Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Shack and Other Books I Don't Have Enough Faith To Read
I will be honest, I have not read the book in its entirety, only bits and pieces of it. The reason I can not bring myself to read the book cover to cover is because personally, I do not feel I have enough faith to read this book as an objective Catholic; this is also the reason I stay away from books like The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. This post is not to tell people what they should or should not read; I leave that to each individuals good judgment.
The main reason for this post is to direct you to Fr. Robert Barron's review of this book. He gives an honest commentary on the positive and negative aspects of this book. I like the fact that he doesn't throw the baby out with the bath water. While he does recommend the book to Catholic; he puts it this way, "It's like watermelon; there is a lot of sweet stuff, but you have to spit out some seeds along the way." I love that analogy.
Who knows, maybe one day I will be able to read books like this and just spit out the seeds. In the meantime, you can head over to Word On Fire to listen to Fr. Barron's review. Click on the WOF/TV tab on the site to view Father's videos. While you are there, you can also listen to his continuing interview series with Mike Leonard and his questions to Father about the Catholic Faith.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.