The Shack – William P. Young
I think the first time I’ve read this book was in 2009. One of my friends lent it to me.
Last year, I noticed a copy for sale at our local library. I bought it and lent it to the guard at work. He loves to read and he loved this book.
I then decided to reread it, because I could only remember snippets of the story.
Unfortunately, not everyone will like this story. My grandfather hated it, because he couldn’t accept that God may take on the form of a black woman.
I’ve also noticed they’ve turned it into a movie. Wonder how that turned out?
Mackenzie Allen Philip’s 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 at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks 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 answer 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!
What I liked about the book: The book is essentially about forgiveness. God, in the story, wants to save Mack from himself, from his bitterness. He wants to release him from his burden, his ‘Great Sadness’.
It teaches us that forgiving someone doesn’t mean you forget or that you have to trust that person again. ‘Forgiveness does not establish a relationship’ (p.225).
Forgiveness is also a journey, it’s not instant and you may need God’s help to forgive.
What I didn’t like: When I first read it, I believed it was based on true story. When you read the story, you really want it to be real. But when I found out it was just fiction, I was disappointed.
First published: 2007