I have had an incredible number of responses to my earlier post
regarding The Shack
. If you have not looked at the comments, take a moment to read through them; they are very instructive.
Regardless of your opinion of the book, it has been a publishing phenomena! The author wrote the book initially for his family, but the message impacted them so greatly that they began to share it with their friends and the rest is history!
A self-published book with sales exceeding 5 million!
From the comments that post
received, it seems that many of you think one of the most significant reasons why the book connects with people has to do with the character and nature of God. One person commented how the book helped him or her connect with the personal nature of God: "It does open a person's mind to the personalness of God and how he really does care about the details of our lives, and how he orchestrates events for his purpose.
" I understood this comment to mean that God is approachable, understanding of our human condition, and sympathetic to our troubles. God is available and relational. Review the comments others have left, and see if you see the same recurring theme.
So what do you think? Is this the real reason why The Shack
connects with readers?