Wow! I am really surprised at how much I liked this book. I was a little apprehensive at first because I had read some differing reviews on some other sites and wasn’t sure if I wanted to step into this type of book.
But as I’m getting older, I’m learning that God can use all types of different things to show His purpose and desires. I’ve seen Him work through circumstances, chance meetings, and even books.
Here is a little synopsis of the book –
Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and 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 Mack’s world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant “The Shack” wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him.
The basis of this book alone almost turned me away. I really don’t like reading depressing stories, but once I allowed myself to follow Mack along to the Shack, I just couldn’t put the book down.
Now my whole attitude in reading this book was to NOT look for some deep spiritual TRUTH. I only look in God’s word for that, but I read it as fiction – because that’s what it is. But I also read it ready for anything.
I take a lot away from reading The Shack. Some spiritual, some just personal, but all in all I came away feeling joyful knowing ‘ He is especially fond of me’.
** I’m not getting paid or any compensation for writing this. I just wanted to share my thoughts on the book. **