So I finished reading The Shack today. The book certainly gives you quite a bit to think about, so I’m sure that the full impact, if any, from this book may be yet to come as I continue to mull it over. Like the person who loaned to me said, I struggle with whether or not to recommend this book and if so to who? The book requires great open-mindedness and the ability to stretch your imagination and see “the point” without being distracted by the presentation. You will not get as much out of it if you just surface read and don’t really think about what you’re reading.
Now, that being said, I don’t want to give the impression that the book is so thought-heavy or overly religious that it wasn’t an enjoyable read, because it was. The tale of Mack, “the Great Sadness,” and his return to the shack where the Great Sadness occurred, is a quite a compelling story to follow, all the way to the end.
Two of my favorite lines:
[God]: “… that you can’t grasp the wonder of my nature is rather a good thing. Who wants to worship a God who can be fully comprehended, eh?”
[God]: “Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established.”