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Book Review: The Shack

I just finished reading The Shack by William P. Young. Wow. This is the type of book that keeps you thinking long after you’ve finished it.

Mr. Young tells the story of how Mack finds his way to God. Mack has gone through a huge (unimaginable) tragedy and – understandably – turns away from God. This is the story of how he journeys back.

The way Mr. Young describes God, Jesus, and everyone else involved is – in a round-about way – how I have pictured God…without really knowing it. I mean…if I were able to write this well and put my thoughts together, THIS is how I think God is. (I can’t really explain any more without giving too much of the book away…)

The emotions you go through while reading this book are just incredible. More than once I had tears just streaming down my face…and not always because I was sad.

Once you’ve finished the story, I highly recommend going back and reading the Forward again. It makes a lot more sense the second time around and I think it pulls the entire story together.

I found myself fairly emotional while sitting in church today…choking up while trying to sing songs about Jesus. It’s happened before – just getting overwhelmed by what you’re singing or hearing…but it seemed even more deep than before since I was reflecting on the things I’d read. I also think I was moved more than normal because this book was recommended to me by my brother … someone I’d never really thought to label “religious.” (Not that I would now either…)

The Missy Project was created to help get the word out about this incredible book. I’m more than happy to link up.

6 Responses

  1. This one has long been on my “must-read” list…it is even on my nightstand…between you and Laura at Catholic Teacher Musings, this will be in my summer bag! 🙂

    Thanks for the great review!

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  3. I have had a few people tell me to read this book and I still have it on my list of “must reads”, if i ever find the time for myself and not just school books for the kids….

  4. It took me a little while to get into this book. But, after that, I really loved it!

  5. You word so well many of the feelings I had when I read the book. I have recommended it to many and it has really really helped me to see God away from the stereotypical.

  6. I started to read this a few months ago and just wasn’t in the right mind set. After reading your review I think I will give it another try! Thank you

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