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The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity…

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity (original 2008; udgave 2007)

af William P. Young

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Macks yngste datter forsvinder på en campingtur og bliver aldrig fundet. Fire år senere vender Mack tilbage til campingpladsen og møder i en hytte Gud, Jesus og Helligånden. Kærlige samtaler og guddommelige oplevelser får Mack til at ændre sit syn på godt og ondt og på eksistensen af Gud.
Titel:The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
Forfattere:William P. Young
Info:Windblown Media (2007), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 256 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Hytten : en roman af William P. Young (2008)

  1. 40
    Dinner with a Perfect Stranger af David Gregory (soflbooks)
    soflbooks: David Gregory's short story about a man who accepts a dinner invitation with Jesus is better written than The Shack and sticks to evangelical theology.
  2. 10
    Thrones For The Innocent af C. W. Kesting (Desmorph)
    Desmorph: Thrones for the Innocent is a stunning compliment to The Shack. It addresses the metaphysical mysteries of ontology and theology without preaching. Where The Shack speaks directly to and about God and the Christian Trinity; Thrones is both subliminal and aggressive. Thrones helped me deal with the frustration I felt in my own heart about the paradox of the existence of evil and and all-loving all-powerful Creator. Thrones is very spiritual and yet avoids struggling with the convolution of structured religion. it should raise some eyebrows as well as quiet some tortured hearts.… (mere)
  3. 10
    Rooms af James L. Rubart (paulstalder)
    paulstalder: ähnliche Handlung: Ein Mann kommt in ein Haus und kommt mit seiner Vergangenheit ins Reine
  4. 00
    Ekstremt højt & utrolig tæt på : roman af Jonathan Safran Foer (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: Another story of searching for meaning after personal tragedy and questioning why bad things happen.

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Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 2, 2021 |
wow, can't find the words to describe it, but a really good book about God.

thanks pops
  royragsdale | Sep 22, 2021 |
After his daughter's murder, a grieving father confronts God with desperate questions -- and finds unexpected answers. When Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter Missy is abducted during a family vacation, he remains hopeful that she'll return home. But then, he discovers evidence that she may have been brutally murdered in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note that's supposedly from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment, he arrives on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

My Review: I really didn't like this book at all. To me, it wasn't inspirational, just boring. ( )
  lrobe190 | Sep 5, 2021 |
"He looked up into the open rafters. 'I'm done, God,' he whispered. 'I can't do this anymore. I'm tired of trying to find you in all of this.'" (pg. 82)

William Young's The Shack made its way onto my radar because it was given as an example of successful self-publishing, but I decided to read it because of its compelling premise. Though I was wary of the dorky "Christian rock" vibe I got from it, the idea of a man confronting God in the disused shack where his young daughter was abducted and murdered was irresistible. It promised a dramatic confrontation that would tackle the age-old question: Where is God in a world of such pain and brutality? A question asked by a man with more right to know than anybody. That premise is surely, regardless of its source, to be considered literature.

So does it succeed? Yes and no, though more 'no' than 'yes'. I should state that I am not a practising Christian, nor have I ever been except in the broadest cultural sense. Therefore, the criticisms of the book that it is undogmatic or disrespectful to church teachings, perhaps even heretical, hold no weight with me. I am, however, interested in Christian theology and open to spiritual questions, and even though I am nowhere near the middle-America church-going audience that the book was targeting, I was keen to see what the book was about.

The Shack, however, doesn't have the bandwidth to answer its forbidding philosophical premise. It does create a few thought-provoking responses to 'where is God in a world of pain?', not least the argument that humans have free will and we create the pain in the world, including the murder of the man's young daughter, and that God then uses "every choice you make for the ultimate good and the most loving outcome" (pg. 127). Like lemonade out of lemons, the more cynical among you might be thinking (and the lemons are increasingly sour…), but despite some scepticism it's a legitimate interpretation of the world. A sort of Order Theory rather than Chaos Theory. A hurricane in China causes a butterfly to flap its wings, or something.

The Shack is at its best when it stays on topic with this dangerous philosophical dilemma posed by the murder of the young girl. The first part of the book is particularly affecting, as we share the father's anguish at the abduction, the police investigation and the heartbreaking acceptance that Missy, the beloved precocious girl, won't ever be coming home. When Mack, the father, approaches the titular shack with a loaded gun in his pocket, preparing to confront God, we share his visceral yet impotent hatred at this unspeakably cruel world.

From that point on, however, the book goes off the rails. Whereas up to this point it had been an agreeably benign story, sort of like a Hallmark adaptation of a Stephen King book, from here on in it starts to get a bit kooky. I was excited by the prospect of a dramatic standoff between a desperate Mack and a pensive, patient God wringing his hands, as they trade blows across a table in a grotty shack where a frightened little girl was murdered. Instead of a shack, however, what we wander into is a sort of Sunday School classroom hijacked by a New Age teacher.

God, you see, is a trinity in Christian teaching, and the God that Mack encounters in the shack is in fact three characters. God is a black woman who likes to bake. Jesus is (of course) an Arab carpenter making stuff in the back room, and popping his head around the corner every so often. The Holy Spirit is a small Asian woman who likes to collect tears in a jar. All speak with big smiles and exclamation marks and Mack responds with "Wow!" at the end of the didactic and undramatic passages of dialogue. Self-esteem and understanding the nature of the Trinity appear to be more important than the Gordian knot of a question that bad things happen to good people. The focus and energy dissipate.

