Burning Down 'The Shack': How the 'Christian' bestseller is deceiving millions

Burning Down 'The Shack': How the 'Christian' bestseller is deceiving millions

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by James B. De Young
     
 

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Millions have bought into the theology of Paul Young, whose book The Shack portrays God as a loving, black woman. Similar changes in appearance were given to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The story of pain and redemption then resonated with the public. But is Young's worldview important? Is his theology that big a deal? James De Young thinks so. In fact, it's

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Millions have bought into the theology of Paul Young, whose book The Shack portrays God as a loving, black woman. Similar changes in appearance were given to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The story of pain and redemption then resonated with the public. But is Young's worldview important? Is his theology that big a deal? James De Young thinks so. In fact, it's so important that he's written a compelling challenge to The Shack. In Burning Down the Shack, De Young manages to shed important light on the implications of Young's pluralistic faith, and provides readers with a gripping counter-balance to the popular little volume that's spent many weeks on the best-seller lists. Exploring the nature and character of God, from Scripture, De Young concludes that it is necessary to proceed carefully with The Shack, lest important truths be skewed and even jettisoned. Without being confrontational, De Young makes the case that dangers can lurk under the foundation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935071846
Publisher:
WND Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
756,695
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

James De Young is professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary, Portland, OR, where he has taught for thirty-four years, seeking to extend Christian values to the community of Portland. He has served as chairman of the Hermeneutics section within the Evangelical Theological Society and he's published several books.

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Burning Down 'The Shack': How the 'Christian' bestseller is deceiving millions 1.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why are you focused on God being a black woman? Do you even understand why God showed himself as that in the book? Instead of writing in conflict with ones book who has helped MANY come to salvation or return to God, write your own and keep focus on Gods goodness rather than judge.
Wende Corcoran More than 1 year ago
This author needs to look up the definition of 2 words: 1. FICTION -as in "The Shack" was fiction- and a great read 2. JUDGE- as in REAL Christians don't
ReadingReaper More than 1 year ago
phhhhhhh................. read the shack and believe it
Eric Wiggins More than 1 year ago
This author is angered and lost in the wrong way of potraying the Holy Trinity. Don't even bother to purchase or even read the sample of this book as it may fill you with anger of his vituperative deception of God.
AmeliaE7257 More than 1 year ago
Dont believe anything this guy say!
Alisha Carson More than 1 year ago
It is a fiction book, the only think this book accomplished was trying to run down a book thats not real. We are not decieved, unlike this author we realize the shack was fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both the author of the Shack, and Mr de Young have known each other for over 12 years. They have been friends, their families have been friends. Mr de Young wasn't bashing Mr Youn, just disagreeing with his Theology. As a Bible believing Christian I agree with Mr de Young. I know no one wants to believe they can go to hell but that dorsn't mean you can't. Better start reafing your Bible and find the truth. There is only ONE way to Heaven and that is through Christ Jesus.
clay-allen More than 1 year ago
is it possible that nobody knows what the word fiction means? the shack is a ficticious story, this is a real rebuttle to a ficticious story. the shack is heartwarming but only a story, burning down the shack is just a way to ride the wave, and make a buck. all the dan brown uproar was the same kind if 'fiction bashing' for profit. k
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All i can say without reading this book that supposedly debunks the FICTIONAL book, "The Shack", is to look at the fruit of "The Shack in my life. We are known by our fruit. Did "The Shack" bring even one person closer to knowing the love of God? Yes! It brought me there! I am a fruit of the intentions of the book. I now see God as a loving Father who knows me intimately and knows more of the whys and hows that my heart cant fully fathom. It settled some things in my heart without disparaging the character of God. It helped me understand a little more of His heart for his children. I, for one, am grateful for a book that tears down some of our religious mindset and shows us the true heart of our loving Father.
EdwardVayne More than 1 year ago
I am deeply sadenned when I think that someone would publicly announce such a foolish belief. This book was judgemental and particularly hateful. Those are two things that Christians specifically try not to be. The author of this book is very confused. Do not buy this book, as it is misleading and decepitive. I would not recommend this book to anyone!!!
JaneWD More than 1 year ago
There were so many people that were effected by this book, I understand one's faith believe me, but if someone is taking the gospel in the way that God shows them to share it and as long as people are reading the book and it is making them dig more into the bible to learn more for themselves, what could be so wrong with that.. Paul Young never said this was a factual book, but I showed you characteristics of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I was blown away by how close in truth this book was.. I cannot believe that people found fault with it. Pick on someone else, If you want to judge someone.. there is plenty to judge and pray about, just step out your door and look around.. should I say more? May God Open Your Mind and Heart.. God Bless.
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he wasted alot of time on this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God is really whether you believe in Him or not. The faith one possesses in God, you will never have. To believe without seeing...that's truth
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I may be young but that book is totally true. Who ever wtote the book is a person that has no life and just wants people to turn from God
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why bother reading the book if all your gonna do is argue about it? Your all putting the authors' purposes to waste! The Shack is a work of fiction. If some people chose to follow that, then let them. If they choose to just enjoy the book- wich we all should- then let them! No more disputes please!!!
J_Andries More than 1 year ago
Finally, a book that provides proof of the unbiblical statements and ideas of the popular book, "The Shack", by William P. Young. It is utterly frightening how many people, including pastors, have been deceived by "The Shack". The god of "The Shack" is NOT the God of the Bible. People who claim that "The Shack" brought them closer to God are being misdirected and decieved into believing in a false god. "Burning Down the Shack" compares the concepts and ideas of "The Shack" with the Bible. The author provides references to the Bible so you can you can verify every false idea and statement. "Burning Down the Shack" is not confrontational - it is simply an analysis that is backed by the Bible. It is a must read for everyone who has read "The Shack". While "The Shack" is a fictional work, it is clearly not being regarded as fiction. MANY people claim "The Shack" brought them closer to God, and this demonstrates "The Shack" is not simply being read as fiction. Quite honestly, even as a fictional book, "The Shack" is offensive to God, the Bible, and Christianity. I cannot stress enough that "Burning Down the Shack" is a must read book. The first few pages alone provides plenty of evidence of the many unbiblical statements, concepts and ideas that "The Shack" contains. The author, James B. De Young, is professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary, Portland, OR, where he has taught for thirty-four years.