I saw this link to Norman Geisler’s review of the Shack over at Apologetics 315. Geisler gives a pretty negative review of the Shack and seems to point at being heretical in many ways. I have to make two confessions: 1) I really enjoyed the Shack, it was funny, it was sad, it was moving and it was thought provoking and 2) I have recommended the book to many people and have even given out copies.
Does that mean that I disagree with Geisler’s analysis of the Shack? I include his review because I think he makes some good points. There are some theological concerns that people should be aware of. However, I think this is important, the Shack is Christian fiction and not a theology text book. If it was written as theology, we should indeed be concerned. I think that William Young in the context makes some very good points. He asks some questions that need to be asked. We might not agree with his answers, but he at least points us in the right direction toward wrestling with where God is in the midst of suffering. I believe that God is using the Shack in a mighty way to get people to reconsider God despite their suffering and disappointments. I will continue to recommend the book. But I will also be prepared to point out areas where the book is soft on biblical truth.