A few years back, a little book took the Christian (and non-Christian) world by storm. It was called The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. It recounts the story of a man who is invited by God Himself to visit Him in the place where his young daughter was brutally murdered.
God reveals Himself in some pretty unconventional ways, but, in the end, the man turns to God for salvation from his Great Sadness and finds redemption.
The book set off a fury of responses. Some positive, many negative. The biggest issue for most was the portrayal of God in feminine form. “Papa” (God the Father) is a large black woman and the Holy Spirit is also female.
When started reading The Shack Revisited, I was expecting some sort of unpacking of these ideas. A Good answer/critique as to why. Simply put, there was one brief mention of these things in passing, and no more. That was my biggest disappointment with the book, actually. But it redeemed itself in what it did address.Rather than being a response to or unpacking of the theology of The Shack, this book sought to show the Biblical evidence for the view of the trinity presented in the story.This idea of God being in family relationship with Himself from before the beginning of time. And it proves this theological idea in beautiful simplicity.
This is not a simple book by any means, though. This picture of the trinity has the potential to make people very uncomfortable. Most are used to seeing the trinity as an M & M or the various states of water. But as a family? It’s sort of scandalous.
With a devotion to biblical orthodoxy and an understanding of the history of Christian doctrine, Kruger is careful not to move into theological error regarding the trinity. He even mentions briefly some flawed views of the trinity and explains that the view presented in the Shack is not one of those. He is also clear that it is not a new or novel idea.
Overall, Revisited only occasionally mentions The Shack, preferring instead to reference it when a quote will suffice to show how the book portrays a theological idea. In fact, I would argue that the book should have had a different title and not been associated with The Shack in the manner that it was. But this does not take away from the fact that this is a wonderful, thought-provoking read and one that every Christian with a concern for having a proper view of God should at least consider.
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