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Meeting God at the Shack: A Journey Into Spiritual Recovery [Kindle Edition]

John Mark Hicks
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

William P. Young’s The Shack became a national bestseller in 2008 and as of July 2009 had sold 7.2 million copies. It has remained on the New York Bestsellers list for more than a year. More importantly, it has touched the hearts of many hurting people. At the same time it has been the object of hostile attacks from those who believe the novel undermines Christian orthodoxy.

I think the question this parable addresses is this: How do wounded people come to believe that God really is "especially fond" of them?

Only after reading the book through this lens are we able to understand how Young uses some rather unconventional metaphors to deepen his point.

My interest is to unfold the story of recovery in The Shack as I experienced it through my own journey. So, I invite you to walk with me through the maze of grief, hurt, and pain as we, through experiencing Mackenzie’s shack, face our own “shacks.”

Dr. John Mark Hicks is a Professor of Theology in the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN). He has taught for over thirty years, in over 20 countries and in most states of the United States. He has published widely through books and articles.


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  • File Size: 198 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gratidao (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H6N83M
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great supplement to The Shack December 14, 2011
I read The Shack and thoroughly enjoyed it, but was not sure what to do with all of the negative critiques. Young was attacked for some questionable theology, which I somewhat understood, but was not sure it was actually warranted because I wondered if the critics were missing his point. Hicks goes through The Shack and attempts to help his readers comprehend what Young was actually trying to communicate. Hicks' efforts are appreciated, and very effective.

It seems that many of the critics of The Shack misunderstand the genre of Young's work. Hicks spends time developing this concept as he discusses Young's motives, as well as Young's background and history. As Hicks points out, Young is not attempting systematic theology, but rather "an extended modern parable." With this in mind, we can set out to read the book for what it is: parabolic theology that might very well lead the reader down a path of introspection, and also closer to God.

The Shack invites the reader to be very real, and genuine: to go to places that are deep, dark, and hidden. Hicks takes that invitation a step further and more fully develops some very key elements of Young's book (e.g., Hicks' discussions on the Triune shine, gardening with God, and the Trinity). It appears obvious that Young has endured much suffering and sadness, and perhaps this is why Hicks is able to do so much with Young's work, for he too has experienced great pain, suffering, and setbacks. There is something about Hicks that is very real; he is able to empathize, and thus elaborate in ways that many cannot.

For me, The Shack was painful, yet liberating. Hicks' book was more of the same, for which I am appreciative.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a great pt. 2 to the Shack. I love both books. Awesome.If you want an inspiring read. This and The Sack are the really best ones,especially if you are a new Christian. It is even better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting God at the Shack April 28, 2012
By Di
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I found this version explaining "The Shack", very informative. I disagree with all the negetive comments on The Shack". This book helps with its take on spirituality. We all need enlightenment in plain terms. These stories help get us thinking more about our life after passing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read December 29, 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone who has previously read The Shack; it has some great insight & helpful quotes that are worth highlighting for review again & again. It reminds us how much God loves all of us - everything about us; God created us and wants a relationship with us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've read The Shack, this is another must read! November 8, 2012
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I read The Shack when it first came out and lead a book discussion about it, I wish I had this book at that time. Meeting God at the Shack helped me to see beyond the story and more of the symbolism and richness of the book. It gave me a new experience and understanding. Well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and excellent companion to the shack December 25, 2012
By Paul
glad i read this thanks to the author for writing a really good companion to the shack this explains much about our condition and how we can come to terms withour pain
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome addition to The Shack September 7, 2012
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I read The Shack twice and really didn't know there was any controversy about it. Meeting God at the Shack addressed the controversy and shed some light on a lot of the meaning of The Shack. Hicks addressed the woundedness of people and how God reaches out to us just the way we are. When I bought the book, I was hoping for insight into deeper understanding of spiritual recovery; this book has helped me embrace the concept of a loving God, rather than punitive, as I have wrestled with in the past due to my own woundedness. Hicks talks about how God wants relationship and just how much He loves us. It's a solid read for those struggling with their concept of their relationship with God.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than the Shack October 16, 2012
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After reading the Shack twice, I was intrigued to find this book of commentary. I read it with great interest. The book identifies the impetus for the novel and the review as well: The shack within all of us. I recommend this book for discussions in book clubs, bible studies, and support groups. It will guide the discussions well, asking vital questions that we all should ponder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was very good, and it was hard to put it down ...
It was very good ,and it was hard to put it down after the first few pages.
Published 5 months ago by Bennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting God at the shacks: a journal into Spiritual recovery
When I first read the Shack, I was deeply touched and didn't know why exactly why or what but reading this book helped me to understand what I was missing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathi Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mark's style is easy to read and he is a reliable authority
John Mark's style is easy to read and he is a reliable authority. He made me think. I loved his book.
Published 6 months ago by Kathleen Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opening, mind expanding, life saving.
eye opening ,mind expanding,life saving. brought me back to god
Published 8 months ago by Guy Restivo
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I understand.
I really enjoyed the book as I read The Shack every year & never saw it from this point of view. It has helped me understand issues in my own life much better. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Judy Grubb
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative
after reading the shack this book revealed some things I didn't get when I read the book, really enjoyed this book
Published 14 months ago by ELIZABETH HOLLIBAUGH
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this great uplifting experience
One of the best books I have read in a very long time. This book flowed very well with the Left Behind Series by another group of authors supporting our spiritual health. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Wanda Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars a deeper look into The Shack
I would recommend this book to anyone whose life has been touched by the book The Shack. It looks a little deeper into spiritual recovery and sees the original book as a modern day... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Searching: By Kathy
This book makes you look at life in a different perspective than what we are taught about God. I have always been taught to fear God as someone out to destroy me if I mess up. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Read the Shack. Heard John Mark speak on and then read his application to his life so that I am better able to apply the Shack parable to my life.
Published 24 months ago by Harold F. Vann
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