Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Take a reader survey on 'The Shack'

Wayne Jacobsen is inviting folks to take a reader survey on The Shack (my review here):
Windblown Media has been approached by a doctrinal candidate at Regent University to help conduct a survey of readers to gauge the impact of this book on the population. The book has now reached its 43rd week at the top of the NY Times bestseller list and over 7 million copies are in print.

They are looking for a broad cross section of people to respond to this survey, so please feel free to post this request and the survey link on your blog or forums that you regularly participate in.

Here is their request: “As researchers, we would like to understand what you think of the best-selling novel by William Paul Young (Copyright 2008, Windblown Media). Your answers will be extremely helpful in helping us to understand the story’s influence and appeal.”

You can take the survey here.
I took the survey--it takes about five minutes with a few more minutes to answer two open ended questions at the bottom. Be sure to scroll your to your right or you might miss a box where you can enter your e-mail address if you want to see the results of the survey. I'm not a survey maker, so I'm not sure how this one stacks up in terms of surveys; I did wonder at the angle behind a couple of the questions and the phrasing of a few of them bothered me--but then I always feel that way when I take surveys, heh.

Interestingly, when you complete the survey, you end up at a website for Kevin Ray Crawford, "a working writer and Adjunct Professor of screenwriting and film in the CTV Department at Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts." A lot of the questions on the survey have to do with The Shack as a film. I'm thinking this guy is on the doctoral candidate's dissertation committee?

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