Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Review: The Shack by Wm Paul Young

About the Book:

Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation. Evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note--apparently from God--inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment, he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

My Review:

I'm generally not at a loss for words.  However, I just finished reading The Shack by Wm Paul Young and I now sit here in a very peaceful place, a place of wonderment and tranquility.  Give me a minute and I will continue with my review.  (Closing my eyes and taking a slow deep breath)

Okay, I know that this was a work of fiction, but it is one of those stories that you just wish were true... well part of the story anyway.  The story begins with tragedy, the kind of heart wrenching tragedy that would be a total nightmare for any parent... the abduction and murder of their child.  If you can imagine for a moment how this could leave a parent with a battered soul...  The anger.  The frustration.  The sense of loss.  The "what if's".

What happens four years later is an absolute miracle.  Mac receives a note in his mailbox which appears to be from God.  He is asked to return to the shack where evidence of his daughter's murder took place, the blood stain still remaining on the floor.  As difficult as this was for him to do, the result of the weekend he spent there changed his life forever.

This book appears to have been written as a parable and not a study of theology.  It's a book that explores the relationship one may have with God.  I especially enjoyed the way the author explained the Holy Trinity and how "Papa" (Nan's name for God) could be an African American woman who loved to cook.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone looking for a spiritual, inspirational story.  A story that will leave you with a peaceful tranquility.  A story that will make you want to pick up the phone to call your sister and tell her that you forgive her for dunking your head into the toilet when you were a kid.

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