30 June 2008

The Shack: A Book Review

Well, after hearing so much about this book lately, I have finally read it. It is definitely worth the read!

Even though this is a work of fiction, the author shares some deep spiritual truths, I thought. Reading his thoughts on God and his relationship to mankind definitely challenged my religious *box*--in a good way!

The cover of the book says:

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.
Against his better judgment he arrives as the shack on a wintry afternoon and walk back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book.

There are wonderful themes that this books discusses, but forgiveness is one that really stood out to me. Right now I am in a process: a process of working through hurt and betrayal by people that I at one time trusted. I know that God is working on my heart. I am choosing to forgive and right now it is a choice that I must renew daily because I'm struggling with it. There were so many insights in this book that I remember daily and that encourage me.

The copy that I read belongs to a friend, but I'm heading out to by my own copy soon--because I'll be reading it again.


Heather & Reese said...

I've been wondering what your thoughts were on The Shack. I'm glad that you read it and that it touched you too.


Songlee said...

I am glad you were finally able to finish the book. The depiction of the Holy Trinity is beautiful isn't it? I plan on reading it again myself. I miss you guys.

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading it as well. The forgiveness part was very needed during this time. :) I hope y'all are having fun. We miss y'all.

Anonymous said...

I just read The Shack a few weeks ago....it's message really hit home for me right now. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I love you and really miss you both. I have been praying that God will bless you above and beyond.....


PinkDaisyGirl said...

Thanks for reviewing this. I admit I've been a little frightened to read it and have been waiting for your review.

Hope you enjoyed your family getaway!

Nancy said...

I have not heard of this book, but now I want to read it! Hope you are enjoying your getaway...where are you?

Forgiveness is definitely a process, especially when the pain is caused by someone who you once trusted. I will be praying for you in the journey.

Hope you're doing well, wherever you are.

Kari & Kijsa said...

We have not heard of this book. Thanks for the great review!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa