Someone at church the other week, told me that he had read The Shack by William P Young. He sounded so enthusiastic and said, “You must read it.” So, as I am into reading as a writer at the moment I had a go. What a surprise. It is a work of fiction but includes a whole lot of theology dressed up as discussion. I don’t want to spoil it for you if you decide to read it, but let it be said that the Charismatic Process Theology described was one I recognised and empathised with immediately.
Then, I took a tour on the internet and discovered an amazing amount of web chatter. Lots very pro, and some vehemently against. What a fuss about something that can only encourage people to think about God and faith and the hard questions about suffering and redemption. Most interesting of all is the fact that it was originally a private publication, yet in the first year sold 1.7million copies. (Or so it is claimed.) Hodder and Stoughton have now taken it on in the UK, which says it all. I don’t go with the idea that it is equivalent to Pilgrim’s Progress, but it is certainly CS Lewis at his most playful.