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The Shack by William Young: book review

April 29, 2010

What Is It?

Giving the feel of spiritual fantasy in real life; Mac, with the help of a buddy, sets out to document the time his youngest daughter fell pray to a serial killer and he was then invited back to the crime scene to spend a long weekend hanging out with the physical manifestation of the Holy Trinity…. “High Concept” is alive and well!

How Was It?
This inspirational Journey seems to even off the book shelf owned byMITCH ALBOM’s The Five People You Meet In Heaven. First time author William P. Young, isn’t going to wow you with his writing style but it’s not going to detract from the story either. (Take note Mrs. Stephanie Meyer)
The story is well detailed and the “just some guy trying to Jot down the details of an amazing experience” motif makes any lack of skill just a plot devise .

The beginning feels like you are being manipulated into liking or relating with this guy so that you will care about his interactions later. The fun thing is, it works.

When he does meet God, it smacks of “the magic minority” (where in a white centered story, the character in the ethnic minority emerges as the inspirational Yoda to cause the protagonist to have their self revelation.) God the son is literally Jesus, a nondescript Jewish man. the Holy Spirit is a mystical Japanese woman and because Mac has a problem relating to father figures, God the Father appears as a black woman named Papa. (Think “the Oracle” from the Matrix, though later in the book they seem to switch over and borrow from “Firefly“). This all “works” in the story but it’s because you are into the story and can gloss over he fact that God has been handed to you in the form of trite racial cliché. Dispute all this, most my criticism is in retrospect because this fun, interesting story informed by many devotional books and Christian rock and folk music, helps you put all that aside so you can just enjoy “hanging out” with the story.

Is It Good For Kids?
It’s reading level and straight forward attitude would make this a very assessable book for kids. (No problem if they are reading Twilight and Harry Potter.) I see two concerns for parents with the content.
First, the story has some harsh situations. Most notably is the abduction and murder of a little girl. Followed closely by the story of Mac’s childhood abuse at the hands of his Alcoholic and Christian father, whom Mac poisoned before he ran away from home as a child. It is all handled well without anything graphic and does not hold a candle to the violent and horrible acts presented in the Bible. Still it will be to much for some kids.
Then there is the fantasy vision of God but it is not couched in a fantasy world through the wardrobe. A fictional presentation of the real God could be confusing for some young people. (Of course it could also be confusing for some adults as well.)

What about spiritual issues?
The ultimate message of this book is that God is three in one, presented to the world in Jesus. God loves you, has forgiven your sins. Now that He has open the way, He wants to have a relationship with you.
I believe (from the Bible and my experience) that God is real and will have a real relationship with anyone who seeks or knocks. Therefore anything that points people to get to know God is a good thing because He will welcome them and He will reveal Himself to them in his love and his truth.

Beyond that, if taken as a fictional presentation of a real God, it is accurate to the Bible. I believe that there are some issues that are not dealt with in the book, or skirted around in a way that may make Christians uncomfortable, but it still does not constitute untruth.
Here are the four things that stood out to me:

  1. Jesus talks about how he is concerned with individuals not institutions. While all the assertions about putting your faith in Jesus not the government are true, it glazes over the fact that God chose rulers and directs affairs of state. It also seems to be down on Church in the same vain. It is down on the dead institution but wants vital fellowship between those in fellowship with God – thus asking for the church the way it was meant to be.
  2. There is a discussion of Hell and sending people there. The final word on this is that Hell is real and Jesus takes our place so we don’t have to go. The book also points out that not everyone chooses the relationship Jesus offer and thus fell the full effect of their sin. Beyond that it never tells us what becomes of those who die out side of a relationship with Jesus.Though it’s never even hinted at, I believe the description of Hell that would go best with this book is that God is not so cruel as to take some one, who has spent a lifetime avoiding a relationship with Him, now force them to spend eternity in relationship with the one they avoided in their life.
  3. Finally, (and this is very picky) there is a forth supernatural character who I think theological could have just been the holy spirit (and the story didn’t need another weirdo character to ponder over)

So, in conclusion, Spiritually, it’s packaging may give people concern, but the content is very conservative biblical information.

What Is your Recommendation?

If you like Christian booksSUCH AS The Purpose Driven Life, or spiritual books like “ The Five People You Meet In Heaven” or “Velvet Elvis” I’m sure you will enjoy this book. Beyond that it’s worth the  read to join into the conversation. As a best seller with a movie on the way, it’s a great book to have in your vocabulary when you talk to others about what it is like to have a relationship with Jesus.

The Shack

William P. Young

 

Though the book defiantly suggests Larry Norman and Bruce Cockburn, by the end, it made me want to listen to Rich Mullins and Sufjan Stevens… I think I will.

Only Visiting This Planet

Larry Norman

In The Falling Dark

Bruce Cockburn

A Liturgy, A Legacy & A Ragamuffin Band

Rich Mullins

Greetings from Michigan

Sufjan Stevens

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Kids Music for July and Beyond

June 30, 2009

Well, The last Car CD has been spinning on repeat in the Cruiser since March. Thus it was time for a new mix. Realising that my daughter knew nothing of our country’s heritage, this CD is very patriotic (as our latest trips to the Library have been as well.) So here is the “July Car CD” (that may last until October!)

My daughter like many types of music, but the Danielson Familie, Joy Electric, Soul Junk and Sandra Boyntn are her favorites. The Cutest Lil’ Dragon and “I Want This Beat” were Specific requests from the lady herself.


  1. Battle of New Orleans  

    Johnny Horton’s Greatest Hits

  2. Star Spangled Banner – Barber Shop Quartet Free Patriotic Songs

  3. American Skies – 

    America

    Havalina Rail Co.

