The Shack - A Review

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This is one of those books that I feel like I need to make a point to read once a year or so. This is the 2nd time I have read this book and it is just an amazing story that I got even more out of the 2nd time around. In my opinion, the author does a great job answering really difficult theological and spiritual questions in a way I almost understand. This book is by no means a "light read", even if the story moves along quickly. I think this is a really heavy book - tackling issues about The Trinity, forgiveness, God as a father, Holy Spirit, judgment, loss, abuse, and the list goes on...
I will admit, there were a couple things that were odd to me - like the author's choice of personifying God as a heavy African-American woman who loves to cook... but I can look past that and really appreciate what the author was doing with this story. I adore the character of Mack. He seems like such a real person and asks honest, straightforward questions of God (i.e. "Why couldn't you stop this suffering... etc). Mack struggles with his faith and in a very dark time in his life, God brings him to "the shack" and has a talk with him. I want this to be a non-fiction book, like Heaven is For Real, because my heart yearns for the possibility that something like that could really happen to someone. I would definitely recommend this book, but just be warned, it is not a fluffy, brain-candy kind of book, but leans more on the side of soul-food.

2 comments:

cindy derry said...

I agree i love the book. I kinda do understand why (the Author) God presented Himself as a woman. It was because Mack had father/male issues. The readers also should be reminded that this is fictional story that speaks spiritual truths. And while the author does speak spiritual truths, he does not address subject related truths, such as sin and hell. However i don't think that is the point of this story. I liked it even better the second time.

Nexiec said...

I have not read The Shack. All I know is that it makes a certain sect of Christians out there very upset. Good to see that you can rise above the petty details to get at the core of what the story is about. Now if we can only get people to view (certain) passages of scripture in the same way...

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