Yes, The Shack might be “dangerous” as some have remarked. In fact, it reminds me a little bit of Nemo’s dad in Finding Nemo in that way and how he desperately wanted to protect Nemo from everything that could possibly hurt him, realizing in the end that for the sake of the journey we must be willing to take a few risks—we might be called to face some sharks, take more than a few stings while en route, risk heartbreak, dive down deep into some of the darker corners of reality, and trust a crazy somebody who swears they know how to “speak whale”. Would God call us into our fears and pain? Could He be calling us to our own Shack?
Don’t get me wrong. It was a huge leap for me to try to understand God as what many have described as Oprah Winfrey (although for me it was Queen Latifah—much more respectable in my opinion). And there were other hurdles for me to overcome in the The Shack as well. But through it all I realized that maybe the truth is about more than facts; that maybe the facts don’t stand so well alone. Maybe the facts must work with story … both the story God is revealing through us and the Larger Story He is revealing at a macro level.