Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lies We Believe About God by Wm. Paul Young

Depending on how you responded to The Shack, Crossroads, and Eve, you will either resonate with this non-fiction book by Young or you will not dare to read it for fear of heresy.

I remember when The Shack came out and people either hated it for what they called false teaching, or they loved it because of the presentation of God interacting with a hurting father.

Me? I was more in the lines of, "eh there are good parts and some parts that I wasn't too sure on."

That was my feeling when reading this book. There were parts when I was nodding and thinking, "this is pretty good stuff" and then he would write something that felt like it took a sharp turn to the right or left and I was left thinking, "Why did you go and do that?"

There are some really good thoughts in this book about some bizarre and hurtful beliefs about God that people have adopted. Young does a fantastic job at going deep in this words and evoking depth without sounding like a college professor.

Then there are some serious questionable aspects to this book as well. It's almost like Young is toeing the line of what you typically think about God and then slightly pulling on the theology string to get people to ponder their held beliefs.

It is a good book to read and digest and discuss. So in that aspect, this is a good read. But I would add the warning that some of his conclusions are a bit off base for me.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Atria Books.

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