The Shack by Wm Paul Young

I read this book after a friend lent it to me, urging me to give it a go. To be honest, I wasn’t that interested and it took me months to get round to picking it up. One morning, I just saw it on the book shelf and thought, it’s time.
I read it over the weekend and honestly, I have never cried so much over any book. I can’t really explain what it was that made me so emotional but I see from other reviews that it had the same effect on many other people.
The Shack is a story of family, loss, and devastating grief…but more than that, it’s about hope, forgiveness and above all, love.
If you can read it with an open mind and an open heart and not get too bogged down in the theological questions it really does uplift and move you in ways you wouldn’t believe possible. I have read so many reviews which focus on whether or not this book is heretic or blasphemous, debating The Shack’s message and comparing it with Biblical passages to see how it stands up. The fact that God appeared to Mack as an African-American woman seems to distress some, and some are angered by the assertion that each member of The Holy Trinity is equal – three parts of the whole, with no hierarchy.

I’m not an expert on the Bible but I do know that I have grown weary and disillusioned with religion – tired of the “only my church is right” attitude and the arguments and anger and bitterness that seems to be the one sure way to put anyone off believing in God. People may rant against this book, stating that it is “un-Christian” or against God, that it goes against the teachings of the Bible, whatever. What I do know is that it made me feel closer to God than I have in a long time. It made me look at Him/Her/It with fresh eyes and it made me feel as if I might actually matter to whatever God is. I woke up the following morning (after an evening sobbing over this book!) and I sat up in bed and what popped into my head? The question: “What did you learn from this?” and my answer: “I am loved.”
So really, argue all you like about the theological issues, but if you read this book and let yourself really feel what is happening within its pages you may just be amazed to find that the other stuff doesn’t matter at all, because whatever religion, race or sex you are, God is especially fond of you…5/5

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The Shack

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