I probably never would have picked up this book if it were not for my friend Robert Doell’s recomendation. Robert works at Lifeway and everytime I go in there he has something new to recommend. Which is great, because I like reading books that others have read. So the most recent recommendation was The Shack by William P. Young.
Now this book had several things going against it from the get-go. The biggest hinderance is that I don’t really dig fiction lately, and I don’t know if this was fiction or not, but it’s kind of marketed that way.
It was kind of hard to really get into, because the story took a while to set up, and I really didn’t understand why I should care about this Mack guy (the main character). But I was comitted to finishing it so that I could have an intelligent conversation about it, as it is growing in popularity.
After getting through the set-up, I really don’t want to spoil this book for anyone, so please be patient. Mack goes to a cabin where he experienced a great tragedy in his family, and he has an encounter with the Trinity.
The way the author presents the trinity is fascinating. The most intriguing thing about it all is their relationship/community/love-fest. They are presented as unique in character but one. It’s pretty cool.
But this book is really great as it works through the issues that Mack has to deal with to move past the tragedy in his past and with his family. The book talks about grace, forgiveness, redemption, free-will, salvation, and all kinds of good stuff. So it’s a pretty heady book if you get way into it. But it’s still very accessible. That’s probably the greatest strength of using the story format. It allows for the point to be made with out beating the reader over the head with it.
This would be a great book for a book club, or for people who are going through recovery programs, and even grief counseling. So should we read it? Sure. Are people going to disagree with it? Yes. Are people going to take a lot of it way to seriously? Probably. But we can still get a lot of great truth and encouragement from this story.