My Review of the Movie “The Shack” | Roger E. OlsonWhen William Paul Young wrote "The Shack" in , it was intended to be a Christmas gift just for his family; a fictional story of one man's devastating loss, how his faith was shaken by the tragedy and his encounter with God while grieving. He never expected his self-published fiction to sell more than 22 million copies, be translated into more than 30 languages — or spark a national controversy over its unconventional theology. Ten years later, that controversy reignited when "The Shack" was released on film March 3. So what's causing such debate over a movie whose theme is forgiveness? Albert Mohler Jr.
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For Young, the story revolved around a middle-aged father of three, who loses his youngest daughter to murder and finds himself revisiting the crime scene at the invitation of God. While this story was fascinating to me in its exploration of the problem of evil and forgiveness on many levels, I filed it away as something akin to C. But I walked away wrestling with how I could better to forgive, and how personal a relationship God longs for with us. And, while I first read the novel at the request of others, I find myself asked personally and professionally to weigh in on what I think about the cinematic version of The Shack. So I did something I never do: I watched The Shack twice in three days, taking deliberate notes and mulling over the theology that the film proposes.
Have you noticed it? A batch of Christian-themed movies has passed quickly, mostly over movie screens in the last few years. Or the plethora of Left Behind movies?
This past weekend, the much-anticipated movie, "The Shack" was released. This movie was based on a bestselling book of the same name written by William Paul Young and published in In anticipation of the movie, I reread the book the week before it premiered. To my delight, the movie was equally as good as the book in my opinion. How often can you say that? Don't worry, this article will not have any spoilers because I'm not that mean. I highly encourage you to see it.
But few know about the story of William Paul Young, the author who wrote the novel, which was originally published in Read: Is God Black? Young was introduced to acute pain early on in his life. When he was only a year old, his parents moved from Canada to Papua New Guinea to work as missionaries. When he turned six in the early s, they sent him to boarding school, where he was molested by the Dani Tribe and older boys who attended his school. Increasingly, men are coming forward with their past experiences of sexual abuse at boarding schools. Many of those incidents occurred in the s and s.
The Shack is a novel by Canadian author William P. Young that was published in The novel was self-published but became a USA Today bestseller , having sold 1 million copies as of June 8, In it was awarded the "Diamond Award" for sales of over 10 million copies by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. The title of the book is a metaphor for "the house you build out of your own pain", as Young explained in a telephone interview. The novel is set in the American Northwest. The main character is Mackenzie Allen Phillips, a father of five called "Mack" by his family and friends.