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Is Flying a Kite - similar to 'The Shack'
by William P. Young?

Journalist and author, Gillian McDade, said the following about Flying a Kite: 'Fluid, smooth and flows at a lovely pace. Really engaging from the start. Like The Shack, there is a niche for this kind of book.' So, is it similar to The Shack, by William P. Young? In a word: No! But, it should appeal to the same audience. Here's why.

This novel is only like The Shack in-as-much as its underlying message presents readers with information which helps them get a handle on the three forms of God recognized in the Christian religion and called The Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Wikipedia, it explains that The Shack depicts these forms as 'an African American woman who calls herself Elousia and Papa, Jesus Christ is a Middle-Eastern carpenter, and the Holy Spirit physically manifests himself as an Asian woman named Sarayu.' This boils down to a black female cook, a carpenter (fair enough, Jesus was), and a whispy character for the Holy Spirit. Some Christians struggle with these images. I think it author, William P. Young, wanted readers to come up with their own images for the Trinity by deviating from stereotypes but, in so doing, does he also mislead potential Christians in their imagery?

Flying a Kite is like The Shack in that it attempts to convince the reader there is an utterly good God behind everything. So far as The Trinity is concerned, however, it clearly states it is not at odds with Christian thinking, but it tries to solidify it a little by saying God is pure consciousness, that he presents himself in physical forms (as confirmed in the Old Testament) and as Jesus (the 'Son') in the New Testament; and it tries to explain the fluid form of God as the Holy Spirit, whereby God's will can become manifest in our individual consciousness. It goes further by suggesting God represents total consciousness and that we, and all of creation, are merely part of that; that the 'Big Bang' happened when the thought of our world came into God's consciousness.

Flying a Kite is unlike The Shack in that its only direct representation of God is one where the protagonist finds himself in heaven talking with God. The words expressed here by God might be an authorial invention, but I attempt to make them adhere to good Christian principles. My page The Novel and Christianity goes into this matter further. The intention is never to suggest the Bible is ever wrong - although I do suggest we might reconsider our interpretation here and there, given a more informed view of the universe than the readers for whom the Bible was originally aimed at.

While Flying a Kite makes a serious Christian statement, it is also a contemporary novel with humour and plot. Here's how the Midwest Book Review put it:

'Ian Kingsley's Flying A Kite clearly documents the literary talent of its author. Deftly written, original, genuinely entertaining, iconoclastic, Flying A Kite is a rewarding and entertaining read from beginning to end and highly recommended for personal and community library Contemporary Fiction collections. Of special note is the author's own web site at iankingsley.com that is packed with helpful information for aspiring writers seeking to create their own memorable literary works.'

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"A genuine joy to read, without the contrivance of undue complexity, readers who have enjoyed 'The Celestine Prophecy' by James Redfield and 'The Shack' by Wm Paul Young will certainly find a novel of equal standing in Flying A Kite."

The above is from the 2015 BookViral review. I was blown away by their full review. Read it here.

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"Fluid, smooth and flows at a lovely pace. Really engaging from the start. Like The Shack, there is a niche for this kind of book." (Gillian McDade, author of The Standing Man)