I just finished reading “The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young.
This book is really interesting for several reasons. It’s a fictional account of one man’s encounter with God. It is multi-leveled:
- It’s entertaining and interesting.
- It can teach those who don’t know about man’s relationship with God. This is actually the primary message of the book. It touches on many aspects of this, and helps show you how God loves us without reservation, while at the same time our grasp of God is limited by all the distraction and pain in our lives.
- It clarifies many misconceptions. For instance, why Eve was made from a rib of Adam, and what Jesus probably looks like (in the flesh). It clarifies (somewhat) the mystery of the Trinity and the relationships between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, who are one God.
- It debunks quite a few stereotypes, in a fun way. For instance, other than tradition, is there any particular reason to think that God is a man? After all, both man and woman derive their natures from God.
- It clearly explains why bad things happen in God’s universe.
- It demonstrates how forgiveness, a servant’s heart, and the love of God can overcome adversity and pain.
This book just might change your life. It’s that good. Seriously, I urge you to read it. You won’t be sorry.