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The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
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Feb 13, 09

Read in January, 2009

The Shack is a work of fiction that tells the story of Mack, a father who deeply suffers after his youngest daughter, Missy, is abducted by a serial killer during a family vacation. Four years after the tragedy, a strange note appears one day inviting Mack back to the shack, the scene of the crime, and here is where Mack encounters the Trinity who appears in various human forms. Here at the shack, the author beautifully combines the teachings of Christianity blended along seamlessly with the new spirituality movement. Mack is shown
that God is neither male or female, no hierarchy exists between the trinity or anyone for that matter, and that we need to strive to coexist in an equal circle where love and respect can flow both ways equally. What struck me the most was how Mack was shown how to forgive the man who took his daughter’s life—not an easy feat. How does one make sense out of hatred, war, and unspeakable acts of violence towards one another? This book may not give you an answer but it will inspire you to think about our free will and our ability to make the decision whether to judge or not.
Overall, this book was a bit awkward in the beginning and will certainly not win the Pulitzer, but what it will win is our attention and our hearts as we realize the importance of the powerful message the author aims to achieve: not judging others and forgiveness. For many, this book will be life-changing and the one inspirational read that will positively transform how life is viewed and
ultimately lived.
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