Eugene Peterson saying in his glowing endorsement, “When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of “The Shack.” This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” did for his. It’s that good!” Could it really be that good? Is it good enough to warrant positive comparison to the English-language book that has been read more widely than any other save the Bible? Yes! It is really that good.
This book made the Trinity come alive, it explained forgiveness in such a profound and yet simple way, that I know I’ll never be the same. It paints a beautiful and divine picture of dealing with offense towards God. Which almost all of us experience at one level or another.
I read this book in about 5 hours and probably could have finished it sooner except for the tears I was trying to hold back. This book is a must read and will definitely reach those who’ve hardened their hearts towards God because of the pain of offense. I will be sharing this book with many.
There are a few critics of Young’s grasp of Theology. But he lists many great theologians as influences: C.S. Lewis, A.W. Tozer, Ravi Zacharius to name a few. This genre is “Theological Fiction” which is hard to know exactly what the author was intending because there are no footnotes or cross references. I wouldn’t use this book as a Theological Text book…there are a few points where I am not sure he and I agree completely. But as they say, “When you eat fish you expect a few bones…just spit’em out.”