Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Book That Makes an Impact

Chances are, you've heard of this book. It's been a recent bestseller all over the newsstands, and it seems like people everywhere are talking about it. I've even heard of church groups having Bible studies based upon it. Well, I wanted to know what all the buzz was about. So, I, too, picked up The Shack, by William P. Young. To be honest, I don't even now how to begin talking about it...

You know how there are some books that are so revolutionary to you that even once you close the cover, it still resonates within your mind long after. For me, this was one of those books. It genuinely changed my perspective on life, eternity, spirituality, self, influence, religion, faith, and God Himself.

The book follows a Christian man named Mack. Early in the book, he experiences a terrible tragedy within his family and directs all of his anger towards God. He blames God for the pain and suffering and can't understand why He would allow such a horrible thing to happen. He definitely can't fathom still loving a god who obviously does not love him in return. The majority of the book is a narrative of Mack's weekend experience with his encounter with God-the Trinity, in the very shack where all of his pain originates.

In order to reach Mack, God chooses to reveal Himself in human form; three forms, actually. The conversations that Mack has with each, God-the Father, God-the Son, and God-the Spirit, are so incredibly eye-opening that they made me re-evaluate my entire approach to nearly every aspect of my life.

I don't want to say much about the contents of the discussions, because I really want for you to read the book yourself. However, it is very "out of the box" thinking, and definitely can't be considered true theology. I can see where some people may take offense to some of the nontraditional concepts and the idea of God revealing Himself in human form to reach one struggling soul. But if you can get past the "absurdity" of that, then you may truly be enlightened by this story.

If you're not sure whether or not you would like it, check out the website and see what you think. You can even read the forward and first chapter to get a "feel" for it. If you believe that it may touch your heart, I pray that you give it a chance.

1 comment:

Meagan said...

i dont have a comment on the book. but i wanted to let you know i stopped by. such a cute little blog. i have a date in an hour and my hands are sweaty. love you. wish me luck. ill call you soon, miss you lots. p.s. glad everything went well when you and brad went to cville for the weekend. and omg rachel is so cute. sorry, type too much. muah!

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