Whoops! I'm on vacation and the fact that it's Tuesday and I want to post something almost slipped right by me.
So ... this month we're talking about The Shack. Everybody's talking about The Shack ... good, bad and indifferent it's the latest craze. Ten weeks on the NYTimes
best seller list. TEN. It's crazy making that a book published by some little no-name publisher, written by who? is at the top of the New York Times Best. Seller. List. This is a book that started life as a bed time story. As some photo-copies. So ... in the words of Brian Eno, "How did we get here?"
How did this happen? That's where I'd like to start this discussion. There's a lot of people who want to say God did it. It's all God.
Some people say it's a really interesting viral marketing scheme (thanks, Drew).
What do you think? How did a little book that started life with such humble origins, get to such a place that Oprah is plugging it? That's my first question.
Second question for today/tonight ... Here are the links to two pretty balanced reviews of The Shack, written by people I respect. One by Bob Hyatt
, who had the opportunity to be interviewed on Oregon Public Radio with (William) Paul Young last week. The other by Ben Witherington
. Both reviews are very respectful and both men obviously read the book (unlike some other reviews we won't mention). What do you think of the reviews? How do you think these men handled the book overall? Specifics?