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Is The Shack Truly Christian? 

Aviv Alush, Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Sumire Matsubara in Lionsgate Films’ The Shack (2017). Inset: The original book cover.  (Photo: Lionsgate Films)

By Albert Mohler

THE PUBLISHING WORLD sees very few books reach blockbuster status, but William Paul Young’s The Shack has now exceeded even that. The book, originally self-published by Young and two friends, has now sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into over thirty languages. It is one of the best-selling paperback books of all time, and its readers are enthusiastic.

According to Young, the book was originally written for his own children. In essence, it can be described as a narrative theodicy, an attempt to answer the question of evil and the character of God by means of a story. In this story, the main character is grieving the brutal kidnapping and murder

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Les Innocentes and Calvary

Reviewed by Gerry and Siobhan Laskey

 TWO FILMS now available on Netflix – happily, since there was likely scant (if any) theatrical release of them near most of us last year – are fascinating in their takes on faith.   Les Innocentes and Calvary deal with the resilience of faith in Christ in a context of aggression, doubt, horrific acts and sacrifice.  

While both films treat the Christian faith with knowledge and respect, key characters display varying views from devotion to cynicism to outright hostility. Some never had faith, others lost or rejected

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Seven for Winter

Photo: Sue Careless

Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend or a good book for yourself, consider these suggestions from two avid readers.   

Julie Lane-Gay is a writer and editor who lives in Vancouver with her husband, Craig, and their four children. She attends St John’s, Vancouver.   

Beneath Wandering Stars

Ashlee Cowles 

Merit Publishing, 2016


When I admitted to a friend that I had a longing to walk the Camino de Santiago, she mentioned

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Sexual Morality in a Christless World

By Matthew Rueger

Concordia Publishing House, 2016

176 pages, $14 

REVIEWED BY Tim Challies

THE TIMES are changing. Sexual morality in the West is undergoing nothing less than a revolution as traditional morality gives way to something radically different. The former morality, based on the Christian Scriptures, is being shoved aside by a new one that not only departs from the Bible, but outright rejects it. Meanwhile, Christians who abide by those traditional sexual morals are increasingly seen as outcasts, backward people

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Can pain be good for you?


Endearing Pain: Life Lessons

from MS Afflictions

By Colleen Peters

Resource Publications,

Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016.

130 pages, $18

I’m either well qualified to review this book of theologically-informed reflections on living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), or too engaged to comment fairly. For at least two reasons, I’m inclined to take Endearing Pain personally.

For starters, MS has had a big impact in my own household. My wife, Margaret, was diagnosed

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