it like when you are living face-to-face with God and other? What happens in your life when you turn away? What about us as a people and a culture make it so easy to feel alone? How can you overcome this isolation?
How can you help others do the same? Creation did not last long in its perfect state. Man and woman turned from God and pain and suffering entered the world.
Our struggle to repair relationship with God and each other is essential work in restoring creation. It is part of healing the damage.
Do you see the need for restoration and healing in your life? If so, where? After Adam and Eve turned from God, they each looked to something other than God to find their significance.
Adam tried to fill that void with work, Eve with Adam. This curse has followed us to this day. How does this affect you? Where do you search for meaning apart from God?
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Where do you struggle with significance? Lilly finds herself in danger throughout this story—left for dead by the traffickers, bitten by the serpent, poisoned by the mirror—yet it is the loss of hope that is the greatest peril.
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