Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Shack

I first heard about the book The Shack by WM. Paul Young in an email I got from It was a popular bestseller, but I didn't really know what it was about. I picked it up at Costco over break (Costco sells all books for cheaper! :D) and just finished reading it today. 

This book was a great read because it was so different. I won't give the ending away, but the story begins with a guy named Mack. The story is mainly from his perspective. He has a family, and his youngest daughter, Missy, goes missing during a family vacation and is never found. They did find a blood-soaked dress in an old abandoned shack, though. He struggles with his grief for four years, as does his family, and gets a note one day inviting him back to the shack, signed "Papa", an endearing name that his wife uses to address God. He thinks it's a sick joke at first, but feels compelled to go, and so he eventually does. 

What he experiences in the shack is...amazing, to say the least. The book centers around his healing process and the interactions between the Trinity - it's really cool because there are three characters in the book (actual people) with characteristics that correspond to the different components of God. It was so cool to read, because I've always had a hard time distinguishing the differences/similarities between the three, and this book just took a different spin on it. Very creative and relatable for all people, I think!

Go get this book and read it. :) It'll make you think! And check out this website too:

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