It is very, very rare for me to read a work of fiction. I generally prefer Christian living type books, biographies, and autobiographies. A short while ago however, my Mom gave me a copy of Wm. Paul Young’s 2007 novel THE SHACK. It was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. I knew it was hugely popular several years back and had generated some controversy in Christian circles. It comes recommended by the likes of Kathie Lee Gifford, Michael W. Smith, Eugene Peterson, and Drew Marshall.
After having read it I have to say “Wow! What a book!” I highly recommend it and give it five out of five stars. The whole plot revolves around a child going missing. What would you do if one of your children disappeared?
This book will totally revolutionize how you perceive God and who you think He is. It gives great insight into not only who God is, but what His main characteristics are. It will also provoke thought about what God intended for humans when He created us, what He requires and doesn’t require of us, and how He views time.
A huge theme in the book is suffering and pain. Why does God allow them when He could eradicate them in a flash right now? The book also gives us a glimpse into what the afterlife could look like and it is truly fascinating.
Forgiveness is also explored towards the end of the novel. What is the true definition of it and who and what is it for?
There are a lot of religious types and churches that won’t like this book because it doesn’t just give the status quo answers to many of life’s big questions. This book will stretch your imagination and cause you to grow if you let it. The cast of characters is quite intriguing.
Be sure to read THE SHACK if you haven’t already! Your mind and beliefs will be stretched.