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The Shack

Posted on: 6.08.2009

I decided that this summer would be one of reading! Not that my other summers haven’t been considerably full of books, but I rarely make a point of reading books (outside of class) that don’t fall into the categories of good-feeling/light-reading, historical-fiction, or romance. This summer I will not only try to get my fill of those types of books, but I will also dedicate time to digging deeper into what it means to live in the center of Christ’s love. The first book on the list was The Shack by W.M. Paul Young.
This book is certainly a work of fiction; however, that fact was often forgotten as I fell in love with the reality of the characters and the connection that can be made between their humanity and my own. The main character named Mack is invited up to the shack where the last traces of his abducted daughter were found. There, he is met by God, to break through the politically correct, theological perceptions of God that Mack holds. While the book’s portrayal of God was revolutionizing to me, it also made me think about how God is so completely indescribable. If this perception and understanding of God can be created in a work of fiction in the mind of a human, then the thought of the reality of God blows me away! This God loves me: Unbelievable!!
Anyway, if you’re up for a good cry (or lots of them) and you want to fall more deeply in love with your Creator, read The Shack

Currently reading:
Your Relationship With God: drawing closer to God every day, by Dr. Gary Smalley
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By a Relentless God, by Francis Chan
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis

Up next:
Any or all works by George Verwer.



  1. I loved this book! I read it this winter or spring. Our Sunday school class is actually going to spend the next 2 weeks discussing it, and I am really looking forward to it.


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