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The Shack Revisited

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Read a respected theologians thoughts on the best-selling Christian fiction book of the decade, ‘The Shack’ in this fascinating book – ‘The Shack Revisited’.

The incredible success of ‘The Shack’ saw unprecedented sales and thousands of people seeking answers to the books mysterious Christian spirituality. Everyone read it. Everyone had something to say. Everyone wanted to know more. Now C. Baxter Kruger, a well-respected theologian, wants to have his say. ‘The Shack Revisited’ takes you back to that rickety house in the middle of no-where to study the theology behind the story.

The book covers:
•    Questions people asked about the Trinity
•    Questions people asked about the nature of God
•    Questions people asked about God’s relationship with us.

Love it or hate it, ‘The Shack’ stirred up a global debate about Christianity. Deeply theological and highly engaging, this book dives into the mystical world of ‘The Shack’ and adds to the heated debate.

About the Author

C. BAXTER KRUGER, Ph.D. is a Trinitarian scholar and the Director of Perichoresis Ministries, a ministry dedicated to the recovery of the gospel of the Triune God. He has degrees in political science, psychology and his Doctor of Philosophy from Kings College, Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the author of seven books published by his ministry and teaches around the world.

The Shack Revisited by C.Baxter Kruger was published by Hodder & Stoughton in October 2012 and is our 12818th best seller. The ISBN for The Shack Revisited is 9781444745825.

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I loved reading The Shack and am interested in reading the Shack Revisited, but am worried as it is written by a theologian and thinking it may be hard going as i prefer simpllistic words that are easy to understand (i have not been to university or anything like that and don't understand long words).

please can you tell me if this author has been able to write the book in a similar way to The Shack?



A:Hi, Mary. Thanks for your question about The Shack Revisited. This is a very readable book written with a simplicity that anyone who read and loved the Shack will be able to read, understand and benefit from. The book retells most of the Shack as it goes along, and simplifies the story, telling you what is going on and what Mack feels and finds in his meetings with William P Young's Trinity. The writer includes other stories and links what happens in the Shack to stories and ideas found in the Bible. There is no deep or difficult theology. The author, C Baxter Kruger, simply tells you what Young is trying to say about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and all in plain words - you don't need a degree to get what he's saying, though he does us a lot of American style figures of speech, but nothing you wouldn't understand. His explanation of the original book is simple. His summing up of what the Shack teaches us comes down to: "... The astonishing embrace enfolding him [Mack] is the truth about Jesus. We are known, loved and delighted in by the Father, Son and Spirit, just as we are - whether believe in God or not. The truth is we have already been embraced by Jesus papa and the Spirit. That is what the coming of Jesus is all about..." If that makes sense to you, then you'll understand the rest of The Shack Revisited. Yours, Les

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Publisher's Description

Paul Young's 2008 novel 'The Shack' was a publishing phenomenon all over the world. Now respected theologian C. Baxter Kruger enlarges and articulates more fully the vision that Paul Young created in 'The Shack'. An exploration of the Trinity, the nature of God and our relationship to him, this book picks up where THE SHACK left off, and answers many readers' questions.

"If you want to understand better the perspectives and theology that frame 'The Shack', this book is for you." - Paul Young, author of 'The Shack'.


“Hi, my name is Paul Young and I’m the author of The Shack. Since the Shack has come out there’s been a number of books – some of them really terrible, and some of them quite good with regard to The Shack. But there is a book coming out that I’m very excited about. It’s the best presentation of the framework of theology – thinking about God, and the conversation about God, that takes The Shack and uses it as a window an accessible way to see the things that matter to us as human beings. This book is by Baxter Kruger – I had the honour of writing the foreword to it, and being involved in the conversations in regard it. I just love this book, I love the way it presents the things that matter. I would highly encourage you, if you want to be involved more in this conversation, the book is called The Shack Revisited, and it’s by Baxter Kruger.”


"In 'The Shack Revisited' C Baxter Kruger takes Young's best selling novel and guides you through what it says about God: who he is, what he's like, and what kind of relationship he wants with us. Revealing a God of love, mercy and restoration, the 'The Shack' is carefully take apart, inspected and rebuilt into a welcoming home for those weary of a theology of guilt, shame and punishment."



"For those familiar with the various theological positions on divine election, Kruger's view will seem to have much in common with Karl Barth's view of Universal Election in Christ, and Barth's Church Dogmatics."

"This book gives a great perspective on our relationship with God and each other. God is less interested in doctrine and theology than relationships and ultimately, our personal relationship with him."

"Is God the Father a dark and moody God who hides behind the back of Jesus, the One who loves us? Baxter Kruger sweeps all this nonsense away. He [Kruger] quickly and clearly shows that God is love and that all that God has ever done is out of love. Kruger then shows why Jesus died on the Cross, with a much more satisfying - and more biblical - explanation of what Jesus achieved at Calvary."


It won’t take you much time browsing the web to find someone somewhere whose written something about The Shack. Some writers love it, probably just as many loath it. Some think it opens a door or Christian spirituality, some think it’s about as close to heretical as you can get. And of course some think it goes beyond even that. Whatever your view, millions do claim to have found their spiritual hunger satisfied by William P. Young's number 1 New York Times bestseller.

If you haven’t read it yet, The Shack is the story of a man lifted from the depths of despair through his life-altering encounter with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Author Wm Paul Young presents the three figures of the Trinity in new and fascinating characterisations. Not to everyone’s taste, God as Father is presented as an African American woman addressed as Papa. God as Spirit appears as the ethereal Sarayu, and as Christ the Son in the person of a middle-eastern man. It was this blend of theology and fiction that captivated millions and set the world of Christian and non-Christian literature buzzing with talk and debate.

Now, an early fan of The Shack, and a close friend to its author, C. Baxter Kruger's ‘The Shack Revisited’ takes Wm Paul’s original as a framework for understanding the theology of the Trinity the core message of The Shack, that God is entirely love. Young himself wrote the forward to Kruger’s book, and involved himself in the discussions leading to the book’s publication. Kruger is known for his strongly Trinitarian beliefs and his explanations for the tri-une nature of God. Another pillar of Kruger’s beliefs is the doctrine of God’s universal acceptance. In terms of The Shack, Kruger and Paul explain this in the parallel of central character, Mack, and his question: “Why do you love us humans… I guess what I want to ask is why do you love me when I have nothing to offer.” and the reply Young has Jesus make:  “If you think about it, that should be very freeing.”

Kruger is the founder and director of and author of books including ‘The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited’, and ‘Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness’, ‘God Is For Us’ and ‘Jesus and the Undoing of Adam’. Kruger has been touring with Young talking on the books and their complementary view of God. Kruger points out the difference between the theological doctrine of God we have constructed in our heads, and our experience of Him and his love in our hearts. With an exploration of what we’ve been taught about concepts of atonement and justification and our need for love and restoration, this book promises to be challenging, thought provoking and – maybe, reassuring or even disturbing. Either way, it contains arguments and thoughts that every searcher after truth perhaps ought to consider. – Les Ellison


Details for The Shack Revisited

Page last updated 21st October 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherHodder & Stoughton (October 2012)
Number of Pages288
Thickness19 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4033837
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