  4. (They have a “thing” for giving music away – Check it out)


  5. Head Shoulders knees toes (as U2)

    Mother Goose Rocks! Volume 5

  6. Ephesians 6:1

  7. Cutest Lil’ Dragon 

    Tri-Danielson, Vol. 2

    Danielson Famile

  8. pi = 3.14159265

  9. Galatians 5:22


  10. Fireworks 

    Schoolhouse Rock!

  11. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag – John Wane – Free Patriotic Songs


  12. No More Kings 

    Schoolhouse Rock!


  13. Johnny Freedom 

    Johnny Horton’s Greatest Hits


  14. Here in America (The Music video was directed by Steve Taylor!)

    A Liturgy, A Legacy & A Ragamuffin Band

    Rich Mullins

  15. I’ve Got peace Like A River 

    You Are My Little Bird

    Elizabeth Mitchell

  16. This little Light of Mine as Sting 

    Mother Goose Rocks, Vol. 4

  17. Children, Obey Your Parents 

    The Word & Song Children’s Bible cd SET 


  18. The Modern Church Historical 


    The History of God and Man

    Paul Aldrich


  19. Tricycle 

    Fascinating Creatures

    Frances England

  20. Mr Buechner’s Dream

    Mr. Buechner’s Dream

    Daniel Amos

  21. Tom Bombadil 

    Lord of the Rings At Dawn in Rivendell

  22. Virse of the Ring

    Lord of the Rings At Dawn in Rivendell

  23. In the Hall of the Mountain King

  24. books of the Old Testament Song
  25. books of the  New Testament Song
  26. Psalm 1 

    1959

    Soul-Junk

  27. Psalm 11 

    1959

    Soul-Junk

  28. Psalm 27 

    The Audio Bible Drama. Audio Drama

    Faith comes by hearing


  29. Courage (Someday I’ll Be Heard), Psalms 27:14 

    Five Stars for Failure

    Joy Electric

  30. I want this Beat

    Motion Factory

    Zero

  31. Ill-M-I 

    1956

    Soul-Junk
    (tobyMac got it from THEM – but my Daughter just does not like his versions – This may be her favorite song)

  32. Psalm 7

    1959

    Soul-Junk

  33. The Gettysburg AddressJohnny Cash Free Patriotic Songs

  34. This Land Is Your Land – Woody GuthryFree Patriotic Songs


  35. Star Spangled Banner (live) – Sufjan Stevens

  36. old testement bible dance WTB – Amnesia CD – Old Testament

    Walk Thru the Old Testament

  37. Sweet to My Soul (White Hot Apostle Mix)

    1956

    Soul-Junk

 

Mix Music for the Very Young

April 19, 2009

I am a parent of children under the age of 3. Thus much of the “entertainment” I question is for them. There is a “kids book” post on its way, but for now… I make mix cds for them in the car. I want to use the cds to have fun in the car as well as exposing them to many stiles of music and giving them lyrics that are innocent to good for them. (Some times it’s just clips of things I think it would be fun if they started saying.) All while making sure it is nothing that will make me retch.

Thus it also ranges from kids music to “regular” music, so there may be something for everyone here.

This is the track listing of the disc that just went in the car:

Let us know what you think.

  1. Dragnet intro
  2. The Shortest Song in the Universe

    Rhinoceros Tap

    Sandra Boynton

  3. Joshua 24:15
     
  4. books of the Old Testament Song
  5. books of the  NewTestament Song
  6.  Gingerbread man by Tunebuggy
  7. klaatu barada nikto from

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

  8. The Cheese Rap
  9. Tiger by William Blake from

    Poetry Speaks to Children

  10.  William Blake by Erin Echo from

    When Worlds Collide: A Tribute to Daniel Amos
  11. Symphony No. 41 in C, 

    Baby Einstein 

  12. Gavotta. Non troppo allegro – Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  13. Barnyard Dance LISTEN

    Rhinoceros Tap

    Sandra Boynton

  14. Snuggle Puppy sung by Eric Stoltz LISTEN

    Philadelphia Chickens

    Sandra Boynton

  15. Lordy Child (Say ABBA) (Romans 8:15)

    1956 Soul Junk

  16. Books I like to read from

    Fascinating Creatures

    Frances England

  17. Frodo’s Song in Bree READ BY J.R.R. Tolkien! from

    Poetry Speaks to Children

  18. Elephant Swing by Beau Young from Wild Aninmalz
  19. Not much of a tail
  20.  Screen Door (Rich Mullins cover)

    Emperor’s New Band

    This Train

  21. Red Will Dye These Snows of Silver

    The Otherly Opus

    Joy Electric

  22.  Fur Elise, Woo 59 –

    Baby Beethoven

    Baby Einstein

  23. old testement bible dance WTB – Amnesia CD – Old Testament

    Walk Thru the Old Testament

  24. Gospel Bible Dance (This was a free MP3 down load. I am still trying to find the link again.)
  25.  Trust (Reprise) (Proverbs 3:4-6)
  26. Three Little Birds –

    You Are My Little Bird

    Elizabeth Mitchell

  27. But for You Who Fear My Name (Malachi 4:2)

    Welcome To The Welcome Wagon

    The Welcome Wagon

  28. Barve Strong Song

  29. Speed Turtle Brian Wilson LISTEN

  30. Blue Moo

    Sandra Boynton

  31. Conjunction Junction

    Schoolhouse Rock!

  32. The Four-Legged Zoo

    Schoolhouse Rock! 

  33. peoplego.mp3
    Moses: RAMESES!! LET MY PEOPLE GO!!

  34. may my toung be stuck up on the roof of my mouth (Colossians 2:20-22)

    1955

    1955

    Soul-Junk – 1955

  35. filled the hungry with good things

    Download MP3 from http://souljunk.com/

  36. What We Have Learned

    Veggie Tales