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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

My thoughts on books, stories, authors, and publishing

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The Clockwork Dagger
Beth Cato
Progress: 120/360 pages
The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here
James Gunn
The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever
James Gunn
The Road to Science Fiction 1
James Gunn
A Broken Christmas
Claire Ashgrove
The Ultra Thin Man
Patrick Swenson
Progress: 174/334 pages
The Broken Eye
Brent Weeks
The Dark Between the Stars
Kevin J. Anderson
Oath of Fealty
Elizabeth Moon
The Road to Science Fiction 2: From Wells to Heinlein
James Gunn

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity - Wm. Paul Young, Brad Cummings, Wayne Jacobsen First things first, this is NOT a Christian book. This book started out so well but devolved into a distortion of Biblical truth and a teacher of false theology. The view of God presented here may be the wishful thinking of the broad populace, but it is not the God present in the Bible as it claims to be. I was disappointed with this because the book had come highly recommended and was written by a missionary's son, but I couldn't finish it. The revisionism was just too offensive.

The story of the father dealing with guilt and loss is powerful, but it feels manipulative in the face of the false theology it starts selling. The one good thing is that the book does show that a personal relationship with God is possible, which many people don't understand. But we cannot form God in our image. We have to allow God to reveal himself to us.