I have to tell ya'll, I am a little upset right now.
I just finished reading the book, The Shack, by WM Paul Young, and I am furious.
Not because he has God represented by a woman or anything (which is one of the biggest problems most people have with his book....that and all of the theology is screwy,) but because how he tricks his reader!
I'm all for clever authorship, but, when an author prefaces his book by saying that the story he is telling is a true story from his friend Mac, and that his friend Mac tries to remember all of the details as clearly as possible, but obviously, over time, details are lost, you tend to believe the author.
THEN, you read the whole book, and you finish and think "excellent story! weird theology. I wonder if I can find any info on the real details of the story!"
THEN you hop onto google and find a blog entry by (it appears to be) WM Paul Young himself, saying none of that story was true! And that he just wrote the book for his kids, to represent the sorrow and anguish he has gone through.
I feel foolish, and despite liking the story, I am not recommending it to anyone!
See what writing falsified information brings you? Bad publicity.
Seriously though, I'm not sure if any of that nonsense made sense, but I just want you to know that I definitely don't recommend this book. If you are looking for something to clear up issues you have with God and other theological issues, try the Bible, not some guys invented story of his time with God.
And if you meet anyone who has read it and recommends it, tell them that none of it is true and see how they react. Probably full of rage, because that is similar to how I was feeling when I started writing this. Hmmm, blogging IS really cathartic.
Also, I blame you Sam, for lending me your book. I am now writing sad faces in all of the pages.
On to read my next book, by a real author Mr. Clive Staples Lewis himself!