Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Shack

I really did not go into hibernation as the school year, instead I have just been too busy to have time to post anything. In fact, really the only thoughts that bounce through this brain of mine are things about school.

However, I am toward the end of another interesting book, The Shack by William (Willie) P. Young. Willie, the author, a son of a missionary now grown and with children, never really intended to be publishing this book but instead was writing it for his children to read. Thinking this approach was entertaining while imparting a knowledge of God's constant love of us, he wrote it, made copies he bound and gave to his children and a select few friends. Soon the copies were circulating and people were asking where they could get copies. A relatively short book comparatively to War and Peace, I guess, I thought I would read it in a couple of days but have not had the free time to read so am now at the end of the week still reading in little short snatches of time here and there while doing duty at school, during advisory at school, during a passing period...... I have found it interesting that the book has intrigued me and even after I put the book down I am thinking and questioning, anxious to get to it.

Mack, the main character experiences a life changing tragedy in his life that leaves him sad and feeling separated from God when he receives an invitation from someone he thinks could be God. I will stop here because I don't want to spoil it for you since Jackie said she is reading it and Jennifer wants to now.

So much to think about, the book has reinforced some things I already knew, illustrates ideas I had not thought of, puts God in a different perspective to me....
  • relationships
  • God's constant love....
  • Man's emotional ups and downs
  • God's constant love......
  • the continual presence of the Holy Spirit with us
  • God's constant love....
While I do not accept this book as gospel, obviously, this is a book that makes me think, has me talking to people who have noticed me with the book who would otherwise not listen to anything about interesting piece of fiction with a message.
I would be interested in knowing the thoughts of others who have read the book.

If you are interested in knowing more about the book, the author, etc go to his website at


  1. I had to stop reading your blog half way because Jamie lent me the book and I don't want to spoil it.

  2. Good. You can respond when you are finished reading it. I don't think I gave anything away.

  3. I have not read the book, but Jamie and Kara have shared things about it with me and I SO SO SO want to read it now!!! I'm glad you are enjoying it! and having opportunities to share God because of it, too cool!

  4. I read this book in August and LOVED it! Any time that anyone brings it up, I feel immediate kinship and a STRONG desire to talk about it. When I finished, I wanted to recommend it to everyone but in the end passed it along to just one (who is now passing it on to others). While there is MUCH I would love to say, it is something that is MUCH better discussed in person. Next time I'm down (looking like in just a few weeks), we need to have a get together of everyone who read The Shack for a "book club" discussion. I'm not kidding either...I'll help host! What do you think?