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
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
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
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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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"Fluent, graphic writing and excellent use of description... Characters alive with captivating dialogue." (Elijah Iwuji, author of Praying in the Will of God)
"I love the characters. Ada is superbly done." (Anne Lyken-Garner, author of Sunday's Child)
"Up there with some of the best published work around." (Walter Robson, author of Access to History: Medieval Britain)
"Very good, and addresses a universal question in a much better way than Dan Brown in Angels and Demons, where the God vs science debate is just another sub-plot in yet another ciphering book. In Flying a Kite it's the main plot thread, convincingly dealt with and riveting." (Richard Pierce, author of Dead Men)
"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)