Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Shack revisited

I thought I was tired of hearing all the arguments for why I should or should not read "The Shack." I posted briefly about it a couple of months ago, after reading a pretty helpful review by Tim Challies. And over the summer have talked to countless people who have read it, all offering very strong arguments for why I should read it and why I should not read it.

On Friday, I listened to someone else talk about it. It was a sermon given by Michael Youssef, pastor at Church of the Apostles here in Atlanta, entitled "Uncovering the Shack." I was intrigued that he starting off by saying that this was only the 3rd time in 25 or 30 years of his preaching ministry that he interrupted a sermon series to cover a random topic. And it was clear over the entirety of the message that he was quite passionate about exposing some of the dangers of the book to his church, even though he knew he would probably be upsetting many.

To clarify, I still haven't read the book, and I don't plan to. That's because I could think of a thousand books that I would rather read for the literary quality or the theological sharpening. But I certainly don't condemn anyone who reads it and even likes it. My only hope with this post is to further encourage discernment.

Click here for the link to the sermon.


  1. your post that is.

  2. David,

    One of my fellow church members reviewed the book also. His review is about to pass Youseff's in views.

    You can find it here.

    I to have other books to read. I did find it easier to listen to the audio version though.

    Blessings from Atlanta,


  3. Anonymous11:15 AM

    like it...the book that is. more for the controversy than anything else.

    "I never read anything I agree with"

    -B.B. Warfield