I love reading and I love books that have an amazing story and a lesson you can learn. I know that sounds redundant coming from me, but it’s the truth. I don’t just read anything, I have a set of high standards on what books to read and it doesn’t matter if a book is well-known or not–if it’s popular or not–unless it passes my standards, I won’t read it. I am picky that way, and not just when it comes to books.
The Shack is a book written by WM. Paul Young. My dad heard about this book from his sister who heard it from someone else. Curious as to what the contents of the books were (since the way he heard about it really roused his curiosity), my dad began his search for this book. He found it, I suppose, months later. He wasn’t able to read it as soon as he purchased it, though, since he was still reading another book. Hence, my mom got to read it first.
I have to admit that when I read the back of the book–the short cover flap synopsis–I was intrigued. I knew from my father that it was a book about religion, but not like the other books about religion that I have read. It has mystery and the question posed at the final paragraph of the said synopsis was one that is often asked but is also often answered the way it is usually answered.
Even though I was intrigued, I didn’t read the book at once as well. Even when my dad had finished reading it and had asked me to read it, I still wouldn’t. After all, I have, like, five more books plus a couple of ebooks left for me to read and all of them were interesting. Honestly, I wouldn’t have read The Shack unless my dad told me he was going to pay me to read it–which, he eventually told me, followed by saying that I need to read this book because he felt it was meant for me to read.
Who would say no to being paid a thousand pesos just for them to read a book that, without a doubt, would only take them half a day to read? So, of course, I said that I would read it. I quickly finished the book I was reading, which was Alex Flinn’s Bewitching and quickly started The Shack. I was caught up with the first chapters. It held mystery and, having just read all the Temperance Brennan books days before, I feel as though I am still pulled by the desire to read mystery-crime novels–which was what the first chapters of The Shack felt for me.
I am afraid to summarize the book on my own words since I feel as though I would just end up blurting the whole plot and how the story goes, so allow me to copy what is written at the back of the book so that you can get a little bit of idea as to what this story is about:
Mackenzie Allen Philips’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.
Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question: Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps to transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!
And then, Mack–that’s the main character of the book–gets to the shack. And that’s when whatever my reasons for reading the book vanished. I read it continuously, but not in a hurried fashion that some would do just to say that they’ve “read” the book. I read it in a way that I let the words flow from the book to my mind and to my heart. To say that no other book had come close to touching my heart when I read it would be the understatement of the decade, because I was deeply moved with the contents of the book. I am not even embarrassed to admit that I cried more than once while reading the book that had touched not just my heart but my soul. No other book had come close to doing that!
The book is unlike no other and I am not going to spoil any of you in telling what happens in the book or why it has moved me so. Some might even think that it is stupid of me to cry just because of something I have read in a book. But I don’t particularly care about those people that say stuff like that. I suppose it is one of the things I have learned from The Shack–not to be ashamed of my emotions.
Some–okay, maybe a lot–of people might be put down about this book since it is a book that speaks of religion. After all, why would you want to read anything like that? Religion should be just limited to Sunday mass, or church, or the bible. People would rather read Harry Potter, or Twilight, or The Hunger Games, or any of those books in the New York Times Bestselling list. Now those books would be interesting! “Why would I read a stupid book on Christianity? I’m not even a Christian!” some would even say. All I can say is that you have to give it a try. It doesn’t matter what your religious belief is. This book is not limited to Christianity. And, if you are going to read this book, you must have an open mind and heart to fully understand the message that it is trying to deliver.
And, as WM. Paul Young had penned–and according to him, as Mack had said–if you like it, that’s great, spread the word. If you don’t, then this book was not meant for you. I hope that everyone would like it, that they would share this book as well. I also hope…and I think I really do believe in my heart and soul, that happened in this book is real; that this story isn’t fiction.
I would like to say that this book has begun to change my life and the way I view the world and even my relationship with God. I am humbled by the message in this book and it helped me take one step closer to being a better person. Suffice to say that I didn’t take the thousand bucks my dad offered me to read this book. I couldn’t. Truth be told, I felt as though I was the one who should be paying him for making me read this book.
If you’re in that place where fear, worry, pain, confusion, and that all-too-familiar feeling of being unloved and unwanted or even when you feel like you have no cares in the world and you have everything you want and you don’t have any questions of your own, you will want to read this book. If you feel abandoned, guilty, and if you feel like the world is against you, you need to read this book. WM. Paul Young wasn’t kidding when he wrote that it will change your life (if this book is for you), because it will!
Learn more about The Shack here: http://www.theshackbook.com. You can even read sample chapter from this website as well as gleam a little more from Willie’s blog, whose link you can also find in this website. I recommend reading Willie’s blog after you have read the book.
If you want to order the book, you can head to http://theshackbook.com/order.html or to your local bookstores, or even order one from Amazon.com.
I do hope that you guys would read this book. It really doesn’t matter if you’re a believer or not. I just hope that when you read this book (especially if you’re of the Christian faith) that you will not limit yourself. If you open yourself up to the wonderful possibility of the truth in the words penned in this book, then I can guarantee that you will laugh, you will cry, and you are going to be a changed person–even if that change is just a little bit–by the time you finish reading. It will change the way you view things, especially your relationship–not just spiritual relationship–but the relationship of those around you.
Dream on; Fly on!