The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


An unlikely invitation

Have you read The Shack'?

My parishioners asked me this, referring to The New York Times and Amazon best-selling book The Shack by William Paul Young. Fortunately a colleague had told me about it, and I had read the book.

It’s about a man, Mack, who’s suffered a great loss: His daughter was abducted and murdered. After years of blaming himself and God, Mack finds himself face to face with the Almighty—Father, Son and Spirit. They aren’t what he expects—and maybe not what we expect either.

Enough people love the book that we as a church need to sit up and take notice. Here’s an author who took on one of the most complex theological concepts, the Trinity, and made it into a book that people love reading and pass along to friends.

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