It's not all bad though, and even in the narmy moments I still found plenty to interest me. The book's short and pacey enough, even in the didactic dialogue, to retain the reader's goodwill. The author, thank God, has a sense of humour about his story ("I can just see you scaring the living daylights out of some poor hiker," one of Mack's friends says before the trip to the isolated shack, "asking him if he's God and then demanding answers" (pg. 75)). His theological arguments are delivered honestly, not by sleight of hand.

However, as I said, the bandwidth isn't there to match the premise. The question is too weighty for a limited storyteller; though plot holes naturally emerge in a story that tries to tackle a personified God, a better dramatist would have found a more robust reason for God to invite Mack to the shack in the first place (or perhaps avoid the trap entirely by having Mack just go there and stumble into Him). Instead we have "this is special", that 'we don't normally do this' but Mack was hurting so much they just had to (pg. 114). Not only is this not consistent (why had God not appeared in person to anyone else who'd lost someone?), but the intervention doesn't track with this God's rationale for why Missy wasn't saved: 'we don't intervene'. It becomes even more peculiar when the events at the end only come about because God had intervened. And yet God also says he/she didn't intervene to save Missy "for purposes that you cannot possibly understand now" (pg. 224). The sense of what God's plan might be remains as obtuse as it was when we first opened the book.

Ultimately, though, I never went into The Shack expecting to find a satisfying answer to such a profound question, so I wasn't too disappointed when I didn't. It would have been rather a surprise if the unassuming Young had found something that countless generations of artists, novelists and philosophers had failed to discover, that he had an answer to a question that stymied Dostoevsky, Shakespeare and Kierkegaard.

Where I was disappointed, however, was in the story itself. The concept is remarkable, and I couldn't help but imagine (perhaps ungratefully) what a great writer or dramatist could do with this premise if he or she had thought of it first. Mack and God speaking across the table – something like Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited, though with a roaring and vulnerable actor like Liam Neeson. I mentioned the book as being like a Hallmark adaptation of a Stephen King story – but imagine what even a writer of the second-rank like King could do with this material. When I reached the final chapters of the book, and the pages returned to the narrator who frames the story, I half-expected it to be revealed that the narrator was Missy's killer, or that Willie was. Not as a cool but shallow plot-twist, you understand, but because such a framing, especially if revealed at the end of the journey, would have tied in brilliantly to the 'forgiveness' theme that emerges.

Then I realised that, ambitious as it is, the story was not going to be – and never had been – of that calibre. Certain moments of The Shack carry emotional weight – such as Mack's temporal meeting with the departed Missy near the waterfall ("she signed the words – 'love you'… Mack wept for joy" (pg. 169)) – but rarely any literary weight. Such moments show that whilst we can be touched by The Shack, we can never be fully grasped. ( )
1 stem MikeFutcher | May 29, 2021 |
Durante uma viagem de fim de semana, a filha mais nova de Mack Allen Phillips é raptada e evidências de que ela foi brutalmente assassinada são encontradas numa cabana abandonada. Após quatro anos vivendo numa tristeza profunda causada pela culpa e pela saudade da menina, Mack recebe um estranho bilhete, aparentemente escrito por Deus, convidando-o para voltar à cabana onde aconteceu a tragédia. Apesar de desconfiado, ele vai ao local do crime numa tarde de inverno e adentra passo a passo no cenário de seu mais terrível pesadelo. Mas o que ele encontra lá muda o seu destino para sempre.
  BolideBooks | May 15, 2021 |
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Young's too-weird-for-the-pulpit thoughts about how Adam's rib and the female uterus form a "circle of relationship" have the appeal of knobby heirloom-produce in a world where much religion arrives vacuum-packed. His theories—how to believe in Adam while supporting particle-physics research; why the Lord is OK with your preference for lewd funk more than staid church music—accomplish what mainstream faiths tend to fail at: connecting recondite doctrine to the tastes, rhythms, and mores of modern life. ... And though the novel, as a novel, is a sinner's distance from perfection, it's an eloquent reminder that, for those who give some faith and effort to the writing craft, there is, even today, the chance to touch and heal enough strangers to work a little miracle.
tilføjet af eromsted | RedigerSlate, Nathan Heller (Jun 3, 2010)
Would I recommend this book? No, I would not. It is full of theological problems as well as an irreverent and casual attitude toward God. Yes, there are nice things in it and people might even be helped by the book. But so what? There are some nice things in Mormonism, too. Should we encourage people to read the Book of Mormon because Mormonism might help someone feel better? Not at all.

Sadly, experience has shown me that most Christians aren't interested in biblical fidelity. No, I'm not talking about biblical nit-picking. I'm talking about fidelity to the revealed word of God to the point where we don't contradict what is plainly stated in scripture!

We Christians should regard the word of God as the final authority on all things, and any supposed accounts of actual occurrences should be compared to scripture, not our feelings, wants, and desires. In the case of The Shack, the book falls woefully short of scriptural truth in many important areas and has the strong ability to mislead people regarding God's nature, work, and plan for us.

Again, I do not recommend it.
Focusing on just three of the subjects William
Young discusses in The Shack, we’ve seen that
errors abound. He presents a false view of God
and one that may well be described as heretical. He downplays the importance and uniqueness of the Bible, subjugating it or making it equal to other forms of subjective revelation. He misrepresents redemption and salvation, opening the door to the possibility of salvation outside of the completed work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We are left with an unbiblical understanding of the persons and nature of God and of His work in this world.

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Macks yngste datter forsvinder på en campingtur og bliver aldrig fundet. Fire år senere vender Mack tilbage til campingpladsen og møder i en hytte Gud, Jesus og Helligånden. Kærlige samtaler og guddommelige oplevelser får Mack til at ændre sit syn på godt og ondt og på eksistensen af Gud.

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