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Redcatlady
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I've just ordered Karen Armstrong's book and expect it in soon.  Did anyone see her on NOW with Bill Moyers recently?

 

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Here is one set of discussion questions on the web for The Shack .
Here is another set, with some bits of discussion, posted by Jenny Reilly at the Salem United Methodist Church, Denver, NC.
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Here is a site with a review of The Shack by Derek Keefe in Christianity Today on-line magazine. Below is one of Keefe's comments that seems relevant as we start our discussion here:

 

"Yet in order to give a work a fair hearing, we have an obligation to engage it on its own terms. A 'good faith' reading of The Shack involves, among other things, attending to Young's reasons for writing, his intended audience, and its particular literary form. "

 

There are additional links to other reviews at the end of his article, including a US News Report story.

 

I learned about this review via study guides offered by The Thoughtful Christian. As far as I can tell, the guides are only available for a fee that allows their use for a study group.  I will say, however, that, with a quick review of them this afternoon, they each seem pretty well written in a balanced and fair sort of way.  The description below of one seems fair and appropriate; the other summarizes the book itself for someone wanting to know about all the fuss but unwilling or unable to make the investment in time to read the book itself.

 

 

"This study is the result of requests from Christians who would like to use the book as a jumping off point to examine their own understanding of and relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; from Christians who would like to refute the theology presented in The Shack; and from Christians who would rather not read the book, but would like to know enough about it to respond to its overwhelming presence."

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Peppermill wrote:

Here is a site with a review of The Shack by Derek Keefe in Christianity Today on-line magazine. Below is one of Keefe's comments that seems relevant as we start our discussion here:

 

"Yet in order to give a work a fair hearing, we have an obligation to engage it on its own terms. A 'good faith' reading of The Shack involves, among other things, attending to Young's reasons for writing, his intended audience, and its particular literary form. "


I agree.  I was surprised to learn from the book's website, theshackbook.com, after I had completed the book, that according to the author, "The Shack was a story written for my six children, with no thought or intention to publish.  It is as much a surprise to me as to anyone else that I am now an ‘author’."

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As Karen Armstrong is a former nun, folks here might like to listen to the BBC Radio 4 broadcast about why some British nuns left their orders following the Vatican Reform in 1965, which forced some of them to abandon a life of seclusion.
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...and from Christians who would rather not read the book, but would like to know enough about it to respond to its overwhelming presence."

 

What does this mean P?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peppermill wrote:

Here is a site with a review of The Shack by Derek Keefe in Christianity Today on-line magazine. Below is one of Keefe's comments that seems relevant as we start our discussion here:

 

"Yet in order to give a work a fair hearing, we have an obligation to engage it on its own terms. A 'good faith' reading of The Shack involves, among other things, attending to Young's reasons for writing, his intended audience, and its particular literary form. "

 

There are additional links to other reviews at the end of his article, including a US News Report story.

 

I learned about this review via study guides offered by The Thoughtful Christian. As far as I can tell, the guides are only available for a fee that allows their use for a study group.  I will say, however, that, with a quick review of them this afternoon, they each seem pretty well written in a balanced and fair sort of way.  The description below of one seems fair and appropriate; the other summarizes the book itself for someone wanting to know about all the fuss but unwilling or unable to make the investment in time to read the book itself.

 

 

"This study is the result of requests from Christians who would like to use the book as a jumping off point to examine their own understanding of and relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; from Christians who would like to refute the theology presented in The Shack; and from Christians who would rather not read the book, but would like to know enough about it to respond to its overwhelming presence."


 

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Choisya -- short answer -- its long and unexpected best seller status.  But also because The Shack seems to be being very widely discussed -- often by people who are moved by it or by people who disagree strongly with it.  This particular guide (from The Thoughtful Christian) does seem to take the middle ground more than some other things I have seen or even the reviews that are linked at the end of Derek Keefe's article.

Choisya wrote:

...and from Christians who would rather not read the book, but would like to know enough about it to respond to its overwhelming presence."

 

What does this mean P?

 


Peppermill wrote:

Here is a site with a review of The Shack by Derek Keefe in Christianity Today on-line magazine. Below is one of Keefe's comments that seems relevant as we start our discussion here:

 

"Yet in order to give a work a fair hearing, we have an obligation to engage it on its own terms. A 'good faith' reading of The Shack involves, among other things, attending to Young's reasons for writing, his intended audience, and its particular literary form. "

 

There are additional links to other reviews at the end of his article, including a US News Report story.

 

I learned about this review via study guides offered by The Thoughtful Christian. As far as I can tell, the guides are only available for a fee that allows their use for a study group.  I will say, however, that, with a quick review of them this afternoon, they each seem pretty well written in a balanced and fair sort of way.  The description below of one seems fair and appropriate; the other summarizes the book itself for someone wanting to know about all the fuss but unwilling or unable to make the investment in time to read the book itself.

 

 

"This study is the result of requests from Christians who would like to use the book as a jumping off point to examine their own understanding of and relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; from Christians who would like to refute the theology presented in The Shack; and from Christians who would rather not read the book, but would like to know enough about it to respond to its overwhelming presence."



"Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here." -- Leo Tolstoy