So I finished reading Paul Young's "The Shack". Others have reviewed the book with more skill then I could muster (I'll suggest one review here), but I will offer a few thoughts.
First, I have a tendency to get engrossed in a good story. The writing at times is not as polished as some novels but I found the main character and his journey compelling enough to oversee them.
While I am still processing some of the things in the book I will say this, it made me think. The story, for me anyways, elicited even an emotional response. This is a book that has theology in it. Is God good? That is a theological question and it is the one that Mack struggles with throughout the story.
I'm not sure I agree with everything that is presented in the story. There was at least one thing that bothered me by it's absence, and that is the role of scripture in the book and in the life of the Christian. This is a book to provoke thought and introspection. I imagine it will help many to start to see more 'big picture' about God and free will.
I can recommend that you read the book (if you haven't already), but, while it is distinctly theological, in that it deals with questions of God, free will, evil and the relationships all the way around; I would recommend that you use the book as a springboard to fuel some digging into other sources for more complete answers to some of the questions raised.
I am, like many I know, sometimes skeptical of 'phenom' Christian books. I think there is some excellent stuff in here, some good thoughts, some good perspective, some excellent imagery and a (in my opinion) compelling narrative. Yet this book should not be a destination, if you take my meaning, it should be a springboard to search out these answers in the Scriptures themselves.