About a year ago (probably two), my boyfriend's Mom gave me this book, The Shack--and I just finished it. Yes, it took me nearly two years to read it, for several reasons, which are not important. What I find as mind-blowing as the book, is the epic timing of when I finished this book to make the storyline that much more meaningful to me.
A lot has happened in two years.
A lot that was referenced in the book.
The other day, I was explaining some interesting events to my Mom and attempted to share how relevant the phrase timing is everything or there is a time and place for everything has always been in my life. When something is heavy on my heart for example, I will want to share it but I don't worry about when, because I know God will provide the perfect place and time for it.
First and foremost, this book is a fantastic read--I definitely encourage everyone to read this New York Times Bestseller. There have been over three million (10 million according to wikipedia!) copies printed for a reason; it's a great read.
Based out of Oregon, I was familiar with the areas mentioned and the writing was so detailed, I was able to vividly visualize everything as I hung on to every word, page by page. Fiction or non-fiction, your choice--this story is a phenomenal testimony for anyone struggling in their walk with the Lord. Life is tough, bad things happen to good people and it's easy to blame God, it's easy to have Great Sadness loom in your heart.
Roughly 10 months ago one of my close friends was in a horrific car crash, which should have ended his life. His 6'6" frame was crunched, crumpled, and coiled around metal and the remains of his car--it truly is a miracle he is alive.
He was unconscious and encountered several otherwise fatal injuries, and was literally put back together by the amazing Doctors at Emmanuel Hospital in Portland Oregon. If you read The Shack, you will understand the significance of this connection.
|Prior to Accident|
No one should experience the loss of a child, and my heart goes out to all who have. That heartbreaking experience is one of the main struggles in The Shack, and all I could think about were my dear friends who recently lost their only Daughter in a freak accident. Just over a month ago, their lives changed forever and although it might be too soon, I think this book would be perfect for them.
The depth of The Shack is brilliant. The writing is impressive. The accuracy and scriptural reference is flawless. I laughed and cried along the journey and found myself in awe most of the time, appreciating the perspectives. Whether you have a relationship with our Creator or not you will enjoy this book and grasp the relevancy appropriate at that time in your life.
Here's a couple excerpts from the book:
"Just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn't mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don't ever assume that my using something means I caused it or that I need it to accomplish my purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about me. Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors." (p185)
"Lies are a fortress; inside them you can feel safe and powerful. Through your little fortress of lies you try to run your life and manipulate others. But the fortress needs walls, so you build some. These are the justifications for your lies." (p187)
There are so many more, I kind of wish there was a Study Guide at the end.
If you have the chance to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Kudo's to
|William Paul Young | Author of The Shack|