Millions have found their spiritual hunger satisfied by William P. Young's number-one New York Times best seller, The Shack - the story of a man lifted from the depths of despair through his life-altering encounter with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Now C. Baxter Kruger's The Shack Revisited guides readers into a deeper understanding of these three persons to help readers have a more profound connection with the core message of The Shack - that God is love.
An early fan of The Shack and a close friend to its author, Kruger shows why the novel has been enthusiastically embraced by so many Christians worldwide. In the words of William P. Young from the foreword to The Shack Revisited, "Baxter Kruger will stun readers with his unique cross of intellectual brilliance and creative genius as he takes them deeper into the wonder, worship, and possibility that is the world of The Shack."
©2012 C. Baxter Kruger (P)2012 Hachette
This book should be required reading before anyone criticizes the book "The Shack ". One may not agree with how the gospel message is presented in the Young's book but one will find themselves being hard-pressed to disagree with the presentation in this book.
While I believe you do not have to have read the book The Shack before reading this book it would do a world of good to put everything in proper context
When I first read "The Shack" in 2008, the Spirit whispered in my ear several times, but I was too broken at the time to know Her voice. This recent time was much different. Then Baxter, who is a master communicator, comes along and fills in the blanks - and more. I listened to this book twice and have decided to purchase a hard copy. Absolutely breathtaking.
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
I really enjoyed this book. Having read and enjoyed " The Shack "a few years ago I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised This book takes the ideas of the trinity presented in the shack and expounds on them, especially the role of The Holy Spirit in our lives. After listening to the audio I went out and purchase a hard copy of the book. I Highly Recommend The Shack Revisited.
I fell in love, in fact into love, with the Father, Son and Spirit afresh as I listened to the Shack Revisited.
The simplicity of devotion to Christ heard/felt in the voice of C. Baxter Kruger is compelling.
Comfortable Southern Storyteller with a depth of passion and knowledge.
Worth Multiple Listens!! Can't wait for Dr. Kruger's fiction novel Patmos coming out later this year.
I highly recommend this book. This is one you will want to (and need to read) more then once, possibly several times. What was right on was over the top exceptional. However C. Baxter Kruger's view of sin is not as clear to me as it could be. The part that is clear, the stressing of God's immense love, however is excellent and a desperately needed message for the church today. C. Baxter Kruger seems to stress God's love to the diminishing of God's glory as though God's desire for honor and His love for man are at odds with each other when he states on page 170, "We see the Lord putting aside all his rights to abstract judgement and punishment, and we see him more concerned about his lost and terrified creatures then he is about His honor." Possibly I am misunderstanding him but to me God's desire for His honor and condemning His being dishonored is precisely because He loves us. If He is the greatest of all beings then the belittling of Him is to our harm and destruction. Though God is not personally offended by our sin (Job, 35:6-8) He is grieved and angered by anything that prevents US from seeing, experiencing and enjoying His love. He's anger at sin is precisely BECAUSE He loves so deeply. God doesn't repeatedly tell us to glory Him out of vanity but out of a deep desire for us to experience Him in all his glory, majesty, power and love. If He is diminished or belittled in our eyes we lose, not Him. Exalting Gods glory is our greatest good...the belittling of his glory is our greatest harm. To condemn that belittling is for our benefit as well as his glory. His desire for His honor and His love for us are not at odds but go hand and hand. In short His highest honor is our greatest good and our greatest good is to see Him in all His honor and majesty. In fairness to C. Baxter Kruger I may be totally misreading him. He does hint at the above at points but it is not as clear as it could be. Either way I highly recommend this book. It is on my top 10 now of all time best theological works. Jim Deal.
Much of what Kruger talks about is also stressed in Jonathan Edwards work "The End for which God Created the World." Here's an excerpt from Edwards works that reminds me of Krugers book (in substance, not style). "As there is an infinite fullness of all possible good in God--a fullness of every perfection, of all excellency and beauty, and of infinite happiness--and as this fullness is capable of communication, (being spoken, displayed, or presented to another) or emanation ad extra; (Latin for "toward the outside" or "going out") so it seems a thing amiable [i.e., pleasant, admirable] and valuable in itself that this infinite fountain of good should send forth abundant streams. And as this is in itself excellent, so the disposition (inclination, motivation) to this in the Divine Being, must be looked upon as an excellent disposition. Such an emanation of good is, in some sense, a multiplication (or expansion) of it. So far as the stream may be looked upon as anything besides (or coming from) the fountain, so far it may be looked on as an increase of good. And if the fullness of good that is in the fountain is in itself excellent, the emanation, which is, as it were, an increase, repetition, or multiplication of it, is (also) excellent."Thus it is fit, since there is an infinite fountain of light and knowledge that this light should shine forth in beams of communicated knowledge and understanding; and, as there is an infinite fountain of holiness, moral excellence, and beauty, that so it should flow out in communicated holiness. And that, as there is an infinite fullness of joy and happiness, so these should have an emanation, and become a fountain flowing out in abundant streams, as beams from the sun. Thus it appears reasonable to suppose that it was God's last end that there might be a glorious and abundant emanation of his infinite fullness of good ad extra, or without himself; (to another) and that the disposition to communicate himself, or diffuse his own FULLNESS, was what moved him to create the world."The reason this reminds me of Kruger's book is like Edwards, he stresses the fullness of God and that God is moved to give not get because He already has all fullness in the community of the Trinity. And now He wishes to bring us in on the party. God finds joy in our joy. This concept of God finding joy in loving us is a powerful message of Krugers book.
The book did a great job of explaining the background story behind the story and addressing some of the theological issues that arose from the original book.
C. Baxter Kruger does an excellent job of Unpacking the Theology behind The Shack's making it very accessible to the layman
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