The Shack is a parable written for Christians who have been disappointed by God. If everything in your Christian life is peachy and things have gone exactly like you expected them to – do not read this book because it may make you huffy, like some of the reviewers on Amazon. If your Christian Experience has not gone perfectly – The Shack will get you over the ‘great sadness’.
The bigger things have not gone as expected, the more important it is that you read this book. The Shack is is a place where your daughter has been brutally murdered. Then God sends you an invitation to meet Him at the very same place.
God is totally not what you would expect. He is three people – Pappa, Jesus, and this flighty girl who is the Holy Spirit. You get to walk on water with Jesus, served breakfast by Pappa, and be teased by Sarayu (the Holy Spirit). For good measure, a beautiful lady judge, that represents Wisdom lectures you on judging. By the time the book is over, you have a renewed understanding of God’s immense love for you and a better understanding on why unexpected and bad things have happened to you. It replaces lies that you might believe with God’s truth.
It is also a very entertaining book. I agree with the blurb, by Eugene Peterson, on the cover that The Shack could do to this generation what Pilgrim’s Progress did for his – (but Pilgrim’s Progress is a little over-rated).