'Shack' makes debut at the theaters
From the pages of a best-seller to the big screen has taken nearly 10 years for the writer of The Shack, but this weekend that milestone has become a reality.
The Shack was written originally for a handful of friends as a Christmas gift by William Paul Young and printed at Office Depot. But when his friends and family read it, they insisted he Young needed to publish it. After over 20 rejections, a small publisher friend and former pastor decided to publish the book themselves. With $300 and a lot of word of mouth advertising, the rest is history. Over 20,000,000 copies have been reportedly sold and this weekend the theologically controversial book is being released as a movie.
The book has been met with a lot of controversy over the years, some love it, some call it heretical.
Boundless.org reports, "Where Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver says it "has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's The Pilgrim Progress did for his," Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says, "This book includes undiluted heresy." While singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith says "The Shack will leave you craving for the presence of God," Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle says, "Regarding the Trinity, it's actually heretical.'"
The movie likewise has been met with some resistance by those looking at the movie from a purely theological viewpoint. It misses the mark from many perspectives as a theological masterpiece, but from the viewpoint of storytelling and sharing the spiritual journey of one man, it is both inspiring and uplifting and offers key themes of redemption and healing. So if you are going to watch it, know that ahead of time. You'll need to pick out the meat and spit out the bones. Don't base any theology on the film, especially as it relates to understanding the Godhead.
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.