Dear Waterford, About the Shack…

To My Neighbors and Neighbor in the Waterford,

As you all already know, our neighborhood recently recieved the gift of a “little library” where members of our community are free to lend to and borrow books from another. Yesterday, in between trips to the hospital, I stopped by and borrowed a book: The Shack by William Paul Young. I just finished reading it here at the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. Given what goes on at this place, I think my finding The Shack in our little library when I found it was providential. I think the book tries to provide answers to those who struggle in the wake of life’s hardest moments. I’m really glad I found it.

It is so blasphemous.

As a theologian, a Christian, and a neighbor, I want to reach out to whomever left The Shack in our little library. I know very little about you. I don’t know what you believe about the Lord Jesus or where (if) you go to church. I just know you live in my neighborhood and left The Shack in our library.

I don’t know how to put this except to say that leaving that book for others to find is something I could never have done. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God. The Shack so blashphemes my beloved Sovereign that it pained me to read it. Jesus said the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor. I would not want to expose another person made in God’s image to what I just read.

Clearly, I am being judgemental. I don’t know if you are the kind of person who is put off by that. Like I said, I know little about you. I’d like to know more. Please seek me out. Let’s sit down and talk. I want to know what you think about Jesus and I want to share with you about what I know about him and His word.


Seth Dunn

*Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.

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