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The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity Paperback – July 1, 2007
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When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of "The Shack." This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" did for his. It's that good! --Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
Finally! A guy-meets-God Novel that has literary integrity and spiritual daring. "The Shack" cuts through the cliches of both religion and bad writing to reveal something compelling and beautiful about life's integral dance with the Divine. This story reads like a prayer--like the best kind of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. When I read it, I felt like I was fellowshipping with God. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it. --Mike Morrell, zoecarnate.com
"The Shack" is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself. With every page, the complicated do's and don't that distort a relationship into a religion were washed away as I understood Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the first time in my life. --Patrick M. Roddy, ABC News Emmy Award winning producer
About the Author
Wm. Paul Young was born a Canadian and raised among a Stone Age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of former New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult and now enjoys the "wastefulness of grace" with his family in the Pacific Northwest.
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I read this book for the first time several years ago, I had bought it (the paperback version) a few months earlier after reading about it somewhere, but just hadn't sat down to read it yet. One day I did sit down and started reading it and had gotten to a point in the story that was especially thought provoking to read and was taking a "breather" to drink a cup of tea and process what I had read. During this time I received a phone call from my father telling me that my 7 year old nephew had been in a sledding accident while sliding with the rest of the kids in the neighborhood, where he had ended in submerged in the culvert of a small river with ice water from the mountain's spring thaw runoff flowing over him, for a long time before he was found and brought to the small local hospital, where it was determined that he needed more help than they were able to provide, sent to a regional hospital, then eventually on to Boston Children's Hospital. I did a lot of praying during this time of course, then, to keep myself occupied while waiting for updates about my nephew, I plugged away at the book. I do not remember exactly what I read that night, but what I DO remember after these few years, is the comfort I felt when I finished the book and was able to realize that my nephew was not alone at this time and as the Lord's Prayer says "thy will be done..." and I remember praying for help and understanding if he (my nephew) didn't make it and asking God to do what was best for my nephew. I firmly believe that it was a "God Thing" that had me reading this book at that time, because if I hadn't been, my nephew's death would have been a lot harder for me to deal with.
This book made me feel like I had God right there with me as my own personal grief counselor when I got the phone call that my nephew had not made it. I ended up giving a copy to my sister later on with a note to read it when she was ready.
As a side note, I saw the movie yesterday, and can honestly say it is the first movie I have ever seen that was as good as the book.
This is one of those books that will be kept forever. I started reading it again (only the kindle version this time) and love that I can highlight the parts that helped me, back then, and parts that "clicked" as I watched the movie.