Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Shack - Book Club Review Time

Okay all you bloggy book clubers (all three of you - if there are more speak up!) It's time for our first review of the year The Shack, by William P. Young.

It seems this book is quite controversial and I do understand why. However, I decided not to look at it from every angle of how it's facts/scripture are wrong and focus on one thing - God's Love.

This book really opened my eyes again. I know it's fiction - but it did remind me at how much God loves and cares for us. And even though it's a very interesting take the Holy Trinity, I did like the visions it brought to my mind.

My favorite part was when Mack was in the garden with the Holy Spirit and he said the garden was a mess. I loved it when the Holy Spirit described the garden as Mack - and she said "it's a mess, but it's a beautiful mess."

I also found it intersting that when Mack was camping and then searching for his daughter the two friends he was with on the campground were named Jessee and Sara - did anyone else see a link to Jesus and Sarayu?

I really don't want this to get into a heated debate on what is wrong and what is right about this book so I leave you with a few questions:

1.) What was your favorite part of the book?

2.) Would you recommend this book and why?

3.) What /how did this book make you feel?


Jana said...

1) My favorite part was.....

P. 193...... Papa (God) was talking to the character again. "Mackenzie, my purposes are not for my comfort, or yours. My purposes are always and only an expression of love. I purpose to work life out of death, to bring freedom out of brokenness and turn darkness into light. What you see as chaos, I see as a fractal. All things must unfold, even though it puts all those I love in the midst of a world of horrible tragedies-even the one closest to me."

This just tells simply: Every Battle has a blessing and that GOD is LOVE.............He has showed us over and over how much he loves us and his greatest gift is Jesus and how he died for our salvation.

Interesting to view Papa as a woman, but Papa is motherly, forgiving, nurturing, welcoming, and loving unconditionally as God does. I like the paralell.

2) Yes, I would recommend fact I'd like to read it again...each time I gain a new perspective....

3)Feelings at first uncomfortable then comfort, suspense then relief. In conclusion, reassured that God LOVES.

LesleyAnn said...

1. My Favorite part....when Mack and Jesus are talking about institutions and relationships. I liked the simplicity of it all. That sometimes we make everything so complex. Life is about relationships in love and spritual grace. Good stuff!! Enlightening!!

2. Yes I would recommend it. I think I may even need to reread it to really comprehend it even more.

3. The book made me feel different in different parts. But mostly enlightened.