Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Last Wednesday we were given a book that is possibly one of the most influential books I have read. The Shack
It is written by William P. Young, a Canadian who was raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was New Guinea. He now lives in the Pacific Northwest.
It's a story about a man, Mack, who was raised by an abusive alcoholic father, until he finally ran away from home. Later, Mack marries and becomes a father himself. On a family camping outing, on the last day of the trip, his youngest daughter, Missy, is kidnapped and murdered.
Obviously this changes Mack's life in many ways, and what he calls 'The Great Sadness' becomes an ever present way of life. One day he receives a mysterious note inviting him back to the shack where Missy's bloodied dress had been found and has an amazing experience with God.
That synopsis doesn't even begin to bring justice to the story. It is an amazing story about freedom, life, relationship, control, religion, expectancy and, most of all, love. It is a story that throws a complete curve ball into everything traditional religion has taught us to believe, and can change your entire perspective of God if you can open your mind enough to let it.
One quote by Eugene Peterson of 'The Message' states:
"This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good!"
I have created 'Vic's Wiki Pages' on the side bar, where posts from the author's blog can be found.